Cardinals Major League Notebook: 08/29/11

The Cardinals took the Pittsburgh series three games to one behind Kyle Lohse on Sunday.



The Cardinals scored their first series victory in two weeks Sunday when they wrapped up a three-of-four performance against Pittsburgh with a 7-4 win at Busch Stadium. Their last series triumph was on Aug. 12-14 when they beat Colorado two games out of three at home.

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 Los Angeles and had seemed to lose focus.

"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.

3B David Freese and SS/2B Ryan Theriot each knocked in two runs. Freese drove in a key run in a two-run seventh with a bloop single after fouling off four full-count pitches.

The Cardinals had a losing homestand at 3-4 but it could have been worse, after dropping the first three to Los Angeles. "We could have gone in the toilet and flushed it after L.A.," manager Tony La Russa said. "That was not a happy series, but we did not flush ourselves."

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 Milwaukee. Dickson, 26, worked four scoreless innings of relief for the Cardinals in a couple of games in early July before being sent out again.

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 Milwaukee.

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 Toronto.

1B Albert Pujols and C Yadier Molina both got complete days off. That's the first time that had happened all season when both were healthy.

BY THE NUMBERS: 0.46 - RH reliever Kyle McClellan's ERA against Pittsburgh in his last 17 relief appearances against them.

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.




RHP Lance Lynn (strained left oblique) went on the 15-day disabled list Aug. 10.

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

Tue., Aug. 30 at BREWERS: Edwin Jackson (10-9, 3.94) vs. Shaun Marcum (11-4, 3.38) 7:10 p.m. CDT (FOX Sports Midwest, KMOX Radio and Cardinals Radio Network).


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Kyle Lohse sounds off on notching his 100th win Sunday and Tony La Russa shares his thoughts.

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