ST. LOUIS — Yadier Molina homered and Shelby Miller threw seven shutout innings Friday night as the St. Louis Cardinals blanked the Milwaukee Brewers 2-0 before 42,528 at Busch Stadium.
How it went
David Freese's RBI single against former teammate Kyle Lohse (0-1) put St. Louis ahead 1-0 in the second. Carlos Beltran opened the inning with a single and moved to third on Molina's double off the glove of left fielder Ryan Braun. Freese followed with a sharp single to center to score Beltran. Lohse, who toiled for the Cardinals the last five years, avoided additional damage when he slipped a called third strike past Pete Kozma and induced Miller to roll into a 6-4-3 double play. Molina's bases-empty homer on a 1-0 pitch from Lohse made it 2-0 in the seventh. The drive was measured at 404 feet and sailed over Stan Musial's No. 6 marker on the wall --two hours after the late Musial was honored.
By the numbers
Miller (2-0) threw 113 pitches, 87 for strikes. He walked none and struck out eight, and the only hit against him was a first-inning single by Norichika Aoki. ... Cardinals pitching has not allowed a run in 23 innings. ... Miller has thrown 13 consecutive scoreless innings at Busch Stadium. ... Trevor Rosenthal pitched the eighth and Mitchell Boggs worked the ninth for his second save. ... Lohse, who was 55-35 with the Cardinals from 2008-12, permitted two runs on six hits in seven innings. ... The Brewers had just two hits. ... The game lasted 2 hours, 15 minutes.
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