ST. LOUIS — It was a pitcher’s duel in the show me state and it was the Cardinals who walked away with the 2-0 win.
Justin Masterson was masterful on Saturday night going 7 innings, giving up just one run and striking out six. His counterpart, Kyle Lohse allowed just three total hits, two by Indians outfielder Michael Brantley who extended his hitting streak to 17 games. It is the longest current hitting streak in the American League.
Carlos Beltran hit his National League-leading 17th home run which gave St. Louis a 1-0 lead in the 3rd inning. Beltran finished the game going 3-4.
The entire Indians line-up struggled against Lohse and the rest of the Cardinals pitchers. Brantley was able to go 2-4, but the only other Indian to get a base-hit was Asdrubal Cabrera who went 1-4. Reliever Jeremy Accardo came into the game in the 8th inning, but was unable to keep up Masterson’s momentum. In the one inning, Accardo gave up two hits and one earned run to Shane Robinson, off of a Rafael Furcal sacrifice fly to center field.
The Indians loss and the White Sox 10-1 win over the Houston Astros separates the two Central Division foes 1.5 games in the standings.The interleague series continues Sunday at 2:15 p.m. Ubaldo Jimenez will get the start for Cleveland and Joe Kelly will make his Major League debut starting for the Cardinals.
FOX 8 Sports Intern Gabe Kramer contributed to this report.