Kyle Lohse came into the contest with a 5-0 career mark against Pittsburgh. It didn’t take long to blemish that mark. Pittsburgh scored six times off Lohse in three innings to win their fifth straight game.
Andrew McCutchen got it started with a lead off single. Jose Tabata tripled him in and then scored when Neil Walker grounded out.
Charlie Morton helped give one back in the second. Colby Rasmus singled and swiped second. He moved to third on a groundball out and scored on a wild pitch to cut the lead to 2-1. But Pittsburgh got that right back as John Bowker homered leading off the second inning.
Pittsburgh extended the lead with a three run third. Cutch doubled leading off and Walker drew a walk that left runners on the corners with one out. Garrett Jones bounced one into the stands for an RBI and Pedro Alvarez’ double scored two.
Lohse didn’t answer the bell for the fourth inning and Pittsburgh broke the game wide open against reliever P.J. Walters in the fifth. After a lead off single from Jones, Alvarez homered. Bowker singled and Ronny Cedeno walked in front of an RBI single from Chris Snyder. McCutchen’s sacrifice fly scored the fourth run of the inning.
Morton allowed an RBI single to Rasmus in the sixth but no runs beside that. St. Louis scored four times in the final two innings against the Pittsburgh bullpen. Too little, too late.
Morton went six and allowed two runs on four singles and a walk. He struck out five. Lohse gave up six runs in three innings.
Winning five straight.
Morton getting his second win of the year.
Bowker was a triple shy of the cycle. Garrett Jones also had three hits.
Alvarez drove in four runs.
The bullpen gave up four runs in three innings. Brad Lincoln was the primary victim, being touched for three runs in the eighth.
Rookie Pedro Ciriaco made an out as a pinch hitter. He was a perfect 2-2 before that.
An error from Argenis Diaz led to the unearned run off Lincoln.
Though he did beat Pittsburgh last month, Lohse’s 5-0 career mark against Pittsburgh came mostly against guys that aren’t on the team anymore. Among those in the starting lineup, only Chris Snyder had faced him more than ten times in his career.
Morton had made three starts – all loses – against St. Louis prior to this. He allowed thirteen earned runs in ten innings.
This was the second time that Alvarez knocked in four or more runs.
Bowker missed the cycle by a triple on 9/18/10 against Arizona. He has ten hits in his last 23 at bats.
Cardinals rookie Dan Descalso had his first career knock.
This was Jones’ first three hit game since 7/28/10.