Cardinals Major League Notebook: 07/04/11

The sloppy Cardinals suffered another sixth-inning setback Sunday, losing two of three at Tampa Bay.


The Cardinals, whose starters seemingly have encountered their most trouble in the sixth inning this year, ran into more problems in that inning Sunday.

After right-hander Kyle McClellan surrendered five runs in the sixth inning Saturday, right-hander Kyle Lohse allowed two in the sixth Sunday after designated hitter Lance Berkman's two-run homer had tied the game in the top of the inning.

Some problems in the bullpen then enabled Tampa Bay to add some late runs as the Rays pulled away for an 8-3 win, giving them the series two games to one.

The Cardinals didn't play their best game in the field. One critical mistake was by Lohse, who wasn't in good backup position when second baseman Skip Schumaker threw home following a fifth-inning double by Tampa Bay designated hitter Johnny Damon.

Schumaker's throw skipped past catcher Yadier Molina for Schumaker's first error of the year as Tampa Bay's Eliot Johnson scored the go-ahead run from first. With Lohse out of position, Damon came all the way around to score, too, ahead of the throw from Lohse to Molina after Lohse finally had run down the ball by the screen.

"It was a bad play on my part," Lohse said. "I kind of got caught up watching the play. I was late and I messed up."

Later in the game, center fielder Colby Rasmus missed a cutoff man as he threw home on the fly, allowing a Rays runner to move up.

"Fundamentally, we didn't play our best game and we got beat," said manager Tony La Russa. "I really don't have a whole lot to say.

"No matter how you try to ask it, I don't really have anything else to say other than we got beat."


RHP Kyle Lohse, who finally won his first game in June in his last start of the month Tuesday, started July with an 8-3 loss to Tampa Bay. Lohse (8-5) was strong for four innings, giving up only one run before allowing two in both the fifth and sixth. "I wasn't as sharp as I've been," he said. "(They) kind of waited out my changeup and pounced on some fastballs that I left up. All around, not very good."

RHP Jason Motte almost extricated the Cardinals from a scrape in the sixth when he got a strikeout with a man at third and one out. But then Motte allowed a run-scoring double to left-handed-hitting C John Jaso. Motte has allowed a high total of inherited runners to score (15 of 30).

2B Skip Schumaker's hitting streak ended at 11 games, one shy of his career high set in 2009. 3B David Freese, who had hit safely in his first five games off the disabled list, also was stopped.

OF Lance Berkman was voted an All-Star starter for the second time, and was one of three Cardinals named to the team. OF Matt Holliday and C Yadier Molina also were named as reserves. 1B Albert Pujols, still on the disabled list, was not named for just the second time in his 11 big-league seasons.

RHP Chris Carpenter, among those kicked by Cincinnati RHP Johnny Cueto during a skirmish in Cincinnati last August, will get the nod at home Monday as Cueto starts in St. Louis for the first time since last year's incident. "I'm not concerned about who I'm starting against," Carpenter said. "It was an unfortunate situation. But I've got to go out and pitch."

   BY THE NUMBERS: 8-7 - Cardinals' record in interleague play this season. They were just one of two National League Central teams (Pittsburgh also was 8-7) to have winning records against the American League.

   QUOTE TO NOTE: "I've appreciated him for years. I didn't have to see as much to remind me."

- Manager Tony La Russa, after seeing Tampa Bay DH Johnny Damon get seven hits in the last two games of a series, including a four-RBI game Sunday.





RHP Eduardo Sanchez (mild right shoulder strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 13. He is unlikely to return before mid-July.

1B Albert Pujols (sprained left wrist) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 20. Pujols was diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture of the radius bone in his left forearm. He was originally thought to be out until late July or early August but could return after the All-Star break.

OF Allen Craig (broken right kneecap) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 8.

C Gerald Laird (broken right index finger) went on the 15-day disabled list May 23.

RHP Adam Wainwright (Tommy John surgery in February 2011) went on the 60-day disabled list March 25. He will miss the entire 2011 season. He was scheduled to play catch on flat ground in late June.



Mon., July 4 vs. REDS: Chris Carpenter (3-7, 4.00) vs. Johnny Cueto (5-2, 1.84) 5:15 p.m. CDT (FOX Sports Midwest, KMOX Radio and Cardinals Radio Network).

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