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Grit Index: D-backs fall to Cardinals in series opener

St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Carpenter, right, scores past Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero on a single by Carlos Beltran in the fourth inning during a game Monday, June 3, 2013, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. (AP Photo/The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Chris Lee)

The Arizona Diamondbacks didn't have an answer for St. Louis Cardinals starter Lance Lynn.

Lynn has had a fantastic year so far for the Cardinals, and Monday night was no exception.

The 26-year-old tossed seven impressive innings, allowing just one run on five hits with only one walk and six strikeouts.

The Cardinals' right-hander notched his eighth win of the season, besting the D-backs 7-1 in the series opener at Busch Stadium.

The Good

Gerardo Parra was the catalyst for the D-backs' lone run of the night. Arizona's leadoff man hit a double to start the sixth inning, advanced to third on a Martin Prado flyout and then scored on a Paul Goldschmidt grounder.

Parra went 2-for-4 with a run scored, raising his average to .314.

The Bad

D-backs' starter Trevor Cahill (3-6) labored on the mound for Arizona. The right-hander allowed five runs and nine hits in just five innings of work against the Cardinals. He also walked three and didn't record a strikeout. This is the first game of the season in which Cahill has not had a single punchout.

The D-backs struggled to contain the Cardinals with runners in scoring position. St. Louis went 4-for-8 with RISP on Monday night.

Noted

• The D-backs optioned pitcher Randall Delgado to Triple-A after the game. Delgado gave up two earned runs on four hits in two innings on Monday night.

• Lynn became the third pitcher in the National League to reach eight wins. Arizona's Patrick Corbin leads the league with nine.

• Prior to Monday's loss, Cahill had surrendered four earns runs or less in 29 straight starts.

• Corbin was named the NL's Pitcher of the Month of May after going 5-0 with a sterling 1.53 ERA.

What's Next

The D-backs and Cardinals will play the second game of their three-game set on Tuesday, June 4 at Busch Stadium. Left-hander Tyler Skaggs (1-0, 0.00) will get the start for the D-backs. He will be opposed by Michael Wacha for the Cards. The game is scheduled to start at 5:15 p.m. local time and can be heard on Arizona Sports 620.

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