Carlos Beltran would prefer to hit in one spot every day. No matter where he lands on the lineup card, there's no arguing the results.
Primarily the St. Louis Cardinals' cleanup man, Beltran provided some pop batting second in a 2-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Saturday night. Beltran hit his National League-leading 17th home run in support of Kyle Lohse, who allowed three hits in 7 2-3 innings to outduel Justin Masterson.
''I felt in control, I felt like I was getting pretty quick outs,'' Lohse said. ''If I'm doing those things, keeping the ball on the ground, that's my plan.''
Beltran has batted cleanup 31 times, third three times and second 18 times. Manager Mike Matheny resisted the temptation to shift Beltran back to cleanup after Matt Holliday was scratched just before the first pitch with mid-back spasms.
Beltran, who has homered nine times batting second, also leads the Cardinals with 45 RBIs.
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