Kyle Lohse threw seven scoreless innings before the Astros cut into the Cardinals’ bullpen for five runs in the final two innings to fall just short in a 6-5 Cardinals win. Matt Holliday went 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs for St. Louis.
Lohse was coming off his best start of his career when he two hit the Nationals. Wednesday night’s start was impressive as well. Lohse allowed just four hits and a walk while striking out two. The bullpen made the game interesting.
Ryan Franklin, Trever Miller and Fernando Salas combined to give up three runs in the 8th inning. Franklin left after giving up two hits and Miller walked a batter before Salas was handed the ball ending the inning.
In the ninth, Eduardo Sanchez was given a shot to close and gave up a one out single to Joe Inglett who scored on Jason Bourgeois’ triple. Michael Bourn’s sac fly pulled the Astros to 6-5 and then Angel Sanchez doubled. The Cards pulled out the game when Hunter Pence struck out.