Lohse shuts down Dodgers, Cardinals win 4-0

Sunday, May 25, 2008

LOS ANGELES -- Kyle Lohse was in sync with catcher Yadier Molina from his first pitch to his last, and everything else took care of itself for the St. Louis Cardinals' right-hander in his third scoreless outing of the season.

Lohse won for the first time in almost a month, scattering six hits over six innings without walking a batter and beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-0 on Saturday night. The only thing that put a damper on the proceedings was a post-game trip to the hospital for third baseman Troy Glaus, who was pinch-hit for in the ninth after complaining of stomach discomfort.

"I was just having some stomach pains and I was having trouble standing up straight," Glaus said. "I'm going to the hospital right now and get them checked out, and we'll see how it goes. I really can't expand on it because I have no idea what it is. But it's not muscular. There's no issue there at all."

Lohse (4-2) struck out five while recording his first victory since April 27 against Houston. Coming off consecutive no-decisions against Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay, he allowed only one runner past second base. That was in the sixth, when Jeff Kent flied out with two men in scoring position.

"I went with the fastball up and in, trying to get him to pop it up, and that's what we got," Lohse said. "It's kind of dangerous, going in there on him like that pitch, but Yadi called it and we got the out. I was locating the fastball real well all night, and that was a big key for me."

After sweeping a three-game series from Cincinnati, the Dodgers have dropped the first two in this three-game set and are 0-for-13 with runners in scoring position. They were 0-for-9 in that department during Friday's 2-1 loss.

"We're not doing a very good job swinging the bats right now," Dodgers manager Joe Torre said. "We're getting a little bit impatient. We're certainly capable of doing more damage than we've done in the last two games. We've basically shut out the opposition in 16 of 18 innings and lose two games."

Brad Penny (5-5) gave up four runs and four hits over seven innings on his 30th birthday, striking out five and walking two.

The loss gave the two-time All-Star one more than he had all of last season, when he tied a personal high with 16 victories and finished with a career-best 3.03 ERA. He is 0-3 with a 9.13 ERA in four starts since his last win on May 2 at Colorado.

The Cardinals, who have won six of their last seven, opened the scoring during a four-run third. Penny walked Adam Kennedy and Skip Schumaker with two out, then gave up an RBI single to Chris Duncan and an RBI double to Albert Pujols before Rick Ankiel capped the rally with a two-run double. Penny then retired 12 of his next 13 batters before he was lifted for a pinch-hitter.

"We had good at-bats by just about everybody there and some guys got a couple of hits to fall," Kennedy said. "That's how we've had success -- stringing together some hits. It was tough against him. It's not like we crushed the ball off him. Those bloopers looked pretty good."

In three of the four games this season in which Penny has given up four runs in an inning, those were the only runs he allowed.

"It didn't matter if I gave up one run tonight. Those guys were executing pitches over there," Penny said. "I think I threw the ball pretty well with the exception of two hitters. For me, I probably felt the best I've felt in five years, stuff-wise."

Just before the game, the Dodgers placed center fielder Andruw Jones on the 15-day disabled list because of an injured right knee that will require surgery and sideline him at least 4 to 6 weeks. The five-time All-Star and 10-time Gold Glove winner is hitting .165 with two homers and seven RBIs in 43 games.

Jones, who signed a two-year, $36.2 million contract last winter after 12 distinguished seasons with the Atlanta Braves, hasn't exactly been a profitable investment for general manager Ned Colletti. Now the club is going to invest 4 to 6 weeks of recuperatory time in the 31-year-old slugger, who will be on the DL for the first time in his career. Dr. Neal Elahrache, the Dodgers' orthopedic surgeon, will perform the surgery Tuesday at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic.

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