Kyle Lohse did all he could to make his return to St. Louis a success. Sharp, efficient and locked in, Lohse allowed just two runs in seven strong innings.
But Milwaukee's offense could manage just two hits, and the Brewers were shut down by Cardinals rookie right-hander Shelby Miller in a 2-0 loss at Busch Stadium, falling to 2-7 on the season.
Lohse - who got a standing ovation before his first at-bat - has allowed just three earned runs in 14 innings this season but has yet to get a win. The Brewers have scored just one run in his two starts, and they wasted a strong outing from a starting pitcher for the second straight game.
Wednesday night it was the bullpen blowing Wily Peralta's strong start; Friday the lack of offense burned Lohse.
"It's tough we're not scoring runs for him," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "Kyle threw the ball really well. That's a good offensive team. He spotted the ball really well. Changed speeds on his pitches. His curveball was really good.