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Cardinals @ Diamondbacks, April 20

It's a real shame that the Cardinals batsmen put seven runs on the board in the first four innings against All-Star pitcher Danny Haren on the same night the St. Louis pitching staff had its worst night of the season.

Kyle Lohse stank it up bigtime. Not just because he gave up eight hits and seven earned runs in three innings pitched. But mostly because of how he got into so much trouble in the first place.

After getting pounded like a rented mule in the first inning, Lohse got a double play to end the frame and pitched an efficient second inning. In the third, he got the first two guys out and appeared to be cruising... Then he walked two batters in a row with two out, gave up a game tying double, walked another man and -- with the go-ahead run on second and the pitcher up, he gave up the second of four hits surrendered on the night to Haren.

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Cardinals catcher Bryan Anderson tags out Diamondbacks third baseman Mark Reynolds in a play at the plate Tuesday in Arizona's 9-7 win over St. Louis. Anderson was making his first major league start. AP photo.

If that weren't bad enough, the hitters drove in three runs in the fourth to give Lohse a two-run lead for the third time of the night. Lohse promptly gave up a leadoff single then walked the next man he faced to put the go ahead run at the plate. Manager Tony La Russa had seen enough and yanked Lohse in favor of Mitchell Boggs. But it was too late. Boggs got the first man out, then gave up a long homer to Mark Reynolds to lose the lead once again.

Cardinals Star of the Game: Ryan Ludwick broke out his early season power outage with two homers.

Cardinals play of the Game:
Colby Rasmus, Brendan Ryan and catcher Bryan Anderson -- making his first major league start -- combined on a great relay play to nail a Diamondbacks runner at the plate in the bottom of the sixth inning. It was a perfectly executed play that warmed my heart.

Lowlight: Lohse's lousy start.