Marlins 6, Cardinals 5

A grand slam put the brakes on Kyle Lohse’s streak of 22

consecutive scoreless innings. A derogatory comment from the

Florida Marlins’ dugout after the next at-bat drove the St. Louis

Cardinals’ pitcher to keep grinding.

Lohse was hurt by the long ball in a 6-5 loss Monday night,

giving up a pair of home runs while squandering a pair of leads.

Manager Tony La Russa gave the pitcher points for guts after Lohse

absorbed Mike Stanton’s liner near his right shin and elected to

stay in the game.

”Guys lose their minds sometimes and think it’s funny when

someone gets drilled,” Lohse said. ”It’s not their team, it’s

probably just one individual and I don’t know who it was or why he

needed to say something.

”It was kind of quiet so you could hear it.”

La Russa said Lohse ”got blasted pretty well,” but both the

manager and Lohse believe it will not affect the pitcher’s next

start.

”He could have limped off the field when he got blasted and he

stayed in there,” La Russa said. ”He got smoked pretty

well.”

Stanton hit a tying homer in the fifth and tripled and scored

the go-ahead run in the eighth. Gaby Sanchez ended Lohse’s streak

with his first career grand slam, also Florida’s major

league-leading third of the year.

Edward Mujica (3-1) allowed a walk in two scoreless innings and

Leo Nunez finished for his 10th save in 10 tries after the

Cardinals put two men on in the ninth. The Marlins improved to 18-9

– the franchise’s best start – and are tied with the Phillies for

the NL East lead.

Lance Berkman homered and had four RBIs for the Cardinals, who

were limited to one hit and four walks the last five innings

against the Florida bullpen. Berkman was named NL player of the

week for the second time this season earlier Monday, both off big

showings on the road, and is batting .406 with nine homers and 27

RBIs.

Only twice has Berkman gotten to nine homers faster, also his

two biggest years from that standpoint. In 2002, it took him 16

games en route to 42 homers; in 2006, he needed 22 games while

finishing with 45 homers.

Stanton hit his second career triple on a hooking liner that

glanced off center fielder Colby Rasmus’ glove leading off the

eighth against Mitchell Boggs (0-2) and scored easily on Gregg

Dobbs’ sacrifice fly. Lacking a double for the cycle, Stanton

struck out against Miguel Batista with two men on to end the

ninth.

The Marlins’ previous 14 runs the last two games were all scored

off homers.

Lohse allowed three earned runs in 31 1-3 innings in winning his

previous four starts, and the streak was the majors’ longest this

season. He needed only 17 pitches to sail through two innings and

led 2-0 off RBI singles from Berkman and Yadier Molina in the first

before running into trouble on a rally begun on pitcher Chris

Volstad’s one-out single.

Hanley Ramirez walked with two outs to load the bases for

Sanchez, who belted a 2-2 delivery an estimated 422 feet off the

back of the wall in the visitor’s bullpen in left for his fourth

homer.

The Cardinals regained the lead on Berkman’s three-run homer in

the bottom of the third, his ninth overall and first at home.

Berkman is batting .450 at home with two homers and seven RBIs, and

.375 with eight homers and 20 RBIs on the road.

Stanton homered for the second straight game, re-tying it in the

fifth with a liner just inside the left-field foul pole on an 0-2

pitch.

Volstad struck out none for the first time since Aug. 28, 2009,

a span of 37 starts. He totaled 14 strikeouts his first four

outings this year.

Ryan Theriot’s infield hit, aided by Ramirez’ double-pump from

short, put runners at the corners with two outs before Rasmus

grounded out. Theriot had his fifth three-hit day.

Notes: Lohse allowed only one homer his first five starts. …

3B Daniel Descalso and Pujols each made a nice play on Ramirez’

chopper leading off the fifth, Descalso charging to glove it and

then Pujols scooping it up on one bounce. … Matt Holliday

grounded into the Cardinals’ 39th double play, by far the most in

the majors, in the fifth. … Volstad had two starts without a

strikeout in 2009, one against St. Louis. … The Marlins are 14-4

in Volstad’s last 18 starts. … Cardinals SS Theriot committed his

eighth error, botching a grounder in the first. He entered the game

tied for the most in the majors.