Daniel Descalso's batting average isn't much over the .200 mark. But he sure gets the most out of the hits he gets.
The young utility infielder drove home Skip Schumaker with a ninth inning single off Padres closer Heath Bell to give St. Louis a 2-1 lead. Descalso took second on the throw to the plate and moved to third on a sacrifice fly to deep center. Ryan Theriot then collected a two-out single, to drive Descalso home to give St. Louis a 3-1 win.
Kyle Lohse pitched eight strong innings, allowing only one run on five hits to improve to 6-2 on the season. Three of those hits were lead-off doubles. But when he got into trouble he worked his way out of it to keep the Birds in the game until they could push a few runs across the plate.
Brian Tallet and Fernando Salas closed out the ninth. With two outs Jon Jay was unable to make a diving catch to end the game. Orlando Hudson cranked a ball to deep left field. But Lance Berkman was able to bring it down at the warning track to seal the win and push the Birds to 3 1/2 games ahead of the Reds who lost 10-3 against Philadelphia.
Albert Pujols hit his first home run in May -- ending a drought of 27 games -- to break a scoreless tie in the sixth inning.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Lohse
Cardinals Play of the Game: Colby Rasmus made the best catch of his career in the first inning when he went back to the centerfield wall and, at the top of his leap, robbed former teammate Ryan Ludwick of a homer.
Lowlight: Rasmus was 0-for-3 at the plate. After his five walk performance Sunday it almost looks like he is going up to the dish looking for a base on balls.