Kyle Lohse, in his first appearance since he took a line drive off his shin against the Marlins, showed no signs of ill effect.
He eight excellent innings in which he allowed one run on six hits -- easily good enough to earn a win against Yovani Gallardo and the 6.10 ERA he brought into the Saturday tilt at Busch Stadium.
Unfortunately, Gallardo got caught up in the weekend no-hitter hype. He held the Cardinals without a base hit through seven innings, making a third inning run stand up until Milwaukee's bats broke through for three insurance runs in the top of the ninth inning and put the game away.
The win was the first for the Brewers in eight tries. But it was somewhat softened by the Cubs win against the Reds with two outs in the bottom of the ninth at Wrigley Field.
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Cardinals Star of the Game: Lohse lowered his ERA to 2.24 on the season and his walks and hits per inning average to .86 in a losing cause.
Cardinals Play of the Game: Daniel Descalso's eighth inning hit, the only safety of the game for the Redbirds.
Lowlight: The Cardinals were impatient at the plate and it cost them. During their few opportunities to start a rally, the Birds shot themselves in the foot by squandering walks with failures to bunt and double play balls.