Cardinals break Rockies in series opener

Kyle Lohse and Allen Craig led St. Louis to a 9-3 victory over Colorado on Monday night.

INSIDE PITCH

 

Right-hander Kyle Lohse is among a half-dozen or so deserving pitchers who won't be in the All-Star Game. He never has been on an All-Star team, and he might never be on one.

 

However, he is 8-2 with a 2.80 ERA after beating Colorado 9-3 on Monday. Lohse, working at least seven innings for a fifth straight game, gave up two runs in 7 1/3 innings.

 

"He easily could be sitting on 10 wins -- or more," manager Mike Matheny said. "He's been overlooked. He was overlooked all winter, all spring. Everybody talked about our club, but not a lot of people talked about Kyle Lohse."

 

Lohse, who was not always in Tony La Russa's favor, said he didn't expect to be selected to the All-Star team by his former manager.

 

Nor, he insisted, did he mind being overlooked.

 

"I don't strike a lot of guys out," said Lohse. "I don't throw 94, 95 (mph) like I used to. I just go out there and pitch. I'm kind of used to it.

 

"This is my 12th year, and I could care less what people think about me, besides my teammates and my manager."

 

Right fielder Carlos Beltran kept his streak alive, driving in a run (he had two RBI) for the ninth successive game. Beltran has a league-leading 63 RBI for the season.

 

But the real RBI story is that of first baseman Allen Craig. He hit two homers to dead center field, giving him 13 homers on the season. More significant, he has 42 RBI in 40 games.

 

"More RBI than games played," said an admiring Lohse. "That's kind of a joke. It's unbelievable."

 

NOTES, QUOTES

1B Lance Berkman was on the field running before batting practice Monday night, and he has been doing some hitting drills. Berkman, who had right knee surgery May 25, hopes he'll be playing for the Cardinals when the second half the season begins July 13 in Cincinnati. "It wouldn't shock me," he said. "I'm not banking on it, but at the same time, I wouldn't rule it out."

LF Matt Holliday reached base in his first four plate appearances, and his homer and single gave him 28 hits in his last 56 at-bats (.500). "He's as good as anybody in the game right now," manager Mike Matheny said.

1B Allen Craig already has topped his output of last season, when he had 11 homers and 40 RBI. He is at 13 and 42 now after a two-homer night Monday in his 40th game of the season. Manager Mike Matheny says Craig acts like a veteran at the plate. "He makes adjustments well. He's not a guy who seems to have glaring holes. He has a nice swing path, and he generates a lot of power. That's a really dangerous combination," Matheny said.

RF Carlos Beltran has agreed to enter the Home Run Derby at the All-Star Game for the first time. "I have no experience in an event like that, but I guess I'm going to enjoy it," Beltran said of participating in the event next Monday at Kansas City. A switch hitter, Beltran hit 60 homers at Kauffman Stadium while playing for the Royals for 6 1/2 seasons, and then he homered there as a Cardinal on the last trip.

RHP Chris Carpenter, still on the rebound from shoulder weakness, did not throw a bullpen session Monday night, as had been planned, suggesting that there may have been yet another setback. GM John Mozeliak said he would address the matter Tuesday.

By the Numbers:

5 - Runs the Cardinals scored without benefit of a hit Monday in a 9-3 win over Colorado.

Quote to Note:

"If it hurts, don't do it. If it starts to swell, don't do it."

- 1B Lance Berkman, on rehabilitating his surgically repaired right knee.

MEDICAL WATCH

LHP Jaime Garcia (left shoulder strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 6. After further examination, it was determined that he has tearing in his rotator cuff. He's scheduled to throw again July 3 but is out until at least mid-August.

1B Lance Berkman (torn meniscus in right knee) went on the 15-day disabled list May 20. He had arthroscopic surgery May 25, and no ACL damage was found. He took batting practice July 2, and he hopes to return to the Cardinals on July 13.

RHP Kyle McClellan (strained right ulnar collateral ligament) went on the 15-day disabled list May 18, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on June 30. He won't need surgery but likely will be sidelined until at least late July. He's scheduled to throw again July 3.

RHP Chris Carpenter (weak right shoulder) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 26, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on June 10. He threw for the first time since March on June 13 and then threw another 40 pitches on June 15. He threw to hitters for the first time June 22 but then had a setback June 25 when he felt renewed weakness in the shoulder. He said it felt better the next day, and he had an extensive throwing session off flat ground June 27. On June 28, he was told he has thoracic outlet syndrome, which can cause, among its effects, weakness in one's shoulder. A July 2 bullpen session was canceled.

Link to boxscore: St. Louis 9, Colorado 3


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