DENVER ( Associated Press) — Brendan Rodgers and Ryan McMahon scored one home run after another in the seventh inning of six runs as the Colorado Rockies beat the St. Louis Cardinals 8-6 on Thursday to seal their first series win. All-Star Break.
The Rockies surpassed three more Paul Goldschmidt hits, including his 27th home run, reaching 7–14 since July 22.
Former Rocky slugger Nolan Arenado hit his 24th home run to extend his hitting streak to nine games, but looked outside with two in the ninth to end it for the Cardinals. They lost for the second time in three tries after winning seven in a row.
Jordan Hicks (3-6) scored two runs with one in the seventh and was relieved by Genesis Cabrera. Charlie Blackmon pulls a grounder from the right to snap a 2-all tie and Jose Iglesias hits an RBI single in the middle.
Rodgers then estimated an estimated 407 ft. made a first-pitch change of, The three-run homer made 10 for 19 in his last four matches. McMahon single shot to the right It was the end of the day for Cabrera, who bowled just 13 pitches.
Goldschmidt, who improved his NL-leading batting average to .332, Hit a two-run homer and Arenado followed with a single shot. Eighth ahead of Alex Colomé, but didn’t come close to St. Louis. The Cardinals, who also got a solo home run from Nolan Gorman, cut their lead over Milwaukee in the NL Central to half a game before their three-game series in St.
Brian Cervan added a two-run double and Lukas Gilbreth (1-0) took a perfect seventh-place finish for Colorado. Daniel Byrd loaded the bases with one in the ninth, but included Goldschmidt in an RBI forceout before fanning Arenado with a slider to save his 24th in 26 chances.
Cardinals starter Dakota Hudson allowed four hits and four walks in five innings, while Rocky’s right-hander German Marquez worked around eight hits and hit six. He came out of the jam in his sixth and final inning when he trapped Paul DeJong and Tyler O’Neill with runners in second and third.
Cardinals: RHP Jack Flaherty (shoulder) was to open the doubleheader’s opener for Triple-A Memphis as his rehab begins on Wednesday.
Rockies: CF Jonathan Daja takes a running catch from Arenado’s fly to right center first, then fell to the ground on his left shoulder. Daza was assisted off the field via the Rockies’ bullpen and the team did not return with a shoulder sprain. … C Elias Diaz (arm) was awaiting MRI results after being injured on the swing on Wednesday. X-rays after the game were negative.
After homing in and collecting four hits while playing first base on Wednesday, St. Louis Albert Pujols took the day off in his last appearance at Coors Field. Pujols made his major league debut on 2 April 2001 at Denver for 1 for 3.
Retiring Pujols’ next game will be his 3,035th game and will leave him behind Ty Cobb in fifth place in major league history.
A day after treble twice, Lars Knutbar led the Cardinals’ order with a double in his first game. Tyler O’Neill started in center field before struggling Dylan Carlson.
Cardinals: LHP Jordan Montgomery (4-3, 3.53 ERA) will start Friday night against Milwaukee LHP Eric Lauer (8-3, 3.59).
Rockies: RHP Antonio Senzatella (3-6, 4.68) will start against Arizona RHP Zach Davis (2-4, 4.03) at Coors Field on Friday night as Colorado seeks a straight win for the first time since July 15-16.
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