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    KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - Kyle Lohse was almost too efficient for his own good Friday.

    The St. Louis starter had to take the mound for a third inning just to get in 41 pitches during the Cardinals' 10-2 win over the Houston Astros.

    "My limit was 50, so I didn't even get there," said Lohse, who gave up one run and three hits. "I've had three batting practices where I've thrown 40 pitches each time, so to go out there and do three wasn't that big of a stretch."

    Lohse gave up a wind-aided home run to Matt Downs, but got four groundball outs and two strikeouts, all very fast.

    "It's the thing you try to do during the season and it's good to do - go out there and get quick outs," he said. "That comes with throwing strikes early in the count and getting ahead of hitters. Those are the main focal points right now."

    Colby Rasmus went 3 for 3, scored twice and stole a base for St. Louis. He improved to 7 for 13 this spring.

    Matt Cooper drove in two of the three runs off Houston starter Ryan Rowland-Smith in the second inning. Rasmus led off a two-run third with a double against Brandon Lyon.

    Rowland-Smith, a candidate for Houston's No. 5 pitching spot, was one out away from two scoreless innings when he walked Skip Schumaker. Three straight hits followed, producing three runs.

    "The results weren't there," Rowland-Smith said, "but outings like that, when you've got to work with runners on base and behind in the count, that's what makes it better at this point of the year. I'll take that."

     
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    St. Louis Cardinals
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Jon Jay, LF3011000 .500
       a- Tyler Greene, PH-SS3220001 .385
    Ryan Theriot, SS3000002 .200
       b- Adron Chambers, PH-LF2000001 .273
    Colby Rasmus, CF3231000 .538
       c- Shane Robinson, PH-CF2100001 .222
    Allen Craig, RF4122001 .375
        Amaury Cazana, RF0000100 .000
    Mark Hamilton, 1B4021011 .375
       d- Pete Kozma, PH-2B1011000 .500
    Nick Stavinoha, DH3000000 .222
       e- Zack Cox, PH-DH2000014 .286
    Skip Schumaker, 2B2111100 .375
        Donovan Solano, 2B-3B2000000 .000
    Gerald Laird, C3110011 .286
        Tony Cruz, C2000000 .000
    Matt Carpenter, 3B2212000 .250
       f- Daniel Descalso, PH-3B^1B3020010 .273
    Totals441016924  
    a-singled for Jay in the 6th
    b-grounded out for Theriot in the 6th
    c-hit into fielder's choice for Rasmus in the 6th
    d-singled for Hamilton in the 8th
    e-struck out for Stavinoha in the 6th
    f-singled for M. Carpenter in the 6th
    Batting
    2B - Colby Rasmus (2, Lyon), Daniel Descalso (1, Fien)
    3B - Matt Carpenter (1, Rowland-Smith)
    RBI - Jon Jay (4), Colby Rasmus (1), Allen Craig 2 (4), Mark Hamilton (4), Pete Kozma (1), Skip Schumaker (1), Matt Carpenter 2 (3)
    2-OUT RBI - Jon Jay (4), Colby Rasmus (1), Allen Craig (1), Mark Hamilton (3), Pete Kozma (1), Skip Schumaker (1), Matt Carpenter 2 (2)
    SB - Colby Rasmus (1, 2nd base off Fulchino/Towles)
    Team LOB - 9
    Fielding
    DP - Schumaker-Theriot-Hamilton, T. Greene-Solano-Hamilton
    St. Louis Cardinals
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Kyle Lohse (W,1-0) 3311021 3.00
    Miguel Batista (H,1) 1311200 9.00
    Francisco Samuel (H,1) 1100010 0.00
    Shelby Miller (H,1) 2100010 0.00
    Blake King (H,1) 1000010 3.00
    Adam Reifer 1000000 0.00
    Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Lohse 18-16, Miguel Batista 13-5, Francisco Samuel 6-6, Shelby Miller 8-8, Blake King 5-5, Adam Reifer 3-3
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Lohse 3-4, Miguel Batista 2-0, Francisco Samuel 1-1, Shelby Miller 2-2, Blake King 1-1, Adam Reifer 3-0
    Batters Faced - Kyle Lohse 12, Miguel Batista 7, Francisco Samuel 4, Shelby Miller 6, Blake King 3, Adam Reifer 3
    Houston Astros
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Michael Bourn, CF3000003 .250
        T.J. Steele, CF1000001 .500
    Jason Bourgeois, LF3000000 .000
        J.B. Shuck, LF1000000 .429
    Hunter Pence, RF3010020 .455
        Brian Dopirak, 1B1000010 .125
    Jason Michaels, DH2020100 .500
       a- Brian Bogusevic, PH-DH1000000 .154
    Brett Wallace, 1B3000014 .333
        Jon Gaston, RF1000000 .400
    Chris Johnson, 3B3110010 .200
        Tommy Manzella, 2B1000000 .444
    Angel Sanchez, SS3010000 .250
        Oswaldo Navarro, 3B1000000 .333
    Matt Downs, 2B2111100 .250
        Jiovanni Mier, SS1000000 .000
    J.R. Towles, C2011000 .333
        Carlos Corporan, C1010000 .500
    Totals3328225  
    a-flied out for Michaels in the 8th
    Batting
    HR - Matt Downs (1, Lohse)
    RBI - Matt Downs (3), J.R. Towles (1)
    2-OUT RBI - Matt Downs (1), J.R. Towles (1)
    SB - Jason Michaels (1, 2nd base off Lohse/Laird)
    Team LOB - 6
    Fielding
    Outfield Assists - Hunter Pence 1
    DP - Pence-Wallace-Sanchez
    E - Jason Bourgeois (1, Dropped line drive), Carlos Corporan (1, Throwing), Angel Sanchez (1, Misplayed grounder)
    Houston Astros
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Ryan Rowland-Smith (L,0-1) 2433110 9.00
    Brandon Lyon 1422000 13.50
    Jeff Fulchino 1220000 0.00
    Fernando Abad 1000010 0.00
    Mark Melancon 1320010 0.00
    Patrick Urckfitz 1000010 9.00
    Lance Pendleton 1211100 4.50
    Casey Fien 1100000 0.00
    WP - Brandon Lyon (1)
    Pitches-Strikes - Ryan Rowland-Smith 16-12, Brandon Lyon 7-6, Jeff Fulchino 7-6, Fernando Abad 5-5, Mark Melancon 9-9, Patrick Urckfitz 5-5, Lance Pendleton 9-5, Casey Fien 4-4
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ryan Rowland-Smith 3-2, Brandon Lyon 1-1, Jeff Fulchino 2-2, Fernando Abad 2-0, Mark Melancon 3-0, Patrick Urckfitz 1-1, Lance Pendleton 1-2, Casey Fien 1-2
    Batters Faced - Ryan Rowland-Smith 11, Brandon Lyon 6, Jeff Fulchino 6, Fernando Abad 3, Mark Melancon 7, Patrick Urckfitz 3, Lance Pendleton 6, Casey Fien 4
    Game Information
    Attendance - 3339
    Game Time - 2:40
    Temperature - 72
    Umpires - Home - Greg Gibson, First Base - Larry Vanover, Second Base - Lance Barksdale, Third Base - David Rackley