Lohse Pitches 2-Hitter, Cardinals Blank Nationals

5 years 7 months 2 weeks ago April 21, 2011 Apr 21, 2011 Thursday, April 21 2011 Thursday, April 21, 2011 2:24:00 PM CDT in Baseball
Source: The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Kyle Lohse threw a career-best two-hitter and Matt Holliday kept his average near .500 with a two-run homer and single as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Washington Nationals 5-0 on Thursday.

Albert Pujols added a two-run homer off Collin Balester in a three-run eighth for the Cardinals. St. Louis took two of three from the Nationals and has won eight of 11 overall.

The Nationals are 4-14 at 6-year-old Busch Stadium. The combined Expos/Nationals franchise has won only two of 16 series in St. Louis dating to 1997.

Lohse (3-1) struck out six and walked two in his eighth career complete game and sixth shutout, both accomplished last on April 12, 2009, with a three-hitter against Houston.

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