Kyle Lohse picked a bad time to start walking people.
The Cardinals starter only issued five walks in 40-plus innings in April. But, during his first start in May, he walked three in six innings -- and two of them before he served up one of the longest homers at Busch Stadium this year.
St. Louis ended up losing the rain-soaked game 6-5.
The homer, a grand slam, gave Florida a 4-2 lead. But the Cardinals didn't go down easily. Lance Berkman hit a three-run homer for the Birds to put the Cardinals back on top 5-4. But the repreive was short-lived. Marlins slugger Mike Stanton tied the game at five runs each.
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In the eighth, Stanton struck again and lined a ball just past the outstretched glove of St. Louis centerfielder Colby Rasmus. It rolled to the wall for a triple. A sacrifice fly gave Florida a 6-5 lead. And, with runners at the corners and two out in the bottom of the ninth, Rasmus grounded out to give the Redbirds their second consecutive loss.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Berkman, who was 2-for-3 with 4 RBI and a run scored.
Cardinals Play of the Game: Berkman's three-run homer
Lowlight: Albert Pujols was 0-for-2 to fall to .241 on the season.