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  • 18 Apr
    ST. LOUIS -- Lance Lynn knew from the first pitch on Thursday that his recent struggles were over for at least one game. The St. Louis right-hander bounced back from a frustrating stretch to allow one run over seven innings and the Cardinals scored three times in the third inning of a 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. Matt Carpenter, Jon Jay and Matt Adams drove in runs for the Cardinals, who have won seven of nine. Philadelphia has lost five in a row, tying a season high. The Phillies also dropped five straight from June 7-12. St. Louis, which swept the three-game set, has the most wins in the majors at 62 and is a season-high 25 games over .500. Lynn (12-5) had dropped four of his previous five decisions and was 3-4 with a 6.32 ERA in his past eight starts. "I knew I had to be a lot better than I had been," Lynn said. "It was bad." Lynn came out against the Phillies with an aggressive mindset, which paid immediate dividends. He realized quickly that he had rediscovered his early season groove. "I had good stuff early on and I could feel it," Lynn said. "I knew I had it from the get-go. I was able to attack with my fastball and able to get into a rhythm." Lynn, who was 8-1 with a 2.76 ERA in his first 12 starts, gave up just five hits against the slumping Phillies, who have scored just nine runs during the five-game skid. He struck out six and walked four. Lynns turnaround came at a perfect time. St. Louis is set to embark on an 11-game road swing beginning Friday in Atlanta. Lynn, whose last win came on July 7, retired eight batters in a row from the fourth through seventh innings. He set the side down in order in the fifth and sixth on a combined 23 pitches. "Thats what weve been hoping to see," St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said. "He kept his focus and he still maintained his energy. He had impressive depth to his sinker." Closer Edward Mujica picked up his 30th save in 32 opportunities. He struck out two and is tied with Pittsburghs Jason Grilli for the most saves in the NL. Trevor Rosenthal pitched a scoreless eighth for the Cardinals. Mujica, who converted his first 21 save opportunities this season, needed to 14 pitches to nail down the victory. "At the beginning of the season, they gave me the ball in the seventh inning," Mujica said. "I never thought about being a closer. This is unbelievable for me." St. Louis scored three times on four hits off Philadelphia starter Kyle Kendrick (9-7) in the third. Carpenter drove in Pete Kozma with a one-out single. Jay followed with an RBI triple and Adams added a run-scoring single. St. Louis, which leads Pittsburgh by 2 1/2 games in the NL Central, won five of six games on its homestand. "You show up every day wanting to play and you end up with good results," Carpenter said. "This was a big day for us." Kendrick allowed three runs and five hits over six innings. He gave up just one hit in five of the innings, but the third inning was costly. "One bad inning can lose a game for you," Kendrick said. "It was a quality start, but I had to pitch than that tonight and I didnt do it." Erik Kratz drove in the Phillies run with a single in the fourth. Philadelphia outfielder Steve Susdorf grounded into a double play in the seventh in his major league debut. He was recalled earlier in the day to replace Domonic Brown, who was placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list. The Phillies, who fell to 9-19 against NL Central foes, remain eight games behind Atlanta in the NL East. "At times, we have trouble putting anything on the board," Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel said. "We got some hits, but we didnt have any real good chances." Notes: St. Louis OF Matt Holliday is expected to come off the disabled list on Saturday. Hollidays wife Leslee gave birth to a son, Reid Joshua, on Wednesday night. 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Another year equals another trophy for Dominique Sonic Fox McLean as he took his third Evolution Championship Series title today in front of a crowd of thousands at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Only 18 years old, it seems like theres no slowing down for Sonic Fox.He has won it all before, convincingly across Injustice: Gods Among Us and Mortal Kombat X, but this time, unlike before, he was pushed to his absolute limit in Mortal Kombat X. His opponent, Bahraini player Sayed Tekken Master hashim Ahmed, has never attended a major tournament before, and in his debut on the big stage at Evo in Las Vegas, he came to impress. He took Sonic Fox to a second set, 10 games, before Sonic Fox finally wrapped things up with a decisive blow.Following his win, Sonic Fox jumped out of his seat in excitement.I dont know how it feels yet, he said. Itll probably hit me -- how it feels to be a be a three-time Evo champion -- in the morning, but Im super exhausted.Prior to playing Tekken Master in the grand finals, Sonic Fox took a dominating win over him in the winners finals 3-0. Sonic Fox says that he was expecting to do it again, and Tekken Master coming out stronger in the grand finals took him as a surprise.When Tekken Master beat Scar, I was really excited, because I didnt want to fight an extremely stressful matchup, Sonic Fox explained. I was actually expecting to 3-0 [Tekken Master] in the grand finals. But I dont even know what happened. He was so smart, he played so well, and hes so good with neutral in that game. I still ended up playing an extremely stressful match.To take the win, Sonic Fox threw off his signature blue fox hat, revealing his head for the fiirst time.dddddddddddd The crowd and the commentators were ecstatic, making jokes that they were shocked not to see his brain under the hat. When asked why he removed the hat, Sonic Fox said it helped him focus.[Removing the hat] was a way for me to relax and also it helps me focus, so I kind of always say, the limiters are coming off now, he explained, laughing. I focused and regained what I needed to do in that matchup, quickly clutching out two other games after I took off the hat. It let me think more.As one of the first times he has been challenged, its possible that other players are out there that could give him a run for his money. Some players may be unable to attend tournaments, and therefore dont get their shot.[Tekken Master] definitely has to be an online warrior, he said. You never know who youre going to come across, but there could be that one player who gives you a run for your money. Luckily for me, I didnt lose a single match until the grand finals for this tournament. And it is grand finals, so if you want the trophy, you better earn it.But Sonic Fox game comes with one challenge: obtaining an audience due to the maturity, blood and gore involved in Mortal Kombat X. While his peer Brad Scar Vaughn told ESPN.com that he believes Injustice 2 will fix that issue, Sonic Fox has a different approach.Tell other people who are looking at us and saying, thats so gross to grow some balls, he said. Thats really it. Ive been playing the game from age 13 and Ive seen worse graphics. This is light work. Are you serious right now? ' ' '