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Lynn wins pitching dual over Nova as Cardinals edge Pirates 2-1

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Lance Lynn pitched seven shutout innings, Kolten Wong homered and the St. Louis Cardinals stopped a three-game losing streak, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1 Monday night.

St. Louis held off a late rally by the Pirates for the victory at Busch Stadium. In the progress, the Cardinals snapped their three-game losing streak; the Pirates three-game winning streak was also snapped.

The Cardinals took the lead in the third inning when Kolten Wang led off with a homer to fight field off Ivan Nova.

St. Louis scored another run in the seventh inning on a Jose Martinez RBI single. The second run was set up by a Randal Grichuk single and a throwing error by catcher Francisco Cervelli when Grichuk was attempting to steal second base.

The Pirates cut the lead to 2-1 on a Gregory Polanco RBI double with two outs in the ninth, scoring Josh Bell. Pinch-hitter John Jaso grounded out to first to end the game and earn Sueng-Hwan Oh his first save of the season.

Pirates starter Ivan Nova gave up just three hits over eight innings, striking out three without allowing a walk.

On Tuesday night, Chad Kuhl will match up against Mike Leake.

The road to the Stanley Cup once again goes through the nation's capital for the Penguins, who are set to face Washington on Thursday night for Game 1 at Capital One Arena.
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