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NYM@STL: Gast earns first career big league win

On Tuesday, John Gast became the first Cardinals left-handed pitcher to start and win his Major League debut since Allen Watson in 1993.

He'll once again be asked to pitch in Jake Westbrook's place on Sunday while the right-hander recovers from right elbow inflammation on the 15-day disabled list. Gast will throw the deciding game of the Cardinals' weekend series against the Brewers at Busch Stadium after the two teams needed extra innings to decide Saturday's 6-4 Brewers win.

In the rookie's first start, he blanked the Mets for five innings before they tagged him for four runs in the sixth. Still, Gast received enough run support to hold on for the victory, and he's hoping for a similar result on Sunday.

The Brewers will send former Cardinal Kyle Lohse to the mound on Sunday. The right-hander will be facing St. Louis for the third time in nine starts this season. But the Brewers are just 2-6 in Lohse's starts. He has received a total of six runs of support in all six of his losses, putting him among the least-supported pitchers in the National League.

"You're going to notice it at this point," Lohse said after his start against the Rangers on May 8. "But it's not something that I'm going around hanging my head about or saying anything. These guys are trying hard. The pitcher on the other side is trying to do his job, too, and they've been doing a good job. It just so happens that it keeps happening on the days I'm pitching. It will even out, I'm sure. I'll keep grinding away -- that's what I do."

Despite the lack of run support, manager Ron Roenicke hasn't seen any frustration out of Lohse.

"They understand how it goes sometimes," Roenicke said Saturday. "Last year, with him here [in St. Louis], obviously they scored a lot of runs for him. You can't have that kind of record -- I know his ERA was good -- but you can't be 16-3 without tremendous offense."

Cardinals: Carlos Beltran set to return to lineup
Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran is expected to return to the starting lineup on Sunday after taking a break from it on Saturday. Manager Mike Matheny said he liked the way Beltran has been moving in the field recently but wanted to find a day to rest his 36-year-old outfielder.

"He didn't necessarily want a day," Matheny said. "He was warming up, day game tomorrow, we'd like to have him in there, it's a good time for [first baseman Matt] Adams to get in."

Brewers: Platoon at second base
Rickie Weeks has struggled through the early part of the season and may start seeing more time off in the near future. Jeff Bianchi started in Weeks' spot at second base on Saturday, and ended up contributing the go-ahead two-run single in the 10th inning.

Entering Saturday's game, Weeks was hitting .176 with a .282 slugging percentage, but had drawn 22 walks this season.

Worth noting
• In 86 games against the Brewers, Matt Holliday is hitting .327 with with 60 RBIs and 18 home runs. He was 2-for-6 with two RBIs and a run in the first two games of the series.

• The Brewers are 7-13 on the road this season and are 1-4-1 in road series play with Sunday's series finale deciding who wins the weekend series against the Cardinals.

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