The Cardinals scored their first
series victory in two weeks Sunday when they wrapped up a three-of-four
The win was career No. 100 for right-hander Kyle Lohse, who has 106 career losses, but is 12-8 this year. Lohse steadied himself after the first couple of innings when he gave up all four Pirates runs, two of them unearned.
In his previous start,
Lohse had allowed eight runs in three innings against
"I was really watching him close," said manager Tony La Russa. "He had a totally different demeanor. He just kept competing. I think the other day ... was just one of those days. But today he never gave the appearance that he wasn't able to get the next hitter out.
"Everybody's watching. The other side's watching. We're watching. All of you are watching. I thought he really kept his competitiveness together."
In the course of extending his consecutive games streak to 29 without allowing an earned run, right-handed reliever Jason Motte posted his first save of the season with a perfect ninth inning.
Motte capped a stretch of four scoreless innings by four relievers.
After scoring all five of their runs on home runs in their previous victory on Friday, the Cardinals scored none via the home run on Sunday. The Cardinals scored three runs on hits to the outfield. Two scored on infield outs. One scored on a sacrifice fly. One scored on an infield hit. "It does happen," said manager Tony La Russa.
The Cardinals had a
losing homestand at 3-4 but it could have been worse, after dropping the first
RHP Brandon Dickson, who
was riding a four-game winning streak at Class AAA Memphis before his start for
that club Sunday night, will be recalled on Thursday to pitch the final game of
the series at
LHP Jaime Garcia will skip a turn in the rotation, with RHP Brandon Dickson getting the start. Garcia is 1-4 in his last eight starts, winless in his last six and has failed to last more than five innings in four of his last five. RHP Chris Carpenter, who was pounded on Saturday, and the rest of the starts will get at least one extra day off.
RHP Adam Wainwright, out
for the year after elbow surgery, will make his first trip of the season with
the club. Wainwright will do some throwing, not pitching, on the trip, and also
will participate in the club's fantasy football draft in
LH reliever Marc Rzepczynski fanned three hitters in the sixth inning Sunday. He has allowed just
one run in 11 innings as a Cardinal 0.82 ERA) after coming from
BY THE NUMBERS: 0.46 - RH
reliever Kyle McClellan's ERA against
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I don't project next year except to say when I have conversations with people I tell them I really like where this club is going."
- Manager Tony La Russa, on whether he'll be back for a 17th season in 2012.
INF Nick Punto (strained left oblique) went on the 15-day disabled list July 29.
RHP Eduardo Sanchez (mild right shoulder strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 13. He began a rehab assignment with Class AA Springfield on July 7 but had renewed soreness soon after and was shut down until late August or early September. He was transferred to the 60-day DL on July 31.
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.
Mon., Aug. 29: OPEN DATE
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Kyle Lohse sounds off on notching his 100th win Sunday and Tony La Russa shares his thoughts.