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Cards Win 3-0, Sweep Brewers

The Bottom Line:

— The Cardinals won by a score of 3-0 and moved to 10 games over .500 (59-49) in addition to completing their fourth sweep of the season.

— The Cards picked up a game on the Cincinnati Reds (7 GB) but remained 2.5 games back of the Pittsburgh Pirates for the second wild card.

Kyle Lohse, who earned the victory to improve to 12-2, gave up no earned runs and four hits over six innings pitched, including four walks and six strikeouts.

Daniel Descalso went 3-for-3 with an RBI triple in the second inning and scored a run in the seventh inning off of Allen Craig‘s double.

David Freese (2-4) had an RBI single in the eighth, making the score 3-0.

Edward Mujica and Mitchell Boggs both had scoreless appearances, making it twenty three straight appearances in which Boggs has not allowed a run

Jason Motte pitched a scoreless ninth innings, earning his 24th save of the season and helping the Cards launch to their 59th win.

Kyle Lohse continued to show us on Sunday night what he has shown all year long: consistency. At 12 wins now, Lohse has shown at least as much durability of any pitcher on this staff, and he clearly pitches with a plan. He aims for a spot, and he hits it. They talked about during the broadcast the reality that it is entirely possible the Cards won’t resign him when he becomes a free agent because he could be too expensive. He might require some years and upwards of $50 million, but he is entirely worth it (of course, it’s easy to say that when it’s not your money).

What’s Next: The Cardinals start a four game series with the San Francisco Giants on Monday night at Busch Stadium. Game time is 7:15 CST and can be seen on Fox Sports Midwest. Jake Westbrook opposes Matt Cain.