After a pathetic sweep at the hands of the Kansas City Royals, the St. Louis Cardinals were looking to bounce back when they headed to the tough confines of Fenway Park to face the Boston Red Sox.
Starting pitcher Kyle Lohse put together another solid performance to collect his sixth straight victory. Lohse went six strong, giving up just one run. He has been the best pitcher for the Cardinals over the past several weeks, and could certainly contend for June Pitcher of the Month.
Poor-hitting backup catcher Jason LaRue hit a solo shot in the fifth inning to tie the score up at one, and outfielder Skip Schumaker broke a 2-2 tie with a two-run seventh inning blast.
Although the Red Sox flirted with a comeback in the bottom of the ninth, they could only muster up one run, losing 5-4 when first baseman Kevin Youkilis flied out to right.
Back to Lohse for a moment, though. Although he wasn't the most efficient, throwing 109 pitches to compile 18 outs, he surrendered just one earned run to keep the Cardinals alive for their 43rd win of the year.
Lohse needs some serious All-Star consideration. Even though it may be hard with the likes of Edison Volquez, Tim Lincecum, and Brandon Webb leading the way, Lohse's 9-2 is nothing to scoff at. Sure, his ERA may be a tad high at 3.63, but hopefully Clint Hurdle will pick Lohse for his Midsummer Classic squad.
Lohse has been the rock in the NL wild-card leading Cardinals rotation all year, and especially with key injuries, has been giving the Redbirds chances to win every time out.
Hopefully the Cards can parlay this win with a couple more key victories on the road, after the huge debacle against the Royals.