LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lance Lynn was battling blisters and callouses throughout his two innings on the mound. As a result, his only effective pitch was the fastball. The Los Angeles Dodgers knew it was coming, and they kept whacking it.
Lynn gave up four RBI doubles during a 45-pitch second inning, three of them over his outfielders' heads, and the Dodgers rode their six-run rally to a 9-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday.
"If I threw anything else but the fastball, it hurt. It was burning," Lynn said. "But I'm a fastball pitcher, anyway, and they were ready for it. I tried to throw some other pitches, but I just didn't have any feel with it. It was either spinning or I was yanking it, trying to make it break. And that's when you get yourself in trouble."
Lynn (8-6) was charged with seven runs, nine hits and two wild pitches. The right-hander is 2-4 with a 3.90 ERA in six starts since pitching his first professional shutout May 27 and beating the Mets 6-0 with a career-high 126 pitches.
"Honestly, I have blister problems every time I start, but I usually don't have them rip off like they did today," Lynn said. "I'm missing a lot of the top part of my (middle) finger — the whole tip, pretty much. I think it dried out, coming from Colorado, and it just ripped off. The wetter it got today, the more it kept going back. But that's a part of pitching. You try to get through those things, and I wasn't able to do that."
Los Angeles got an unearned run in the first after back-to-back infield hits by Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez, who returned to the lineup after missing four games with a sore right shoulder. Puig went to third on a fielder's choice grounder by Adrian Gonzalez and continued home when shortstop Daniel Descalso dropped the ball on the exchange from his glove to his right hand.
The Dodgers, who didn't get an extra-base hit in either of the first two games in this series, broke the game open with RBI doubles by Justin Turner, A.J. Ellis, Dee Gordon and Andre Ethier. Gonzalez and Matt Kemp added two-out RBI singles.
The defending NL West champs sent 11 batters to the plate during their most productive inning of the season — including Miguel Rojas, who came in as a pinch runner after Turner strained his left hamstring running out his double.