Former Cardinals pitcher Kyle Lohse held his former teammates to two runs over seven innings Friday night at Busch Stadium.
But that wasn't good enough as Lohse's replacement in the St. Louis rotation, rookie hurler Shelby Miller, three seven shutout innings, striking out seven and walking none.
The only hit Miller allowed came to the first batter he faced, Milwaukee right fielder Norichika Ioki who bounced a single up the middle.
The Cardinals scored in the second inning when Carlos Beltran singled to center and then Yadier Molina hit a hanging fly ball to the left centerfield gap. Milwaukee left fielder Ryan Braun ranged over to get the ball, which he appeared to be able to catch standing up. Instead, he made a dramatic leap for the ball... And it fell out of his glove in what was scored a double but probably should have been a two-base error. David Freese singled up the middle to put St. Louis ahead by a run. But the Cardinals were unable to take advantage of the two on, no out situation.
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St. Louis' second run came in the seventh inning when Molina hit a solo home run into the left centerfield bleachers.
Milwaukee's only real threat came in the top of the ninth when Mitchell Boggs gave up a walk and a single with one out. But he struck out Braun and Rickie Weeks to record his second save and put the Cardinals in first place by themselves with a 6-4 record.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Miller improved to 2-0 for the season with a 1.46 ERA.
Cardinals Play of the Game: It didn't factor in the scoring. But rookie shortstop Pete Kozma went from first to third on a bunt in the bottom of the fifth. The bunt was fielded by the catcher, but no one covered third base and Kozma didn't even pause rounding the bag, beating shortstop Jean Segura in a foot race to third base. It was a good hustle play and showed that Kozma has his head in the game.
Lowlight: Jon Jay, Matt Carpenter and Allen Craig wore the collar at the plate. Jay fell to .217 for the season and Craig fell to .211. Carpenter had a little more room for a bad day with an average that remained a lofty .359 despite a hitless night in four trips to the plate.