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Rockies take advantage of Cardinals' eighth-inning miscues

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ST. LOUIS -- No Clydesdales or convertibles. No success, either for the St. Louis Cardinals in their rescheduled home opener.

Third baseman Troy Glaus' throwing error allowed the tying run to score, and Jayson Nix walked with the bases loaded in a two-run eighth inning, helping the Colorado Rockies begin the defense of their NL championship with a 2-1 victory on Tuesday night.

"I made a bad throw. That's it," Glaus said. "Not much I can say about it. If it's a good throw, it's an easy play."

Cardinals castoff Kip Wells pitched into the sixth in his second career opening-day start, Taylor Buchholz (1-0) pitched a scoreless seventh and Manny Corpas pitched a perfect ninth for the save.

Wells was not offered a contract by the Cardinals after going 7-17 with a 5.70 ERA last year. He joined the Rockies with a chance to make their rotation, but had been slated for long relief before the postponement Monday.

"Obviously, my expectations were to go out there and pitch well, so it wasn't a surprise," Wells said. "I think the former teammates is where the adrenaline rush comes from, more than the actual stadium or the circumstances."

Colorado won 14 of its final 15 regular-season games to become the NL wild card, then won seven straight in the postseason for its first NL pennant before being swept by Boston in the World Series.

Kyle Lohse allowed three hits in five scoreless innings for St. Louis and Yadier Molina homered. The Cardinals were limited to six hits a night after their 5-1 third-inning lead against Rockies ace Jeff Francis was washed out.

The makeup opener began in 46-degree chill and the temperature was down to 42 degrees by the ninth. While the Cardinals announced a sellout crowd of 45,996, there were thousands of empty seats.

St. Louis got the pomp out of the way on Monday, when current players and Hall of Famers were delivered to home plate on the backs of convertibles and a team of Budweiser's famed steeds made an appearance.

Glaus, who replaced seven-time Gold Glove winner Scott Rolen at third base, threw sidearm and well wild of the plate on Matt Holliday's slow roller with runners at second and third and no outs in the eighth.

Troy Tulowitzki singled and Todd Helton doubled, both off Ryan Franklin (0-1), to open the inning. Tulowitzki and Molina, the Cardinals' catcher, thought the play at the plate could have gone either way.

"I could have been out, but in that situation I wouldn't have second-guessed myself either," Tulowitzki said. "If I had been thrown out I still would have thought I made the right choice."

Randy Flores struck out Brad Hawpe and Yorvit Torrealba with the bases loaded before Nix, the lone newcomer to the Rockies' lineup, walked on five pitches.

"He showed some good discipline," manager Clint Hurdle said. "He got to watch two guys in front of him. Flores was mixing it up, spinning a lot of balls down in the dirt challenging our guys' discipline more than the strike zone."

Flores had been close to rescuing Franklin, who has lost five consecutive decisions since Aug. 3. Franklin was 4-4 with a 3.04 ERA and 30 holds as the Cardinals' eighth-inning specialist, but was 0-2 with a 9.41 ERA in September and struggled with mechanics in spring training.

"I pitched great for five months and could have had that bad month in April instead of September," Franklin said. "That's over with, and this is 2008 and it'll get better from here."

Notes

  • The Rockies have won four of their past five openers, taking this one despite going 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position.
  • Tulowitzki had three hits, matching his total from last season in St. Louis when he was 3-for-13 in three games.
  • Three Cardinals made their major league debuts, with reliever Kyle McClellan working a perfect sixth that started with a Holliday groundout, pinch-hitter Rico Washington grounding out in the fifth after 3,980 minor league at-bats, and Rule 5 pickup Brian Barton getting a broken-bat pinch single in the seventh.
  • The Cardinals lost back-to-back openers for the first time since 1996-97.
 
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Players of the Game
St. Louis

Y. Molina
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
Colorado

T. Tulowitzki
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Colorado Rockies
Willy Taveras, CF5000002 .000
Troy Tulowitzki, SS4130100 .750
Todd Helton, 1B4120103 .500
Matt Holliday, LF4000113 .000
    Manny Corpas, P0000000 .000
Garrett Atkins, 3B3000102 .000
Brad Hawpe, RF4000033 .000
Yorvit Torrealba, C4010013 .250
Jayson Nix, 2B2001211 .000
Kip Wells, P2000021 .000
    Micah Bowie, P0000000 .000
   a- Ryan Spilborghs, PH1000011 .000
    Taylor Buchholz, P0000000 .000
   b- Jeff Baker, PH1000003 .000
    Brian Fuentes, P0000000 .000
    Scott Podsednik, LF0000000 .000
Totals3426169  
a-struck out for Bowie in the 7th
b-hit into fielder's choice for Buchholz in the 8th
Batting
2B - Troy Tulowitzki (1, Lohse), Todd Helton (1, Franklin)
RBI - Jayson Nix (1)
2-OUT RBI - Jayson Nix (1)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Tulowitzki-Nix-Helton, Torrealba-Nix, Nix-Tulowitzki-Helton
Colorado Rockies
Kip Wells 5.1411331 1.69
Micah Bowie 0.2000000 0.00
Taylor Buchholz (W,1-0) 1200010 0.00
Brian Fuentes (H,1) 1000000 0.00
Manny Corpas (S,1) 1000000 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Kip Wells 74-39, Taylor Buchholz 13-8, Brian Fuentes 7-5, Manny Corpas 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kip Wells 7-4, Micah Bowie 1-0, Taylor Buchholz 1-1, Brian Fuentes 2-1, Manny Corpas 1-2
Batters Faced - Kip Wells 21, Micah Bowie 1, Taylor Buchholz 5, Brian Fuentes 3, Manny Corpas 3
St. Louis Cardinals
Skip Schumaker, RF3000101 .000
Chris Duncan, LF3010101 .333
Albert Pujols, 1B4010010 .250
Rick Ankiel, CF3000101 .000
Troy Glaus, 3B4000011 .000
Yadier Molina, C4111010 .250
Adam Kennedy, 2B3020000 .667
Kyle Lohse, P0000000 .000
   a- Rico Washington, PH1000000 .000
    Kyle McClellan, P0000000 .000
    Russ Springer, P0000000 .000
   b- Brian Barton, PH10100001.000
    Ryan Franklin, P0000000 .000
    Randy Flores, P0000000 .000
    Jason Isringhausen, P0000000 .000
Cesar Izturis, SS3000013 .000
Totals2916134  
a-grounded out for Lohse in the 5th
b-singled for Springer in the 7th
Batting
HR - Yadier Molina (1, Wells)
SH - Kyle Lohse (1)
RBI - Yadier Molina (1)
CS - Chris Duncan (1, 2nd base by Wells/Torrealba)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
PB - Yadier Molina (1)
E - Troy Glaus (1, Throwing)
St. Louis Cardinals
Kyle Lohse 5300330 0.00
Kyle McClellan (H,1) 1000010 0.00
Russ Springer (H,1) 1100020 0.00
Ryan Franklin (BS,1; L,0-1)0220100 0.00
Randy Flores 1000120 0.00
Jason Isringhausen 1000110 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Lohse 74-42, Kyle McClellan 18-12, Russ Springer 11-9, Ryan Franklin 17-9, Randy Flores 13-10, Jason Isringhausen 17-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Lohse 6-6, Kyle McClellan 1-1, Ryan Franklin 1-0, Randy Flores 1-0, Jason Isringhausen 1-1
Batters Faced - Kyle Lohse 21, Kyle McClellan 3, Russ Springer 4, Ryan Franklin 4, Randy Flores 4, Jason Isringhausen 4
Game Information
Attendance - 45996
Game Time - 2:51
Temperature - 45
Umpires - Home - Randy Marsh, First Base - Mike Winters, Second Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Third Base - Marvin Hudson