St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Paul Phillips went 4-for-5 with a homer and three runs batted in, while Ubaldo Jimenez was strong in eight innings of work to pace the Rockies over the Cardinals, 7-2, in the third test of a four-game set at Busch Stadium.
Jimenez (4-6) gave up just two runs on four hits with a season-high nine strikeouts to collect his first win since May 12.
"Four hits is great, but if I can -- on a consistent bases -- have my pitcher do exactly what he wants to do. That's more gratification than anything," Phillips said.
Clint Barmes went 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored for Colorado, which has won four straight games. Brad Hawpe and Troy Tulowitzki added an RBI apiece for the Rockies, who have outscored its opponents 38-10 over its last four games.
Joel Pineiro (5-6) lasted five-plus frames, allowing three runs on 10 hits with four strikeouts to take the loss.
"I got singles today. I think all my base hits were singles. Today is one of those days were the ball found the holes, and you can't do anything about that," Pineiro said.
Albert Pujols knocked in the only two runs for St. Louis, which has lost four of its last five games. Colby Rasmus doubled twice and scored a run for the Cardinals, who had just five hits compared to 15 for the Rockies.
The Cardinals drew first blood with a pair of runs in the first inning. Skip Schumaker singled and Rasmus doubled to put runners on second and third. Pujols brought both runners home with a rare two-run sacrifice fly to left. Rick Ankiel grounded out and Chris Duncan went down looking to end the frame.
Colorado finally got to Pineiro in the fourth, plating a run to cut its deficit in half. Ian Stewart singled, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Carlos Gonzalez, and went to third on a Tulowitzki infield single. Phillips then stroked a single to right to drive in Stewart. Jimenez grounded out and Dexter Fowler went down looking to end the inning.
The Rockies added two runs in the sixth to go ahead 3-2. Stewart and Gonzalez hit consecutive singles to start things. Tulowitzki and Phillips followed with singles of their own to plate Stewart and Gonzalez, respectively. Chris Perez took over on the hill and retired three of the next four batters to prevent further damage.
Meanwhile, Jimenez was turning in a spectacular performance. He retired 17 consecutive batters before Rasmus doubled to right in the sixth. Jimenez then intentionally walked Pujols to put runners on first and second with two outs. Ankiel went down looking to end the frame.
Colorado used a four-run eighth inning to essentially seal the win. Phillips started things with a one-out, solo shot to left. Back-to-back singles from Jimenez and Fowler put runners on the corners for Barmes, who cleared the bases with a double to left. Trever Miller took over on the mound and gave up an RBI single to Hawpe to cap the scoring.
The Rockies went 6-for-17 with runners in scoring position and stranded 11, while the Cardinals went 0-for-4 with RISP and left four men on base...Colorado first baseman Todd Helton was given the day off on Sunday.
06/07 19:31:39 ET