The Cardinals Major League Notebook 06/15

Right-hander Chris Carpenter pitched respectably, giving up three runs in seven innings Sunday night, but was no match for Cleveland lefty Cliff Lee, who overmatched St. Louis hitters all night.

The Cardinals mustered no hits for the first seven innings and only three for the game to end a six-game road trip. Catcher Yadier Molina's double off the right-field wall to open the eighth inning was the only extra-base hit by any Cardinals hitter other Albert Pujols for the three-game series in Cleveland. Pujols had three homers and a double but went hitless on Sunday night.

The Cardinals' offense, in fact, did not score more than three runs in any game of the series although the team's 3-1 win on Saturday did prevent a sweep. The Cardinals are 5-12 against Cleveland in interleague play and 2-6 in Cleveland.

Carpenter, suffering his first loss in five decisions, had problems locating pitches early, walking second baseman Jamey Carroll to start the game and then throwing a high fastball to left fielder Mark DeRosa, who whacked a two-run homer to give Cleveland a quick 2-0 lead in the first.

The Cardinals had only three runners in scoring position against Lee, who retired 20 in a row at one point.

CLEVELAND 3, CARDINALS 0: The Cardinals were blanked for the third time this season, putting runners on base in only three innings -- the first, eighth and ninth. Six of the nine players in the starting lineup were hitless and the heart of the Cardinals' lineup -- the Nos. 2 through 5 hitters -- went 1-for-15.

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