Lance Lynn made his 100th career appearance for the Cardinals Friday night at Busch Stadium. But none of the first 99 was quite like this one.
The Washington Nationals coaxed only two singles and no walks through eight innings against Lynn, who was perfect for 5 1/3. With Lynn (7-4) at 111 pitches, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny made the call to pull Lynn from a potential second shutout in his last four starts and brought in reliever Trevor Rosenthal for the ninth.

The call proved to be the right one as Rosenthal, surviving a two-out boot by second baseman Kolten Wong, struck out three batters to preserve the Cardinals’ major-league high 14th shutout of the season, one off their total for all last season.

The Cardinals’ 1-0 win before a paid crowd of 41,519, was their fourth shutout in their last four victories. It was dashed off in 2 hours 3 minutes.

“I wish I could do that every night,” said Lynn. “You could hang out with your family a little more.”

Matheny said, “That was as good as we’ve seen (from Lynn) with all things in consideration. The movement, the life he had and that curveball was more of a weapon than probably it’s been in a long time.”

This marked the third time this season the Cardinals had won a game, 1-0, with all three wins coming on solo homers. This one came in the second inning by Matt Adams.

The Cardinals’ first baseman, who last played on May 28 before going onto the disabled list with a left calf injury, returned in grand style.

Adams, who already had a double and a homer off Washington starter Jordan Zimmermann in six career at-bats, pounded a 1-0 pitch 419 feet over the right-center field wall to give the Cardinals the only lead and his dad, visiting from Pennsylvania, an early Father’s Day present.