Ryan Ludwick raised his RBI total to 87 with a bases-clearing double in the first. In fact, the first five Cardinals reached base in the first inning. After that, they had only four baserunners the rest of the game -- three singles and a walk.
"I think there was more to get in the next eight innings, but they just shut us down," manager Tony La Russa said. A 3 2/3-inning scoreless effort by the Cardinals bullpen was wasted.
Lohse had only himself to blame, though. He gave the early lead back by the end of the second inning, a frame culminated in a three-run homer by Hanley Ramirez. With one out and a man on, the Cardinals gave up an infield dribbler single to John Baker. The ball started out foul, then went fair along the first base line. Lohse didn't move, and catcher Yadier Molina's belated throw to first was too late.
After Chris Volstad sacrificed, Lohse gave up his 15th homer of the season to Ramirez on a bad off-speed pitch.
"I'm not trying to throw a changeup over the middle of the plate to Ramirez, but that's what I ended up doing," Lohse said. "I made a mistake that cost us the game.
"Bad pitch and bad execution put together. ... and that's your ballgame."
Lohse went from July 25 of last year to July 25 of this year suffering two losses. He has three losses in his last four starts now, giving up 18 runs in 21 2/3 innings.
MARLINS 4, CARDINALS 3: The Cardinals played their major league-high 43rd one-run game. They have lost 22 of those games after scoring three runs in the first inning on Ryan Ludwick's double and then putting just two runners in scoring position the rest of the game. Albert Pujols, Rick Ankiel, Troy Glaus and Yadier Molina had two singles among them in 14 at-bats.
--RHP Chris Carpenter, who left his Sunday night with an injury, returned to St. Louis to get his arm looked at. After an MRI and an exam, Dr. George Paletta's diagnosis was a strained shoulder muscle. Carpenter will miss his next scheduled start at Cincinnati, to be replaced either by RHP Brad Thompson or rookie LHP Jaime Garcia. No rotator cuff damage was found.
Carpenter had made three starts for the Cardinals after being out after 16 months with an elbow injury that required surgery.
--Not coincidentally, the rehabilitation program of RHP Adam Wainwright (sprained right middle finger) was adjusted. Wainwright was presumed to be coming back as a reliever, but it was announced that Wainwright will throw as many as 70 pitches in a start for Class AA Springfield on Saturday. This suggests Wainwright will be coming back as a starter.
--Rookie OF Brian Barton, who had been disabled with a broken right wrist, rejoined the team but was not activated. Though his rehab assignment at Class AAA Memphis has expired, Barton can remain on the disabled list. Barton must remain on the DL or on the Cardinals' 25-man active roster to remain under the club's control because he is a Rule 5 selection.
--OF Joe Mather fanned as a pinch hitter to end the game, but the rookie still is 4-for-10 with two homers as a pinch hitter, including a home run Monday night.
--RHP Kyle Lohse has given up six homers in his last four starts after allowing only eight homers in his first 22.
BY THE NUMBERS: 8 -- Twenty-homer seasons for 3B Troy Glaus.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I've always believed in myself. If I had ever stopped believing in myself, I wouldn't be here right now." -- OF Ryan Ludwick, one of the surprise stars in the National League this season.