National League Game Summary - Colorado at St. Louis|
(Monday, July 2nd)
Final Score: St. Louis 9, Colorado 3
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Kyle Lohse pitched into the eighth inning
while Allen Craig homered twice and knocked in three runs as the St. Louis
Cardinals downed the Colorado Rockies, 9-3, in the opener of a four-game
series at Busch Stadium.
Lohse (8-2) scattered nine hits and two runs over 7 1/3 innings. He walked two
and struck out five.
"He just pitched. He did a little bit of everything, but most of it is just
his efficiency, staying down and getting the ground balls when he needed to,"
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said about Lohse.
Matt Holliday added a home run and two RBI for the Cardinals, who won their
second straight game on the heels of a three-game losing streak.
Rockies starter Josh Outman lasted just three innings, allowing two runs on
two hits and five walks. Tyler Chatwood (1-1) surrendered four runs on five
hits and two walks over 2 1/3 frames to take the loss.
"You can't pitch like that and expect to afford yourself an opportunity to
beat a team like this," Colorado manager Jim Tracy said.
Tyler Colvin had a two-run home run and Wilin Rosario hit a solo shot for
Colorado, which dropped its third straight.
St. Louis opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning without a hit
when Jon Jay worked a one-out walk, advanced to second on a wild pitch, stole
third and came home on Carlos Beltran's sacrifice fly to right field.
Holliday made it a 2-0 game in the third inning with a solo blast over the
But the Rockies quickly tied the game in the fourth when Colvin lifted a two-
run homer to right field. Michael Cuddyer singled prior to Colvin's ninth home
run of the year.
Colorado stranded the bases loaded in the top of the fifth inning before the
Cardinals regained the lead in the bottom of the frame when Jay walked and
later crossed the plate on Beltran's fielder's choice grounder to second.
Craig followed by hammering a ball over the wall in straightaway center field
to give St. Louis a 5-2 lead.
Rafael Furcal walked, advanced to third on a ground-rule double by Jay and
came home on Holliday's sacrifice fly to right field in the sixth inning to
extend the Cardinals' advantage.
Yadier Molina then scored on a throwing error by Marco Scutaro before David
Freese crossed the plate on a groundout by Furcal in the seventh to give St.
Louis an 8-2 cushion.
Colorado threatened to get back in the game in the eighth inning after loading
the bases with one out, but Mitchell Boggs relieved Lohse and needed just two
pitches to induce an inning-ending double play off the bat of Dexter Fowler.
The teams traded solo home runs by Craig in the eighth and Rosario in the
ninth to account for the final margin.
Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzalez extended his hit streak to 10
games...Beltran has recorded an RBI in nine straight games...St. Louis has won
nine of its last 11 games against Colorado and leads the all-time series,
83-81...The Cardinals went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position and left
nine men on base...Colorado hit 1-for-5 with runners in scoring position and
07/03 01:38:14 ET