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ST. LOUIS -- Kyle Lohse received a well-deserved, ice-water shower from his St. Louis teammates after picking up his 100th career win Sunday.
Lohse became the 36th active pitcher to reach the 100-win mark. He has 106 losses in his nine-year career.
"I've been around for a while and it's nice to get a nice round number like that," Lohse said. "To share it with my teammates is pretty cool."
Lohse also put the Cardinals ahead to stay, getting an infield single in the fourth and scoring on Allen Craig's sacrifice fly for a 5-4 lead.
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Pittsburgh has lost four of its last six. The Pirates fell a season-high 18 games behind NL Central-leading Milwaukee.
Lohse, the team leader in wins this season, gave up a run in the first inning and three more in the second, with an error by shortstop Ryan Theriot contributing to the problems. Lohse retired his last eight batters and left after throwing 99 pitches.
"I think it was one of the more impressive wins he's had all year," St. Louis manager Tony La Russa said. "He kept battling. He really kept his competitiveness together."
Lohse gave up four runs and five hits to the first nine batters he faced. He then made a complete about-face, surrendering just one hit and one walk the rest of the way.
"He made a couple of adjustments," St. Louis catcher Gerald Laird said. "He slowed down a little bit and really turned it around. The first two innings and then the last three, total opposites."
Jason Motte picked up his first save of the season with a perfect ninth.
The Cardinals completed a 3-4 homestand. They got 11 hits without three-time NL MVP Albert Pujols, who was given a rare day off.
Matt Holliday, Skip Schumaker and Theriot each had two hits. Lance Berkman drew three walks, two of them intentional, and scored three times.
Jeff Karstens (9-8) gave up five earned runs in 3 2/3 innings.
"I didn't make the pitches, that's what it comes down to," Karstens said. "Our offense gave me four runs. I should have made it work."
Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said Karstens never found his rhythm.
"For whatever reason, he wasn't as sharp as he's been," Hurdle said. "It just wasn't there for him today."
The Cardinals scored three runs in the first to take a 3-1 lead. Five of the first seven hitters reached base.
Pittsburgh answered with three runs in the second to go up 4-3. Ronny Cedeno had a run-scoring single, and Josh Harrison and Michael McKenry added doubles.
Theriot's RBI single tied it in the third, and Lohse scored in the fourth.
David Freese brought in Holliday with a run-scoring single in the seventh to push the lead to 6-4.
"This was one of our better wins," La Russa said. "A tough start, but we hung in there."
On July 26, the Cardinals were in first place by a half-game. They have gone 15-16 since. ... Harrison is 11 for 27 in his last eight games. ... St. Louis starters gave up at least three runs in one inning in all four games of the series. ... The Pirates are 31-34 on the road after a league-worst 17-64 last season. ... The Pirates open a three-game series at Houston on Monday. Ross Ohlendorf (0-1, 7.24) will face Houston lefty Wandy Rodriguez (9-9, 3.41). ... The Cardinals travel to Milwaukee to start a three-game set Tuesday.
|Players of the Game|
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|Jose Tabata, RF||4||1||1||1||0||1||1||.277|
|Alex Presley, LF||3||0||1||0||1||0||1||.303|
|Andrew McCutchen, CF||4||0||1||1||0||0||1||.274|
|Neil Walker, 2B||3||0||1||0||1||2||2||.277|
|Garrett Jones, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||2||3||.249|
|Josh Harrison, 3B||4||1||2||0||0||0||1||.287|
|Ronny Cedeno, SS||4||1||1||1||0||2||1||.256|
|Michael McKenry, C||3||1||1||0||0||0||0||.244|
|Chase D'Arnaud, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.213|
|Ryan Doumit, C||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.268|
|Jeff Karstens, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.091|
|Chris Leroux, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Xavier Paul, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.262|
|Chris Resop, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Daniel McCutchen, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Joel Hanrahan, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-flied out for Leroux in the 7th|
|2B - Josh Harrison (8, Lohse), Michael McKenry (11, Lohse)|
|RBI - Jose Tabata (20), Andrew McCutchen (78), Ronny Cedeno (30)|
|SB - Chase D'Arnaud (9, 2nd base off McClellan/Laird)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|Outfield Assists - Alex Presley 1|
|DP - Walker-Cedeno-G. Jones|
|Jeff Karstens (L,9-8)||3.2||9||5||5||2||1||0||3.32|
|IBB - Berkman by Jeff Karstens, Berkman by Chris Resop|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Karstens 65-42, Chris Leroux 26-15, Chris Resop 23-11, Daniel McCutchen 12-5, Joel Hanrahan 8-5|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Karstens 4-4, Chris Leroux 3-2, Daniel McCutchen 1-1, Joel Hanrahan 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Jeff Karstens 20, Chris Leroux 8, Chris Resop 4, Daniel McCutchen 3, Joel Hanrahan 3|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Jon Jay, CF||5||0||2||0||0||1||0||.298|
|Allen Craig, RF||2||1||1||1||0||0||1||.317|
|Rafael Furcal, SS||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||.210|
|Matt Holliday, LF||4||2||2||0||0||0||1||.307|
|Lance Berkman, 1B||1||3||0||0||3||0||0||.289|
|David Freese, 3B||3||0||1||2||1||1||1||.305|
|Arthur Rhodes, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jason Motte, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Skip Schumaker, 2B-RF||4||0||2||2||0||1||1||.300|
|Ryan Theriot, SS-2B||3||0||2||2||1||0||1||.275|
|Gerald Laird, C||4||0||0||0||0||0||4||.232|
|Kyle Lohse, P||2||1||1||0||0||0||0||.145|
|Marc Rzepczynski, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Corey Patterson, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.244|
|Kyle McClellan, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.143|
|Daniel Descalso, 3B||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.257|
|a-flied out for Rzepczynski in the 6th|
|2B - Jon Jay (19, Karstens), Matt Holliday 2 (33, Karstens, Resop)|
|SF - Allen Craig (2)|
|RBI - Allen Craig (28), David Freese 2 (44), Skip Schumaker 2 (33), Ryan Theriot 2 (42)|
|2-OUT RBI - Skip Schumaker (15), Ryan Theriot 2 (23)|
|CS - Rafael Furcal (4, 2nd base by Resop/Doumit)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Berkman-Theriot, Theriot-Schumaker-Berkman, Rhodes-Furcal-Berkman|
|E - David Freese (9, Throwing), Ryan Theriot (18, Throwing)|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Kyle Lohse (W,12-8)||5||6||4||2||2||4||0||3.72|
|Marc Rzepczynski (H,13)||1||1||0||0||0||3||0||2.50|
|Kyle McClellan (H,3)||1.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.94|
|Arthur Rhodes (H,9)||0.2||1||0||0||0||0||0||4.76|
|Jason Motte (S,1)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||1.70|
|Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Lohse 99-61, Marc Rzepczynski 17-13, Kyle McClellan 16-12, Arthur Rhodes 8-4, Jason Motte 10-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Lohse 7-2, Kyle McClellan 3-2, Arthur Rhodes 1-0, Jason Motte 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Kyle Lohse 21, Marc Rzepczynski 4, Kyle McClellan 5, Arthur Rhodes 2, Jason Motte 3|
|Attendance - 38429|
|Game Time - 2:58|
|Temperature - 81|
|Umpires - Home - Andy Fletcher, First Base - Jim Reynolds, Second Base - Mike DiMuro, Third Base - Tim Welke|