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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 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."
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.
|Players of the Game|
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|Nyjer Morgan, LF||4||2||1||0||0||0||0||.444|
|Freddy Sanchez, 2B||4||1||2||2||0||1||0||.444|
|Nate McLouth, CF||3||0||0||0||1||0||0||.000|
|Ryan Doumit, C||3||0||0||1||0||0||1||.000|
|Adam LaRoche, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.222|
|Eric Hinske, RF||4||0||1||0||0||2||0||.400|
|Andy LaRoche, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|Jack Wilson, SS||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||.250|
|Ian Snell, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.000|
|a- Brandon Moss, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|Donnie Veal, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Sean Burnett, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Craig Monroe, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|Craig Hansen, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Snell in the 5th|
|b-lined out for Burnett in the 7th|
|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|
|Outfield Assists - Nate McLouth 1|
|E - Andy LaRoche (3, Dropped fly)|
|Ian Snell (L,0-1)||4||9||8||6||3||2||2||13.50|
|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, 2B||4||0||0||0||1||1||2||.200|
|Colby Rasmus, RF||4||2||2||0||1||0||1||.500|
|Albert Pujols, 1B||3||3||2||2||2||0||0||.714|
|Chris Duncan, LF||3||1||1||2||2||1||3||.333|
|Khalil Greene, SS||5||0||2||2||0||1||0||.300|
|Rick Ankiel, CF||5||1||1||0||0||2||5||.111|
|Yadier Molina, C||4||2||2||1||1||0||3||.250|
|Joe Thurston, 3B||5||0||2||2||0||2||3||.400|
|Kyle Lohse, P||3||0||0||0||0||2||1||.000|
|a- David Freese, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.000|
|Dennys Reyes, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Brad Thompson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-walked for Lohse in the 7th|
|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|
|DP - Schumaker-Greene-Pujols|
|E - Skip Schumaker (1, Throwing)|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Kyle Lohse (W,1-0)||7||5||3||2||1||4||1||2.57|
|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|
|Attendance - 35206|
|Game Time - 2:42|
|Temperature - 49|
|Umpires - Home - Ed Rapuano, First Base - Paul Schrieber, Second Base - Marvin Hudson, Third Base - Joe West|