--RHP Kyle Lohse, who won a total of only 10 games in the past two seasons as he battled forearm problems that required surgery last year, posted his seventh victory in nine decisions Sunday. He recorded his ninth quality start. Until the seventh, Lohse kept the Rockies off balance, mixing his fastball with several off-speed pitches. "He's got the weapons," manager Tony La Russa said of Lohse's arsenal, "and the catcher back there (Yadier Molina) knows how to change."
--RHP Fernando Salas recorded his ninth save in nine tries. "He's got a good coolness to him," manager Tony La Russa said. "I know he's excited, but he doesn't get rattled. He's got really good composure."
--1B Albert Pujols isn't out of the woods yet. After ending a 105 at-bat homer drought May 23 in San Diego, he went three for his next 21. All three hits were singles.
--LF Matt Holliday, who has missed the last six starts because of a recurrence of a left quadriceps strain, is likely to return during the four-game home series against San Francisco, possibly as early as Monday afternoon. Holliday, who pinch-hit in the first two games of the Colorado series, did not appear Sunday, but he has been running more freely in pregame drills.
--OF/1B Allen Craig made his third start in the last four games at second base. As has been manager Tony La Russa's custom, Craig, who went 1-for-3 and played flawlessly in the field, came out for Tyler Greene in the sixth inning.
BY THE NUMBERS
1 -- Home runs hit in May by CF Colby Rasmus, who connected Sunday for his first homer since April 20, a span of 116 at-bats.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"The most impressive thing is ... that it hasn't affected his hitting. This gives him the opportunity. He's made it work." -- Manager Tony La Russa on employing hot-hitting OF/1B Allen Craig at second base.
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