Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/3/12

St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Kyle Lohse is among a half-dozen or so deserving pitchers who won't be in the All-Star Game. He never has been on an All-Star team, and he might never be on one.

However, he is 8-2 with a 2.80 ERA after beating the Colorado Rockies 9-3 on Monday. Lohse, working at least seven innings for a fifth straight game, gave up two runs in 7 1/3 innings.

"He easily could be sitting on 10 wins -- or more," manager Mike Matheny said. "He's been overlooked. He was overlooked all winter, all spring. Everybody talked about our club, but not a lot of people talked about Kyle Lohse."

Lohse, who was not always in Tony La Russa's favor, said he didn't expect to be selected to the All-Star team by his former manager.

Nor, he insisted, did he mind being overlooked.

"I don't strike a lot of guys out," said Lohse. "I don't throw 94, 95 (mph) like I used to. I just go out there and pitch. I'm kind of used to it.

"This is my 12th year, and I could care less what people think about me, besides my teammates and my manager."

Right fielder Carlos Beltran kept his streak alive, driving in a run (he had two RBI) for the ninth successive game. Beltran has a league-leading 63 RBI for the season.

But the real RBI story is that of first baseman Allen Craig. He hit two homers to dead center field, giving him 13 homers on the season. More significant, he has 42 RBI in 40 games.

"More RBI than games played," said an admiring Lohse. "That's kind of a joke. It's unbelievable."

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