Royals, Cards resume I-70 Series at BuschJun 15, 2012 - 2:59 PM
Lohse fell to 4-1 on the season with a 5-4 loss at Houston on May 4 - when he allowed five runs in five innings - but is 2-0 in seven starts since, including a 2-0 blanking of Cleveland in his most recent outing on June 9.
In that start, Lohse gave up just three hits, walked two and struck out four across 7 2/3 innings while improving to 108-107 in his big-league career and lowering his in-season earned run average to 2.90.
Lohse, who reached double-digit wins for the fourth time in 12 big-league seasons in 2011, is 6-5 lifetime against the Royals with a 3.97 ERA in 115 2/3 innings.
For Kansas City, righty Vin Mazzaro starts for the fourth time this season and the third time in his career against St. Louis.
The New Jersey native was a third-round pick of the Oakland Athletics in 2005 and debuted with them in 2009, before heading to Kansas City in a November 2010 trade that sent David DeJesus to Oakland.
Mazzaro split two decisions in seven appearances with the Royals last season and has bounced between the minors and the big leagues in 2012 while making three starts and one relief outing.
He won the initial two starts against Texas and Oakland, but was a 5-3 loser at Pittsburgh on June 9 after allowing four runs on three hits and four walks in three innings.
The 25-year-old has faced St. Louis twice and posted a 5.73 ERA in 11 innings in a pair of no-decisions.
On Thursday in Kansas City, the Royals came from behind in the ninth inning for the second straight night, beating Milwaukee, 4-3, to complete a three- game sweep.
Brayan Pena stroked a pinch-hit single in the ninth off of John Axford (1-3) to score two runs and win the game.
Luke Hochevar kept the Brewers' bats quiet, allowing three runs in 7 1/3 innings. Hochevar received a no-decision after allowing six hits and a walk while striking out five.
In St. Louis, David Freese hit a two-run homer and an RBI double and the Cardinals topped the Chicago White Sox, 5-3, in the finale of a three-game interleague series.
Matt Adams added a two-run single for the Cardinals, who took two of three in this series. Daniel Descalso chipped in with two hits and a run scored in the victory.
Jake Westbrook (5-6) retired the first 12 batters he faced and allowed three runs on five hits without issuing a walk over six frames to earn the win.
Jason Motte earned his 13th save of the season with a perfect ninth inning.
St. Louis won four of six from the Royals last season.
- KANSAS CITY: 3
ST. LOUIS: 2
Jun 15 11:01 PM
- Pinch-Hitter Shane Robinson single to right scored Matt Adams with two out. Runner on first and Daniel Descalso due up.
Royals 3, Cardinals 2 Bot 7, 2 OutsJun 15 10:14 PM
- Matt Adams double to center scored David Freese with one out. Runner on second and Tyler Greene due up.
Royals 3, Cardinals 1 Bot 7, 1 OutJun 15 10:09 PM
- Jeff Francoeur sacrifice fly out to center scored Chris Getz with one out. Runner on first and Mike Moustakas due up.
Royals 3, Cardinals 0 Top 7, 1 OutJun 15 9:59 PM
- Jeff Francoeur single to center scored Alex Gordon with two out. Runner on first and Mike Moustakas due up.
Royals 2, Cardinals 0 Top 3, 2 OutsJun 15 8:52 PM
- Jarrod Dyson single to pitcher scored Alcides Escobar with two out. Runner on first and Vin Mazzaro due up.
Royals 1, Cardinals 0 Top 2, 2 OutsJun 15 8:34 PM
- KANSAS CITY: 0
ST. LOUIS: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Jun 15 8:16 PM
- Lynn shoots for seventh win of year against Brewers 9:30a
- Royals try to even series in Oakland 9:27a
- Rosales, A's edge Royals 1:32a
- Freese helps Cardinals outslug Brewers 1:11a
- Royals place OF Dyson on DL Fri
- Cards hope to get back into win column against Milwaukee Fri
- Royals try to give Shields support in opener at Oakland Fri
- Mets end skid, defeat Cards to salvage four-game set Thu
- Cards hope to break out the brooms on the slumping Mets Thu
- Cards edge Mets Thu
- Royals jump on Angels early, take series Thu
- Angels aim to keep bats going, conclude set with Royals Wed