The Cardinals Major League Notebook 07/12

Lohse won his eighth straight decision and his 11th in 13 games this year, as the Cardinals shutout the Pirates 6-0, Friday night.

If National League All-Star manager Clint Hurdle needs to make a last-second change in his pitching staff, right-handed pitcher Kyle Lohse could be his man. Lohse won his eighth straight decision and his 11th in 13 games this year by holding Pittsburgh to six hits and no runs over seven innings.

Lohse has never lost to the Pirates in five starts. He is 3-0 for his career against them and he has not lost in 12 consecutive starts for the Cardinals this year.

Oddly, he said he did not warm up well and said because of that, he was as happy with this performance as any this season.

The key to much of the Cardinals' success this season has been their ability to score with two outs and they had the ultimate two-out burst in the third inning.

First baseman Albert Pujols, who has homered 20 times in 57 games at PNC Park, singled with two out in the third against Pittsburgh left-hander Zach Duke. Third baseman Troy Glaus, two for his last 27, also singled and catcher Yadier Molina doubled both home.

Center fielder Rick Ankiel capped the outburst with his 20th homer of the season. Ankiel was three for three with a walk and drove in three runs.

Homering 10 times since June 19, Ankiel said the key was not missing the one pitch he might get to hit in any particular at-bat.

CARDINALS 6, PIRATES 0: The Cardinals had scored two runs or fewer in six of their previous seven games, but put up four runs in the third Friday and coasted. They have beaten the Pirates five times in 10 meetings and they evened their six-game trip record at 2-2 with two games remaining.


--LHP Jaime Garcia became the 10th Cardinals rookie to make his major league debut this season. He worked two scoreless innings in relief. When he walked the leadoff man in the ninth and then wild-pitched him to second, Garcia, 22, admitted, "After the first inning, I realized it was my first big-league game and I got a little shaky."

--LHP Mark Mulder had an MRI on his ailing left shoulder Friday in St. Louis but no results will be known until Monday. Mulder, who had to leave Wednesday's start after 16 pitches, also may seek a second opinion on what to do about the shoulder.

--OF Brian Barton is back home in Los Angeles, resting a cracked bone in his right wrist. The break was discovered a couple of days ago after Barton already had been placed on the 15-day disabled list with what was diagnosed as a bruise.

--Class AAA Memphis CF Colby Rasmus was examined in St. Louis for a groin injury but it was found to be only a strain. Rasmus, however, will not play in the Futures Game on Sunday in New York.

--All-Star OF Ryan Ludwick has had only three hits in his last 20 at-bats but all have been homers.

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