Lance Lynn surrendered two more runs in the top of the third. Justin Morneau looped a one-out single, then Pedro Alvarez crushed a two-run homer to dead center. Alvarez jumped all over a 1-0 fastball from the Cardinals starter that caught too much of the plate:
Gerrit Cole thanked his offense for their run support with a perfect bottom of third. The right-hander looked especially dominant against Lynn and Matt Carpenter, striking out each batter on three pitches apiece.
Cole continued to roll in the bottom of the fourth, tossing his third straight perfect frame. More impressively, it came against the Cardinals 2-3-4 hitters, including a Matt Holliday strikeout.