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ST. LOUIS Some might not remember that Kyle Lohse led the Cardinals starting rotation in both wins and ERA last year. The way he's pitching in 2012, a lot more folks might soon start catching on.
Lohse turned in another outstanding start Tuesday, tossing seven shutout innings on just four hits in the Cardinals' 2-1 win in 10 innings over the Cincinnati Reds.
The right-hander pitched well enough for the win but was saddled with a no-decision after the Reds tied the game off reliever Mitchell Boggs in the eighth.
Lohse cruised most of the night, throwing first-pitch strikes to 20 of 25 batters. He allowed just five base runners and had six strikeouts, continuing an impressive start to the new campaign.
"He made tough pitches when he had to," said manager Mike Matheny. "An outstanding job. It's a shame we couldn't get him the 'W' out of that, but he was terrific. That was as good as you could have asked of anybody."
The right-hander has allowed just 10 hits, two earned runs and two walks in 20 13 innings, good for a microscopic 0.89 ERA. His record is 2-0, but it could have been 3-0 had the Cardinals not blown the lead for him after he departed.
Lohse was at just 90 pitches and had retired 12 of the last 13 hitters when he was pulled, giving critics their first chance to second-guess the first-year manager.
"Especially after the fact, a lot of consideration for leaving him in there," Matheny said. "But that fourth time going through the order can be a tough thing to go through. I have a tremendous amount of confidence in our bullpen right now, just like I will tomorrow and at that point, I felt like we were in really good hands.
"In hindsight, absolutely, I'd like to put him back out there, but he did everything he could to throw a great seven innings for us and that's all we could ask."
Boggs allowed an unearned run after an error on second baseman Daniel Descalso to start the inning. Boggs followed by misplaying a bunt to put runners on first and second with no outs.
It looked like they might escape trouble when Brandon Phillips lined into a double play, but rookie Zack Cozart lined a single to right to score the runner from second and even the score at one.
Asked about wanting to go back out for the eighth, Lohse said, "I could have, but we have guys that can get the job done. It's early. I think it could have went either way and I'm not going to sit there and second guess anything that Mike is going to do.
"Nine times out of 10, I think we get out of there with a scoreless inning and stuff, but I felt good. That's just the way it went."
The Cardinals went on to win the game in the bottom of the tenth inning on a bases-loaded, one-out sacrifice fly from rookie Matt Carpenter.
Lohse allowed one run on just two hits in 7 13 innings in the Cardinals' season opener in Miami. He then allowed just one run on four hits in six innings in Cincinnati on April 10.
The two runs allowed in his first 20 13 innings rank second in his career only to his start in 2008, when he allowed two runs in his first 23 13 innings.
He had just one three-ball count Tuesday night, providing the Cardinals with another solid outing.
"Location," Lohse said. "It was a good night again where I was locating my stuff. I had a good slider working and I just kind of mixed everything else in after that. It felt good."
The Cardinals improved to 8-3 on the season with the win. Lefty Jaime Garcia will start Wednesday night at Busch in the second of the three-game set.
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