DENVER (AP) — Lance Lynn had such good stuff he could hardly be hit. Matt Adams was so dialed in at the plate he gave his pitcher all the offensive support he needed.
The perfect combination for a rout and a rare Coors Field shutout.
Lynn allowed three hits in eight innings and Adams provided the spark with two homers and a career-high six RBIs as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the slumping Colorado Rockies 8-0 on Monday night.
Lynn (8-5) struck out seven and walked none before being taken out for the ninth after throwing 108 pitches. It's the first time Colorado has been held scoreless at home since July 2.
"He was in complete control," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said.
Adams' big night included a two-run single in the third, a solo shot in the fifth and a three-run homer in the seventh. This was the third multihomer game of his career.
"It's just a continuation of how I've felt recently," Adams said. "The big thing that I'm happy about is I'm laying off the sliders and the curve balls from the lefties. I'm trying to make them come over the plate a little bit more instead of chasing what they want me to chase."
Jhoulys Chacin (1-6) struggled with his control, allowing five runs in six innings. He also walked three and hit a batter.
"Whenever you walk a lot of guys, and you don't make good pitches, especially against a team like St. Louis, you're going to pay for it," Chacin said.
Corey Dickerson had two of the hits for Colorado, which has now dropped seven straight.
This was the second time in five days the Rockies have been perplexed by a pitcher, with Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw throwing a no-hitter last Wednesday.
Mixing a cutter with a sinker, Lynn bottled up one of the most potent lineups in the majors. He surrendered a one-out single to Dickerson in the first and then retired 16 straight until Charlie Blackmon and Dickerson had back-to-back singles in the sixth. Lynn got out of the jam by getting Troy Tulowitzki to fly out.
"When you get a good, live fastball like (Lynn) had tonight, you're going to get a lot of guys out," Drew Stubbs said. "He didn't make mistakes."