The Cardinals' offense stays alive for a second game in a row, and they win their third in a row after dominating Pittsburgh 10-2. The Cardinals are entering "do or die" mode, as September nears, and they are 1.5 games behind Cincinnati. The Cards are coming off a victorious series vs. the Giants, and are looking to win this series against the Pirates.
The highlight of the game was, of course, Albert Pujols' 3-run HR (33rd of season, 399th of career) off of Sean Gallagher in the 1st inning. Yadier Molina had a couple of RBI's off of a ground-rule double in the 5th inning. Matt Holliday, Brendan Ryan (coming off the bench), Jon Jay (base hit in the 9th), and Brian Anderson (base hit, 9th inning) all had RBI's as well.
Lohse has a decent game, considering he is still getting settled after coming back from injury. He pitched 5.1 innings, and gave up 6 hits and 2 earned runs. He gave up a HR to 1B Garrett Jones; but he also had 4 SO and got the win.