Kyle Lohse (26) throws during the second inning of game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-US PRESSWIRE
(The Cardinal Nation Show) -- Right-hander Kyle Lohse improved his record to 15-3, the highest winning percentage (.833) in the major leagues, by beating Houston 4-1 on Tuesday night. The victory nudged the Cardinals' wild card lead to 1 1/2 games over Los Angeles, which was rained out in Washington.
Relative to Cy Young Award consideration, a few pitchers have won more games than Lohse, but, besides his top winning percentage, he is tied for second in the league in ERA at 2.71.
"If we would have been able to hold some of the leads that he had, there's no question he'd be right at the top of that mix," said manager Mike Matheny. "But, still with a 15-3 record, he's got to be in there in the talk."
Catcher Yadier Molina said of Lohse's Cy Young chances, "Of course he needs to be considered."
Lohse said, "I know I'm up there in a lot of stats. I'm sure a lot of people look at strikeouts and I don't have that many (129). But I'm pretty consistent doing what I do."
And Matheny said, "He's thriving on being that guy for us who's really set the bar for the rest of the starters."
Lohse knocked in his third run of the season when he chopped a high bounder, good for a double, over the head of third baseman Matt Dominguez to help spark a two-run fifth inning. Lohse is 6-for-60 (.100) as a hitter.
The Cardinals scored their first run in the second when Daniel Descalso, just 8-for-77 with men in scoring position (.104), singled to right to score Molina.
Lohse gave the Cardinals' dugout and the Busch Stadium a crowd a fright in the sixth when he slipped and fell while delivering a pitch, but he remained in the game.
"That didn't look good at all," Matheny said. "He elbowed himself or kneed himself. It was just kind of awkward looking. But the first thing I was thinking it was something related to the hamstring or a knee."
Lohse said, "I was trying to throw a fastball inside and the next thing I know I'm on the ground. It started when (his foot) slid out from under me. I hit my knee. Then I hit my other knee. I hit my triceps on my right side. I was looking around to make sure nobody was laughing. They didn't laugh until they knew I was OK."