After carrying a 3-1 lead through five innings the St. Louis Cardinals and starter Kyle Lohse were struck for five runs by the Philadelphia Phillies offense in the bottom of the sixth inning, when Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez hit two home runs and drove in five to put the Phillies up 6-3. Roy Halladay looks locked in after a three-run first, so the Cardinals are in for some rallying with the bullpen up early.
Howard's home run was his eighth in 153 postseason at-bats and his second in five NLDS series. Lohse's start was his first in NLDS play after four appearances and one start in the ALDS.
Lohse's night ends with four strikeouts and one walk—but two home runs and five earned runs—in five-and-a-third innings, and the Howard home run came after a long at-bat in which he'd nearly struck out the Phillies' slugger twice. Octavio Dotel came in to strike out both batters he faced to end the inning, with Marc Rzepczynski in to start the seventh inning.