Cards in search of more offense

Cards in search of more offense

PITTSBURGH -- The Cardinals were desperately searching for some offense as they opened a three-game series in Pittsburgh on Friday night.

With Thursday's 4-1 loss to Philadelphia, St. Louis scored two or fewer runs for the sixth time in its last seven games. And for the fifth time in their last seven games, the Cardinals lost.

"We've been pitching well," manager Tony La Russa said. "You can pick apart some of our at-bats and execution hasn't been the best of our season, so what you do is you try to improve the quality of the at-bats and that's how you end up having better results."

La Russa was asked if he can make any changes in the lineup to jump-start the offense.

"We're playing a couple of clubs in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh where Troy Glaus has been productive, and I think him in the four spot is better protection for [Albert] Pujols," La Russa said. "And you can put [Ryan] Ludwick second or you can put him fifth. There are not a lot of dramatic things you can do with that lineup."

George Von Benko is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.