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Pujols, Carpenter do just enough to top Rockies

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DENVER -- Chris Carpenter kept Colorado at bay long enough for St. Louis to finally get to Jason Jennings.

Albert Pujols hit his 33rd homer, Carpenter scattered seven hits over 7 1/3 innings and the St. Louis Cardinals beat Colorado 1-0 Tuesday night to hand Jennings the first complete-game loss for a Rockies pitcher at home in franchise history.

"Guts. A lot of guts on both sides," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said.

Pujols hit a 1-1 pitch from Jennings into the right-field stands in the sixth. That was all the Cardinals could manage against Jennings, who allowed four hits and two walks.

"It's a changeup outside and four inches off the ground," Jennings said of the pitch to Pujols. "Not many people can hit that out."

Carpenter repeatedly worked out of trouble to put St. Louis in position to win. He allowed runners to reach third base in each of the first three innings and retired the side in order just twice.

"I battled tonight, no question about it, but you are going to have those nights," Carpenter said. "I'll battle every night if I go 7 1/3 and not give up any runs; especially against a lineup like this. So it was a nice night."

Carpenter struck out four and walked three, one intentionally. He was pulled in the bottom of the eighth after giving up a one-out single to Matt Holliday, but reliever Randy Flores got Todd Helton to fly out to center and Brad Hawpe struck out swinging.

Jason Isringhausen pitched the ninth for his 28th save.

It was the eighth time this season the Rockies have scored one run or less in one of Jennings' starts.

Jamey Carroll led off the bottom of the first with a double and took third on Clint Barmes' sacrifice bunt, but third baseman Scott Rolen threw him out at the plate when he tried to score on Garrett Atkins' bouncer to third.

The Rockies ran themselves out of the inning again in the fourth when Choo Freeman struck out on a 3-2 pitch and Brad Hawpe, who had singled, was thrown out at second on a botched hit-and-run play.

Rolen stopped the Rockies again with one on and two out in the fifth, stretching to his right to spear a grounder by Atkins, then firing from his knees to throw him out.

"That play he made was huge," La Russa said. "As it turned out, it changed the complexion of the game."

The Cardinals threatened in the first when David Eckstein and So Taguchi hit consecutive singles, but Pujols lined out to shortstop and Juan Encarnacion hit into a double play to end the inning.

Jennings settled in after that, giving up a walk in the second and then retiring 12 consecutive batters before Pujols' homer with two out in the sixth.

Notes

  • It was the third 1-0 game in the history of Coors Field.
  • Barmes' infield single in the fifth gave him a 13-game hitting streak.
  • Pujols has now scored 700 runs in his career.
 
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Chris Carpenter strikes out four and walks three through 7 1/3 innings of work against the Rockies.  (AP)
Chris Carpenter strikes out four and walks three through 7 1/3 innings of work against the Rockies. (AP)

Players of the Game
Colorado

J. Jennings
IP 9.0
H 4
ER 1
BB 2
K 4
St. Louis

C. Carpenter
IP 7.1
H 7
ER 0
BB 3
K 4
 

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St. Louis Cardinals
David Eckstein, SS4010020 .302
So Taguchi, LF4010000 .280
Albert Pujols, 1B4111002 .327
Scott Rolen, 3B3000100 .320
Juan Encarnacion, RF3010001 .284
Jim Edmonds, CF3000010 .253
Yadier Molina, C3000000 .218
Aaron Miles, 2B2000100 .261
Chris Carpenter, P3000011 .075
    Randy Flores, P0000000 .000
    Jason Isringhausen, P0000000 .000
Totals29141244 
Batting
HR - Albert Pujols (33, J. Jennings)
RBI - Albert Pujols (86)
2-OUT RBI - Albert Pujols (23)
CS - Juan Encarnacion (4, 2nd base by J. Jennings/Torrealba)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Molina-Miles
St. Louis Cardinals
Chris Carpenter (W,10-4) 7.1700340 2.68
Randy Flores (H,14) 0.2000010 5.02
Jason Isringhausen (S,28) 1100110 3.02
IBB - Hawpe by Chris Carpenter
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Carpenter 112-67, Randy Flores 7-5, Jason Isringhausen 24-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Carpenter 9-8, Jason Isringhausen 1-1
Batters Faced - Chris Carpenter 31, Randy Flores 2, Jason Isringhausen 5
Colorado Rockies
Jamey Carroll, 2B5020012 .320
Clint Barmes, SS4010003 .237
Garrett Atkins, 3B3000101 .313
Matt Holliday, LF3010112 .321
Todd Helton, 1B4000003 .280
Brad Hawpe, RF3020111 .304
Yorvit Torrealba, C3000024 .236
   a- Jason Smith, PH1010000 .278
Choo Freeman, CF4010014 .273
Jason Jennings, P3000002 .171
   b- Jorge Piedra, PH0000100 .188
    Cory Sullivan, PR0000000 .278
Totals330804622 
a-singled for Torrealba in the 9th
b-walked for J. Jennings in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jamey Carroll (17, Carpenter)
SH - Clint Barmes (13)
CS - Brad Hawpe (4, 2nd base by Carpenter/Molina)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Barmes-Carroll-Helton
Colorado Rockies
Jason Jennings (L,6-9) 9411241 3.70
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Jennings 105-69
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Jennings 11-10
Batters Faced - Jason Jennings 31
Game Information
Attendance - 31673
Game Time - 2:30
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Travis Reininger, First Base - Brian O'Nora, Second Base - Chuck Meriwether, Third Base - Phil Cuzzi