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Lohse hurls 7 1/3 innings of two-run ball

With a 7-2 record and a 2.82 ERA, Cardinals right-hander Kyle Lohse certainly had the credentials over the first half of the 2012 season to warrant an All-Star Game selection on Sunday, but the 33-year-old missed out on an invitation.

Lohse will get a chance to make the statement that he should've been put on the National League squad when he takes the mound Monday to open up a weekday set with the Rockies.

The righty is coming off a fabulous month of June in which he pitched at least seven innings in four of five starts and never allowed more than three earned runs. His ERA for the month was a flat 1.80.

In his latest start, Lohse picked up his seventh win of the season by tossing 7 1/3 innings, surrendering four hits and two runs to the Marlins.

In two starts at Marlins Park, the righty is 2-0 with a 1.84 ERA in 14 2/3 innings.

"It's one of those things," Lohse said. "It's only two starts, but you have certain parks where you feel comfortable in, and this happens to be one so far."

Opposing Lohse for the Rockies will be Josh Outman. Since joining the starting rotation in June, the 27-year-old has yet to find his stride. Over his last five outings, Outman has given up 24 runs in 20 innings.

In his last two starts, however, the Rockies have won slugfests. The club defeated the Rangers, 11-7, then took down the Nationals, 11-10, to let Outman off the hook in both appearances.

"I have to go right after that guy, that's been my issue all year," Outman said after the game. "Even games like this one and Texas, when I was in control early [but gave up five runs after leading 11-0], it's that big inning that I haven't had any luck being able to limit the damage at all."

Cardinals: Four players on the NL roster, so far
Carlos Beltran and Rafael Furcal were among the eight National League position players chosen through the fan vote to start the All-Star Game, while Yadier Molina and Lance Lynn will also take part in the festivities as reserves.

David Freese could join his teammates in Kansas City with the help of St. Louis fans. Freese is among five NL players who are competing for the final roster spot on the squad in the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote presented by Firestone. His competition includes the soon-to-retired Chipper Jones, up-and-coming hot shot Bryce Harper, as well as Michael Bourn and Aaron Hill.

Rockies: Gonzalez gets first All-Star nod
Carlos Gonzalez was named to the National League squad through player voting on Sunday, and there is a chance he could start the July 10 game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, since the Dodgers' Matt Kemp, elected by the fans, is injured.

Gonzalez, who was not in the starting lineup for Sunday's finale of a three-game set with the Padres, entered the day leading the NL in total bases (174) and runs (59). He was second in RBIs (58), tied for fourth in home runs (17) and sixth in batting average (.337).

"He is one of the more graceful players I have ever managed, no question," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "It really shows up on the defensive side. You see him out there and you think, 'Hey, he's not moving, he's not going to get to the ball.' And most of the time he's catching the ball like right here [motions to mid chest]."

Worth noting
• Gonzalez has a nine-game hitting streak.

• Matt Holliday is 26-for-53, with two homers, 14 RBIs, nine doubles and 13 runs scored since June 16.

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