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WSH@STL: Lynn fans eight in a dominant start

With their offense running dry, the Cardinals will begin their first trip west on Monday, hoping they might find a spark in the hitter's paradise of Coors Field.

Before Sunday's five-run outburst, the Cardinals had scored eight runs in their previous four games. They'll send Lance Lynn to the mound on Monday against the Rockies looking for a solid start to the 11-day, 10-game road trip.

"We're in grind mode and we've been that way here for a while," said manager Mike Matheny. "I don't see it going away any time soon. That's the kind of season we're in. Every game is just a knock-down, drag-out. None of them are going to be easy. I think that's just the season we're set up for."

Though the Cardinals have struggled to produce runs, their pitching has been solid, and they'll look to continue that trend in Colorado. Lynn has been steady all season, sporting a 3.15 ERA, and had a six-inning, two-run outing his last time out against the Mets. Lynn's road ERA of 3.07 is slightly better than his 3.22 mark at Busch Stadium, though he has yet to pitch in the high altitude of Coors Field.

The Cardinals' offense will look to make a dent against Rockies righty Jhoulys Chacin, who has reached the six-inning mark in three straight starts after missing it for three before that. Chacin seems to have adjusted to pitching in Denver: He has a 3.80 home ERA in four starts, as opposed to a 5.14 ERA in five road starts.

His last time out, Chacin took a loss, allowing three earned runs over six innings to the Dodgers on Wednesday.

Cardinals: Holliday moves up in lineup
In Sunday's game, Matt Holliday batted No. 2 for the first time since 2010. Matheny bumped him up in an effort to get his stellar on-base percentage higher in the order.

"We're just trying to get a real good feel here with how guys are swinging it and trying to take advantage with a couple guys who are getting on base a lot and having faith in guys later in the lineup, in the middle of the lineup to drive them in," Matheny said. "It's always trying to figure out what's going to work today, and this is what we're rolling with."

This series will see Holliday return to his first Major League home, where he played from 2004-08.

Rockies: Scahill joins the bullpen
The Rockies called up right-hander Rob Scahill from Triple-A Colorado Springs and activated him for Sunday afternoon's game against the Brewers.

Technically, Scahill replaces right-hander Chris Martin, who was sent down to Colorado Springs on Saturday. Righty reliever Wilton Lopez joined the team Saturday, but the Rockies never officially activated him, meaning the club played Saturday's game with 24 players. On Sunday, they sent Lopez back to Colorado Springs and activated Scahill, who joined the team with two days' rest after throwing 36 pitches in an outing on Thursday.

Scahill, 27, is 1-0 with a 4.29 ERA in 29 Major League appearances covering 42 innings. A starter for much of his Minor League career, Scahill converted to the bullpen last year. This season at Colorado Springs, Scahill is 1-1 with a 3.93 ERA in 24 games, with extended appearances lately.

Worth noting
• The second-place Cardinals don't have a losing streak longer than three games.

• This road trip is the fourth and final three-city trek for St. Louis this year.

• Coors Field has been kind to the Rockies this year. Colorado leads baseball in several home offensive categories, including runs, hits, RBIs, average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and extra-base hits.

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