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Cardinals Lohse aims for fourth straight win

Jun 8, 2008 - 2:55 PM St. Louis (37-27) at Houston (32-31) 2:05 pm. EDT

HOUSTON (Ticker) -- Kyle Lohse aims for a career-best fourth straight victory on Sunday as the St. Louis Cardinals wrap up a three-game series with the Houston Astros.

Lohse (6-2, 3.87 ERA) has been one of a slew of surprising pitchers for the Cardinals this season. The righthander struggled last season, going 9-12 with a 4.67 ERA with Cincinnati and Philadelphia before being signed in the offseason.

The righthander has allowed just two runs in his last 17 innings. The way the Cardinals are scoring runs, he may not have to be too sharp. Ryan Ludwick hit a two-run homer and Skip Schumaker drove in three runs as the Cardinals rolled to a 8-4 victory on Saturday.

St. Louis has scored 28 runs over its last five games.

The Cardinals, who have won seven of the last 11 meetings between the teams, will try and extend that dominance against Wandy Rodriguez (2-1, 2.38). Rodriguez allowed five hits in six innings of a 2-0 victory over Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

It was the second start back for Rodriguez since missing a month with a groin injury. Rodriguez is 1-5 with a 5.31 ERA in eight career appearances - seven starts - against St. Louis.








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    HOUSTON 0 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 9 2 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: STL - KYLE LOHSE, RON VILLONE (7TH), RUSS SPRINGER (7TH), CHRIS
    PEREZ (8TH), RANDY FLORES (8TH), RYAN FRANKLIN (9TH) AND
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    HOU - WANDY RODRIGUEZ, DOUG

    Jun 8 5:01 PM


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    AT HOUSTON - MID INNING UPDATE
    PLAY: R Abercrombie in center field.
    SITUATION: 0 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 5
    HOUSTON 4 TOP, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: S Schumaker (.306, 2 HR, 22 RBI)

    Cardinals 5, Astros 4  Top 9, 0 OutsJun 8 4:49 PM
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    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY DARIN ERSTAD SCORED CARLOS LEE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, D ERSTAD ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 5
    HOUSTON 5 BOTTOM, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: M BOURN (.225, 1-FOR-3)

    Cardinals 5, Astros 5  Bot 8, 0 OutsJun 8 4:34 PM
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    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY BRAD AUSMUS SCORED MICHAEL BOURN.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, B AUSMUS ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 5
    HOUSTON 4 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: M LORETTA (.283, 1 HR, 13 RBI)

    Cardinals 5, Astros 4  Bot 7, 0 OutsJun 8 4:14 PM


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    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    ERROR BY MICHAEL BOURN ALLOWED BRENDAN RYAN TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 5 RUNS IN, J MATHER ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 5
    HOUSTON 3 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: A PUJOLS (.349, 0-FOR-2, BB)

    Cardinals 5, Astros 3  Top 7, 0 OutsJun 8 3:55 PM


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    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY BRENDAN RYAN SCORED YADIER MOLINA AND CESAR
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    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, B RYAN ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 4
    HOUSTON 3 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: J MATHER (.219, 0-FOR-3)

    Cardinals 4, Astros 3  Top 7, 0 OutsJun 8 3:50 PM
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    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
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    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, C IZTURIS ON FIRST, Y MOLINA ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 2
    HOUSTON 3 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: B RYAN (.276, 0-FOR-3)

    Cardinals 2, Astros 3  Top 7, 0 OutsJun 8 3:49 PM


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    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY BRIAN BARTON SCORED RYAN LUDWICK.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, Y MOLINA ON FIRST, T GLAUS ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 1
    HOUSTON 3 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: K LOHSE (.111, 0-FOR-2)

    Cardinals 1, Astros 3  Top 7, 0 OutsJun 8 3:41 PM
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    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY LANCE BERKMAN (18) TO RIGHT CENTER
    WITH 1 OUT IN THE 3RD OFF KYLE LOHSE SCORED HUNTER PENCE AND MIGUEL
    TEJADA.
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 0, HOUSTON 3
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: C LEE (.257, 1-FOR-1)

    Cardinals 0, Astros 3  Bot 3, 0 OutsJun 8 2:56 PM