Lohse collects win No. 100

Monday, August 29, 2011
The Cardinals' Allen Craig hits a sacrifice fly to score Kyle Lohse during the fourth inning Sunday in St. Louis. The Cardinals beat the Pirates 7-4. (Jeff Roberson ~ Associated Press)

St. Louis claimed the four-game series against Pittsburgh with a 7-4 victory

ST. LOUIS -- Kyle Lohse received an ice-water shower from his St. Louis teammates after picking up his 100th career win Sunday.

Lohse (12-8) gave up four runs -- two earned -- in the Cardinals' 7-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. He allowed six hits, struck out four and walked two.

Lohse became the 36th active pitcher to reach the 100-win mark. He has 106 losses in his nine-year career.

"I've been around for a while and it's nice to get a nice round number like that," Lohse said. "To share it with my teammates is pretty cool."

Cardinals starter Kyle Lohse pitches to a Pirates batter during the first inning Sunday in St. Louis.
Jeff Roberson
Associated Press

Lohse also put the Cardinals ahead to stay, getting an infield single in the fourth and scoring on Allen Craig's sacrifice fly for a 5-4 lead.

Pittsburgh has lost four of its last six. The Pirates fell a season-high 18 games behind NL Central-leading Milwaukee.

Lohse, the team leader in wins this season, gave up a run in the first inning and three more in the second, with an error by shortstop Ryan Theriot contributing to the problems. Lohse retired his last eight batters and left after throwing 99 pitches.

"I think it was one of the more impressive wins he's had all year," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. "He kept battling. He really kept his competitiveness together."

Lohse gave up four runs and five hits to the first nine batters he faced. He then surrendered just one hit and one walk the rest of the way.

The Cardinals' Matt Holliday, left, clowns with teammate Skip Schumaker as they celebrate Sunday's win against the Pirates.

"He made a couple of adjustments," catcher Gerald Laird said. "He slowed down a little bit and really turned it around. The first two innings and then the last three, total opposites."

Jason Motte picked up his first save of the season with a perfect ninth.

The Cardinals completed a 3-4 homestand. They got 11 hits without three-time NL MVP Albert Pujols, who was given the day off.

Matt Holliday, Skip Schumaker and Theriot each had two hits. Lance Berkman drew three walks, two of them intentional, and scored three times.

Jeff Karstens (9-8) gave up five earned runs in 3 2/3 innings.

The Cardinals' David Freese breaks his bat on an RBI-single during the seventh inning Sunday.

"I didn't make the pitches, that's what it comes down to," Karstens said. "Our offense gave me four runs. I should have made it work."

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Karstens never found his rhythm.

"For whatever reason, he wasn't as sharp as he's been," Hurdle said. "It just wasn't there for him today."

The Cardinals scored three runs in the first to take a 3-1 lead. Five of the first seven hitters reached base.

Pittsburgh answered with three runs in the second to go up 4-3. Ronny Cedeno had a run-scoring single, and Josh Harrison and Michael McKenry added doubles.

Theriot's RBI single tied it in the third, and Lohse scored in the fourth.

David Freese brought in Holliday with a run-scoring single in the seventh to push the lead to 6-4.

"This was one of our better wins," La Russa said. "A tough start, but we hung in there."

Noteworthy

* The Cardinals were in first place by a half-game on July 26. They have gone 15-16 since.

* Harrison is 11 for 27 in his last eight games.

* St. Louis starters gave up at least three runs in one inning in all four games of the series.

* The Pirates are 31-34 on the road after a league-worst 17-64 last season.

* The Cardinals travel to Milwaukee to start a three-game set Tuesday.

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