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Cardinals @ Brewers, Sept. 7

The Cardinals' impotent offense finally came in handy for something Tuesday -- It allowed broken down closer Trevor Hoffman to limp to 600 career saves when Colby Rasmus led off the ninth with a single and pinch hitter Randy Winn promptly hit into a double play to end the threat and send the Redbirds to a 4-2 loss.

It was the 13th times since the beginning of August that St. Louis scored three runs or less in a ballgame.

Former Cardinals farmhand Chris Narveson baffled the Birds with his changeup all night long. He struck out nine Cardinals in seven innings while allowing only four hits and two runs. Narveson finished the game with a 5.20 ERA, despite taming Redbirds batsmen. Isn't it amazing how St. Louis hitters can make lousy opposing pitchers look brilliant?

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Umpire Bob Davidson throws out a fan in the seventh inning of the Cardinals' Tuesday game against Milwaukee. That's right. He threw out a fan. Not to mention Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan and a Brewers coach and hitter. They must have pointed out that his strike zone is terrible and that he seems to have only the most tenuous of grips on the rule book. AP photo.

Speaking of lousy pitchers, Kyle Lohse had a chance to look like less of one than he usually does. He allowed two runs through the first four innings and was in a tied game at the start of the bottom of the fifth when Narveson stood in at the plate for an easy leadoff out. Unfortunately, Lohse hit Narveson with a pitch. Then he walked Ricky Weeks to put two on with none out. Lohse got a couple of outs without any harm before walking the bases loaded and allowing a two-run, two-out hit that was the difference in the game. He was an out away from five innings pitched with two runs allowed. Instead, Lohse's ERA somehow went UP to 7.13.

Cardinals Star of the Game: Rasmus had two hits, the only Cardinals hitter to manage as many. He also struck out twice.

Cardinals Play of the Game: Rasmus' game-tying single in the top of the fourth.

Lowlight: Lohse's inability to close out innings. All four runs he allowed came with two outs.