(The Chirp) -- Catcher Yadier Molina was confident after the game that his left hand, hurt when he was hit by a pitch on a cross-up from RHP Mitchell Boggs in the ninth inning, was not broken. However, it still was in the area in which he suffered a broken bone several years ago. Molina said he was concerned at first but the pain had subsided when he got iced afterward. "Anytime that happens to a catcher, it's scary," he said. "It's not fun."
Jake Westbrook fanned an uncommonly high eight batters, running his pitch count to 115 by the end of the seventh inning. He was lifted, having given up just four hits and no runs. "When you see his sinker move that much," manager Mike Matheny said, "you know they're going to have a hard time getting good wood on it."
SS Rafael Furcal got a rare day off, and Daniel Descalso made his first start of the season at the position. Descalso played well, especially charging in to make plays on a couple of slow-hit balls. Furcal was rested while riding an eight-game hitting streak at 14-for-33 (.424).
1B Allen Craig showed no ill effects from tweaking his surgically repaired knee Monday night, and he started his third straight game at first base Tuesday.
1B Lance Berkman (strained left calf) likely will return Friday from the disabled list, which he has been on for more than three weeks. Manager Mike Matheny said that RF Carlos Beltran would see some time in center field so as to accommodate getting Berkman, Craig, Beltran and CF Jon Jay all significant playing time.
RHP Kyle Lohse will try to pitch St. Louis to its first series sweep of the season Wednesday night. The Cardinals have won the first two games of a three-game series on four other occasions but have lost the finale each time. Lohse has dropped two straight starts.
BY THE NUMBERS: 2 -- Stolen bases RF Carlos Beltran needs to join the 300 club for homers and stolen bases. "We have a lineup where anyone in the lineup can hurt the other team." -- RF Carlos Beltran.