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Cardinals Take Game One, Defeat Rockies 11-6

The St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night with a 11-6 victory, their 55th win of the season. Kyle Lohse (11-2) allowed five earned runs and nine hits over six innings while striking out five. The Cincinnati Reds won tonight as well by a score of 7-6, so the Cardinals do not pick up ground and remain 7.5 games back of the division lead.

The Cards got off to a quick start thanks to Matt Holliday‘s two-run RBI double in the first inning which was followed by a two run home run from Carlos Beltran, his 24th of the season. The Cards extended their lead in the sixth inning due to an RBI single by Jon Jay, who quietly continues to have a very productive season for the Redbirds. In the seventh, Holliday and David Freese both hit home runs, extending the Cardinals’ lead by three runs. Allen Craig also went 3-for-3 with two walks.

Kyle Lohse overall was good enough. He kept them in the game and he didn’t let things get out of control. In the sixth, he let up a three-run home run to Josh Rutledge, cutting the Cards lead to just one run, but the bullpen did its job, as recent acquisition Brian Fuentes in addition to Fernando Salas each had scoreless outings. In the ninth, Jason Motte came into the game, despite the fact that it was not a save situation, and let up one harmless earned run while simultaneously striking out the side to help seal the victory

Don’t get me wrong, I’m always very happy about a Cardinals victory, but something that concerned me tonight was the defense. Between Skip Schumaker‘s throwing error in the second inning and Daniel Descalso‘s error in the eighth, this team has continued to prove that one of their weaker points is their defense. In Descalso’s case, I understand that Descalso was taking Rafael Furcal’s spot in the lineup and is not their everyday shortstop, but partiucarly because we don’t know exactly how serious Furcal’s injury is, it scares me that I don’t have confidence in whoever seems to be playing shortstop on a nightly basis. Other than that, it was a great game for the Cards, except for the part where Cincinnati won AGAIN. Ugh.

What’s Next: The Cardinals try to win the series on Wednesday night in Denver as Jake Westbrook (9-8) will take on Drew Pomerantz (1-6) and the Rockies. Game time begins at 7:40CST and can be seen on Fox Sports Midwest.

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