Lynn reaches 50 wins in 99th start

Lynn reaches 50 wins in 99th start

ST. LOUIS -- Having previously become just the seventh Cardinals pitcher to win 40 games before making his 100th career appearance, Lance Lynn added the 50-win milestone to his resume on Wednesday night, in his 99th start.

Lynn downplayed the significance -- "It means I play for a pretty good team," he said after the Cardinals' 4-2 win over the Brewers.-- but it has been a quick ascent to No. 50 for a pitcher who didn't join the rotation full-time until 2012. Since then, his 49 wins are the fourth-most in the Majors.

Wednesday wasn't Lynn's sharpest display, as he allowed six hits while lasting only five innings, but he used some timely strikeouts to maneuver his way through trouble and hold the Brewers to just one run. Relying heavily on his fastball, Lynn had only one inning in which he threw 16 or fewer pitches. That was his last one.

"He kept them down, but he worked hard to do it and found himself in trouble quite a bit," manager Mike Matheny said. "I wouldn't say that was one of his best days, but he was still very good. He had to work very hard. You're looking at [99] pitches after five, that's doing it a little different than what he's accustomed to. But he was still very good."

This was one of just 11 career wins as a starter in which Lynn didn't finish six innings.

"The lack of crispness might have been due to the fact that it's been more than a week since I last pitched," said Lynn, whose previous start had come eight days ago. "Right now, you don't want the extra days because you're fresh, but then when you need them at the end of the year, they won't be there."

With 13 April wins since 2012, Lynn currently tops the Majors in that department.

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