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May 20, 2013

Cardinals beat Lohse again

ST. LOUIS — Kyle Lohse was the St. Louis Cardinals’ ace last season. Maybe they know too much about him.

David Freese had an RBI in a four-run fourth inning to go with big plays at third base, and the Cardinals beat their former teammate for the third straight time with a 4-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.

“Baseball is a stupid game,” said Lohse, who was 16-3 for the Cardinals last season. “Baseball is weird, man. You make some good pitches and they get some good hits.”

Of course, they have a pretty good idea what’s coming from Lohse, who was with St. Louis from 2008-12.

“Yeah, well, he was with the Cardinals, if you remember,” said Pete Kozma, who contributed an RBI squeeze bunt to the rally. “We kind of know what he has, kind of know his tendencies a little bit, what his ball does.”

John Gast (2-0) won his second straight start in place of the injured Jake Westbrook and fellow rookie Seth Maness escaped a bases-loaded, none-out jam in the seventh to help the Cardinals win for the 14th time in 17 games. They took two of three from Milwaukee and lead the season series 8-2.

They’re down two starting pitchers, with Jaime Garcia also on the 15-day disabled list with a left shoulder strain, but haven’t let it slow them down.

“We’ve got to pick it up but with the talent we have, it doesn’t demand much,” Freese said. “The guys we have in Double-A and Triple-A, they’re waiting and they’re hungry and they’re expected to do well.”

Edward Mujica earned his 13th save in 13 chances after a third rookie, Trevor Rosenthal, gave up a hit in the eighth.

Lohse (1-5) left in free agency when the Cardinals opted to go with younger players such as Shelby Miller and save salary. He gave up four runs in six innings, and is 0-4 overall in his last five starts.

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