Lohse would start one-game playoff for Cards

Lohse would start one-game playoff for Cards

ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis manager Tony La Russa would like to see right-hander Kyle Lohse start one more game after his outing on Saturday.

La Russa, in his 16th season with the Cardinals, has penciled in Lohse as the starter should there be a one-game playoff with Atlanta for the National League Wild Card spot.

"Let's hope he pitches," La Russa said. "He's had a heck of a year."

Lohse allowed a run in the first inning Saturday, but he responded with six shutout innings as the Cards rallied for a 2-1 win, leaving them two games behind the Braves in the Wild Card chase.

The Cardinals hold the tiebreaker with the Braves by virtue of their 5-1 head-to-head record.