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St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Miguel Batista, right, pumps his fist as he walks off the field after getting Kansas City Royals' Jeff Francoeur, left, to hit into an inning-ending double play Sunday, June 19, 2011. St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Miguel Batista, right, pumps his fist as he walks off the field after getting Kansas City Royals' Jeff Francoeur, left, to hit into an inning-ending double play Sunday, June 19, 2011.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Pitcher Miguel Batista has been released by the St. Louis Cardinals, one day after he walked consecutive batters with the bases loaded.

The 40-year-old right-hander was part of a bullpen collapse in Tuesday night's 10-2 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. The Phillies scored a season-best nine runs in the eighth against five relievers.

Right-hander Lance Lynn was recalled from Triple-A Memphis and the team said he would be available in the bullpen Wednesday night against the Phillies. The 24-year-old Lynn was 1-1 with a 5.23 ERA in two starts earlier this year with St. Louis, and is 7-3 with a 3.84 ERA in 12 minor league starts, the last one on Sunday.

Lynn's last relief appearance was in 2009 for Class A Palm Beach.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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