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Pittsburgh at St. Louis

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Pittsburgh (1-1)100002000351
St. Louis (1-1) «21321000x9121

Cardinals 9, Pirates 3

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ST. LOUIS -- Kyle Lohse is sure glad he doesn't have to face Albert Pujols and the rest of the St. Louis Cardinals' stacked lineup.

Pujols hit a two-run homer and reached base five times, Lohse pitched seven innings and the Cardinals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-3 on Tuesday night.

Pujols went 2-for-3 with two walks and also reached on an error after going 3-for-4 on Monday in a season-opening 6-4 loss against the Pirates.

Chris Duncan and Yadier Molina also had two-run home runs for St. Louis, which pounded out 12 hits against four Pittsburgh pitchers. Joe Thurston and Khalil Greene each had two RBI. Colby Rasmus went 2-for-4 and scored twice in his major league debut.

"I wouldn't want to pitch against us right now," Lohse said. "Hopefully, we can have more nights like tonight."

Lohse (1-0) allowed three runs, two earned, and five hits to move to 4-0 in six career starts against Pittsburgh.

"It went pretty good for the first one," he said. "I was a little too juiced early. But after that, I felt like I settled in. I didn't have my best stuff in the last couple of innings, but I made it work."

Freddy Sanchez hit a two-run homer and Ryan Doumit drove in the other Pittsburgh run with a first-inning sacrifice fly.

The Cardinals scored all their runs in the first five innings, bouncing back after a difficult loss Monday. With the Pirates down to their last strike, Jack Wilson hit a three-run double to cap a four-run ninth inning off rookie closer Jason Motte as Pittsburgh earned a dramatic victory on opening day.

Duncan started Ian Snell's woes when he hit a two-run homer off the foul pole in right with two out in the first. Thurston made it 3-1 an inning later with his first major league hit, an RBI double down the line in right that plated Molina.

After Rasmus singled to right to start the third, Pujols belted a drive over the Pirates' bullpen in left field.

"If you can figure out [how to stop him], you go tell the whole league," Pittsburgh manager John Russell said.

Snell (0-1) lasted only four innings, allowing eight runs, six earned, and nine hits.

"I didn't execute any of my pitches tonight and I paid the price," he said. "I just didn't have location; nothing was working for me."

Notes

The crowd of 35,206 was the smallest ever at the new Busch Stadium, which opened in 2006. ... Zach Duke, Pittsburgh's scheduled starter for Wednesday, is 0-4 in his past five starts against St. Louis and has not beaten the Cardinals since Aug. 11, 2006. ... Molina's second-inning triple into the right-field corner was the second triple of his career and first since 2005. ... Pirates 3B Andy LaRoche committed his third error in two games when he dropped Pujols' popup with two out in the third.

 
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Players of the Game
St. Louis

A. Pujols
AB 3
R 3
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Pittsburgh

F. Sanchez
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Pittsburgh Pirates
Nyjer Morgan, LF4210000 .444
Freddy Sanchez, 2B4122010 .444
Nate McLouth, CF3000100 .000
Ryan Doumit, C3001001 .000
Adam LaRoche, 1B4000001 .222
Eric Hinske, RF4010020 .400
Andy LaRoche, 3B3000001 .000
Jack Wilson, SS3010000 .250
Ian Snell, P1000011 .000
   a- Brandon Moss, PH1000010 .000
    Donnie Veal, P0000000 .000
    Sean Burnett, P0000000 .000
   b- Craig Monroe, PH1000001 .000
    Craig Hansen, P0000000 .000
Totals3135315  
a-struck out for Snell in the 5th
b-lined out for Burnett in the 7th
Batting
2B - Eric Hinske (2, Lohse)
HR - Freddy Sanchez (1, Lohse)
SF - Ryan Doumit (1)
RBI - Freddy Sanchez 2 (2), Ryan Doumit (1)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Nate McLouth 1
E - Andy LaRoche (3, Dropped fly)
Pittsburgh Pirates
Ian Snell (L,0-1) 4986322 13.50
Donnie Veal 1111331 9.00
Sean Burnett 1000010 0.00
Craig Hansen 2200230 0.00
IBB - Duncan by Ian Snell
WP - Ian Snell (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Ian Snell 79-44, Donnie Veal 28-11, Sean Burnett 13-7, Craig Hansen 37-21
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ian Snell 5-5, Sean Burnett 1-1, Craig Hansen 1-2
Batters Faced - Ian Snell 24, Donnie Veal 7, Sean Burnett 3, Craig Hansen 10
St. Louis Cardinals
Skip Schumaker, 2B4000112 .200
Colby Rasmus, RF4220101 .500
Albert Pujols, 1B3322200 .714
Chris Duncan, LF3112213 .333
Khalil Greene, SS5022010 .300
Rick Ankiel, CF5110025 .111
Yadier Molina, C4221103 .250
Joe Thurston, 3B5022023 .400
Kyle Lohse, P3000021 .000
   a- David Freese, PH0000100 .000
    Dennys Reyes, P0000000 .000
    Brad Thompson, P0000000 .000
Totals36912989  
a-walked for Lohse in the 7th
Batting
2B - Khalil Greene (1, Snell), Joe Thurston (1, Snell)
3B - Yadier Molina (1, Snell)
HR - Albert Pujols (1, Snell), Chris Duncan (1, Snell), Yadier Molina (1, Veal)
RBI - Albert Pujols 2 (2), Chris Duncan 2 (2), Khalil Greene 2 (3), Yadier Molina (1), Joe Thurston 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Duncan 2 (2), Khalil Greene 2 (2), Joe Thurston (1)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Schumaker-Greene-Pujols
E - Skip Schumaker (1, Throwing)
St. Louis Cardinals
Kyle Lohse (W,1-0) 7532141 2.57
Dennys Reyes 1000010 0.00
Brad Thompson 1000000 0.00
WP - Kyle Lohse 2 (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Lohse 108-70, Dennys Reyes 12-7, Brad Thompson 7-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Lohse 10-7, Dennys Reyes 2-0
Batters Faced - Kyle Lohse 27, Dennys Reyes 3, Brad Thompson 3
Game Information
Attendance - 35206
Game Time - 2:42
Temperature - 49
Umpires - Home - Ed Rapuano, First Base - Paul Schrieber, Second Base - Marvin Hudson, Third Base - Joe West