Lynn's perfect April mark ends; Mets top Cards 4-1

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 24, 2014 at 6:05 pm •  Published: April 24, 2014
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NEW YORK (AP) — Lance Lynn began the day as the greatest April pitcher in major league history.

He ended it with a blown lead and a discouraging loss.

Chris Young homered to start New York's comeback and slumping Curtis Granderson singled in a run as a pinch hitter Thursday, helping Bartolo Colon and the Mets beat the St. Louis Cardinals.

"With the stuff I had today, I should have been better," Lynn said.

Lynn had been 12-0 through April in his big league career, including one March victory. Among pitchers with at least 10 March/April wins, his percentage was the best ahead of Babe Ruth's .929 (13-1).

But Lynn (4-1) allowed three runs — two earned — and four hits in 6 1-3 innings. He gave up Young's tying home run in the fifth, then threw wildly to first on Eric Young Jr.'s leadoff bunt in the sixth for a two-base error. Daniel Murphy blooped a double just in front of diving center fielder Jon Jay for a 2-1 lead. New York chased Lynn in a two-run seventh that included RBIs from Granderson and Murphy.

"It was a pretty good outing," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "We're just not putting up the offense."

Indeed. St. Louis is averaging just under 3.5 runs per game, down from 4.8 last year en route to the NL pennant. The Cardinals have lost six of nine and gone 291 at-bats without a home run since Allen Craig connected at Milwaukee off Wily Peralta on April 16. That's two shy of their streak from July 26-Aug. 2 last summer, which was their longest since a 334-at-bat drought in May 2010, according to STATS.

"We're still confident. You know it's still April, but we want to get it going," second baseman Kolten Wong said. "Things are not clicking the way we want them to."

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