ST. LOUIS -- Lance Lynn tossed seven sharp innings of three-hit ball to lead the Cardinals past the Mets, 6-0, on Sunday at Busch Stadium as St. Louis closed the first half with a series victory.
Tommy Pham, Paul DeJong and Luke Voit -- who opened the season at Triple-A Memphis -- all homered for the Cardinals, who have won three of their past four series and earned a four-game split in the other. Pham had three hits, two RBIs and two runs scored before leaving in the seventh with right hip tightness. The injury is not considered serious.
"It's a great way to go into the break, no question," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "Obviously a lot of offense. We had contributions from just about everybody."
That was more than enough offense for Lynn (7-6), who struck out two and walked one. He's had a team-high 12 starts this season in which he has limited opponents to two earned runs or fewer.
"I actually felt terrible, but the results were good, so you can't beat it," Lynn said. "The sinker was good, mixed the ball in and out. I was able to keep them off balance with the fastball and change speeds with it, so it worked out well."
Mets starter Steven Matz, who entered the game with a 17-inning scoreless streak, lasted just 4 1/3 innings, allowing five runs on seven hits.
"There were just some poorly executed pitches and they capitalized on it," Matz said. "That's really what it came down to."
The Mets' second straight loss was their fifth in six games.
"I can't explain it," Mets manager Terry Collins said of the back-to-back losses. "We swing the bats, we're not hitting. We're not pitching. You don't pitch, the games are ugly. You don't hit and they look even worse. [Adam Wainwright] was on [Saturday]. Lance [Lynn] was down in the zone and strike one on everybody. They outplayed us."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Pham-tastic: The Cardinals took an early 1-0 lead on Jedd Gyorko's first-inning RBI groundout, but it was Pham's opposite-field two-run home run in the third that broke the game open. Pham's homer was his 11th of the season.
"This is a game that's all about production, it's all about numbers. ... I have 11 home runs, 11 stolen bases now. If I was up here all year, I'd probably be at 15-15, looking at an All-Star season," Pham said. "My numbers aren't far off from being an All-Star. I don't think I'm getting enough credit for what I've done." More >
Throwing gas: Cardinals reliever Trevor Rosenthal struck out the side in the eighth, including Lucas Duda and Rene Rivera looking. It was the third consecutive scoreless outing for Rosenthal, who has struck out five of the past six batters he has faced and lowered his ERA to 4.05.
"[Rosenthal] came in, just trying to find the zone, he brought it down and came up a little high at the beginning and then figured out how to get on top of the ball, and then it was pretty much over once he figures that out," Matheny said. "I think that's pretty much what we've seen all season, when he's able to get on top of the ball and timed up with his front foot contact. He's got that downhill that's very difficult to get to battle."
"I want to know why he's not hitting fourth. That's my impressions. I don't write Mike [Matheny's] lineup, Mike's pretty good, but a pretty good series." -- Collins, on his impressions of Cardinals rookie shortstop DeJong
"I said, when they asked when I got called up who was ready, the two names that I said, Voit and deJong, so it doesn't surprise me. The first thing when [Cardinals hitting coach John Mabry] talked about who I think is ready, I mentioned those two. So it doesn't surprise me that they're having success cause I've seen them do it in Triple-A. [In] Triple-A, thought they were ready." -- Pham, on the success of the Cardinals' younger players
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DeJong had eight extra-base hits in the three-game series against the Mets, the most by a Cardinals player in a three-game series in the modern era.
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With two outs in the sixth, Matt Carpenter hit a grounder straight to Duda, who ran to first from behind the tag to beat Carpenter. Duda then dove in arm-first toward the base just as Carpenter stepped across and was ruled safe. The Mets challenged the call and following a 57-second review, the call was overturned, ending the inning.
WHAT'S NEXT Mets: After the All-Star break, the Mets open a season-long, 10-game homestand on Friday night against the Rockies. First pitch is set for 7:10 p.m. ET. Jacob deGrom (9-3, 3.65) , who will oppose fellow righty Jon Gray, will be looking to win his sixth straight start.
Cardinals: Following the All-Star break, St. Louis will start a 10-game road trip, including two stops against NL Central foes. First up will be the Pirates for a three game series starting Friday at 6:05 p.m. CT. Mike Leake will oppose fellow righty Gerrit Cole in the opener. Before the break, the Cardinals had won or tied their past four series.