Albert Pujols hit his 20 th homer of the year, but Kyle Lohse took his first loss since May 8 th , a stretch of 14 starts as the Mets take two out of three from the Cardinals with a 9-1 win. 

It was just one of those games where nothing went right for the Cardinals.  Lohse worked out of a couple of early jams, but the Mets go to Lohse for two in the third and then a solo home run by David Wright in the fifth made it a 3-0 game. 

After that, Lohse couldn’t keep down the Mets as they exploded for a five run inning chasing Lohse after he gave up home runs to Fernando Tatis and Ramon Castro.

Johan Santana was brillant in picking up his ninth win of the year throwing a complete game six hitter allowing just the solo home run by Albert Pujols, although he got great defensive help as well when Carlos Beltran robbed Ryan Ludwick of a homer with a catch over the wall.