St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Kyle Lohse warms up between innings during a spring training baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Jupiter, Fla., Sunday, March 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) By Patrick Semansky
ST. LOUIS (BaseballStL) -- Kyle Lohse will make his team-leading fourteenth start of the year on Friday when the Cardinals and Royals start a three-game series at Busch Stadium.
In his last start, the 33-year-old right-hander was victorious after pitching 7.2 scoreless innings while allowing just three hits in a 2-0 win against the Cleveland Indians on June 9. It was his first win in his previous five starts (all no-decisions).
It will be Lohse's first start against the Royals since May 23, 2009 when he hurled eight scoreless innings of four-hit ball in a 5-0 victory. He has thrown five innings or more in 17 of his 19 career starts against Kansas City.
Lohse has posted a 6-1 record with a 2.90 ERA this season.
The Royals will start Vin Mazzaro, who is 2-1 over four appearances (three starts) with a 3.60 ERA. The righty was beat by the Pittsburgh Pirates in his last outing on June 9. He allowed three earned runs to score on three hits and four walks over three innings in the loss.
Mazzaro, 25, is 0-6 with a 4.86 ERA in nine starts against the National League. He has a 5.73 ERA and no decisions over eleven innings pitched against the Cardinals.