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St. Louis at Colorado

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Holliday's four singles lift De La Rosa, Rockies over Cardinals

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DENVER -- Rockies manager Clint Hurdle has been pleading with his team to play more relaxed. With the losses piling up, though, relaxed was the last thing the players felt.

But the reigning NL champs are walking around with a little more pep after beating the St. Louis Cardinals for a second straight time, a 9-3 win Thursday to salvage a split in their four-game series.

"I had a coach tell me (once) to relax, but he finally told me it's hard to relax when you're not good," Hurdle said. "That's where we've been."

Matt Holliday had four singles and Jorge De La Rosa scattered five hits over 5 2/3 innings as the Rockies won two in a row at Coors Field for the first time since early April, when they took three from Atlanta.

"When things are going bad, it seems to snowball," Todd Helton said. "Hopefully, it goes the other way, too."

The Rockies had lost 13 of 16 before a late rally Wednesday night led to a 4-3 win, momentum that might have spilled over into Thursday -- if you believe in that sort of thing.

"I never know how much carries over, what does or doesn't carry over," said Holliday, who had four hits in a game for the 11th time in his career. "You just try to keep it going."

A funny hop in the first had the Cardinals fuming and the Rockies off and rolling.

Third baseman Brendan Ryan's misplay of Holliday's grounder with two outs opened the door for a four-run first inning. Ryan waited back on the ball only to have it bounce off his glove for what originally was ruled an error and later switched to a hit.

The Cardinals said they want the league office to take another look at the play. While it won't help with the outcome, it would lower Kyle Lohse's ERA.

Lohse (3-2) struggled for a second straight outing, allowing seven runs and eight hits in four innings. He was coming off a sensational April in which he allowed just nine runs in 34 1/3 innings. So far in May, though, he's surrendered 15 runs and 17 hits in 10 innings.

"I didn't have the best stuff out there," Lohse said. "I wasn't getting the inside part of the plate so ... it's pretty easy when you're looking for something over the plate."

Omar Quintanilla added a career-high three hits and Garrett Atkins finished 2-for-3 with a double, triple and two RBI for the Rockies.

De La Rosa (1-1) was making his second start for Colorado since being acquired April 30 from the Royals. He gave up two runs while striking out five. He looked like a completely different pitcher from the one that surrendered nine runs in four innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

"Everything was different," said De La Rosa, who received a standing ovation as he left the field. "I felt much better. I mixed my pitches very good."

Ryan Ludwick continued his torrid hitting for St. Louis with two solo home runs. He went 9-for-13 in the four-game series with three doubles, three home runs and six RBI. Ludwick entered Coors Field with a .308 average and departed at .363.

"He had a great series," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. "It's part of a great first month and eight days - long way to go."

Albert Pujols had a single in the sixth, running his streak of reaching base to 36 straight games. It's the longest streak to start a season since 1999, when Derek Jeter reached in 53 straight games and Jim Thome in 37.

The Rockies head out on a six-game road trip on which they play NL West rivals San Diego and Arizona. Colorado is 5-13 this season against its division. The team knows that has to change in a hurry in order to defend its NL title.

"We haven't allowed ourselves much room for error," Holliday said.

Notes

Cardinals OF Rick Ankiel was given the day off. ... 3B Troy Glaus didn't start for St. Louis but entered the game in the fifth to pinch hit and drew a walk. ... La Russa remains three wins shy of 2,400 in his career. ... Rockies C Chris Iannetta started behind the plate for a career-high fifth straight game, and had a two-run single in the first.

 
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Players of the Game
Colorado

M. Holliday
AB 5
R 3
H 4
HR 0
RBI 0
St. Louis

R. Ludwick
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 2
 
St. Louis Cardinals
Skip Schumaker, CF4110011 .301
Brian Barton, RF4000011 .288
Albert Pujols, 1B3010000 .341
    Mike Parisi, P1000010 .000
Ryan Ludwick, LF4222012 .363
Yadier Molina, C4021000 .302
Brendan Ryan, 3B4000003 .281
Adam Kennedy, 2B4000022 .310
Kyle Lohse, P1000010 .133
   a- Troy Glaus, PH0000100 .225
    Russ Springer, P0000000 .000
    Chris Duncan, 1B2000011 .247
Cesar Izturis, SS4010003 .244
Totals3537318  
a-walked for Lohse in the 5th
Batting
HR - Ryan Ludwick 2 (7, De La Rosa, Herges)
RBI - Ryan Ludwick 2 (21), Yadier Molina (11)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Ludwick (5), Yadier Molina (7)
SB - Cesar Izturis (2, 2nd base off Corpas/Iannetta)
Team LOB - 6
St. Louis Cardinals
Kyle Lohse (L,3-2) 4877540 4.87
Russ Springer 1000010 7.50
Mike Parisi 3522120 3.60
WP - Mike Parisi (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Lohse 92-56, Russ Springer 13-11, Mike Parisi 59-39
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Lohse 3-5, Mike Parisi 4-3
Batters Faced - Kyle Lohse 25, Russ Springer 3, Mike Parisi 15
Colorado Rockies
Scott Podsednik, CF5000024 .267
Omar Quintanilla, 2B5230010 .400
Matt Holliday, LF5340011 .324
Todd Helton, 1B4111104 .269
Garrett Atkins, 3B3222101 .326
Ryan Spilborghs, RF3101113 .315
Chris Iannetta, C4012112 .345
Clint Barmes, SS2011200 .313
Jorge De La Rosa, P3001012 .000
    Manny Corpas, P0000000 .000
   a- Jeff Baker, PH1010000 .200
    Matt Herges, P0000000 .000
    Taylor Buchholz, P0000000 .000
Totals35913867  
a-singled for Corpas in the 7th
Batting
2B - Omar Quintanilla (5, Parisi), Todd Helton (9, Lohse), Garrett Atkins (10, Parisi), Clint Barmes (10, Lohse)
3B - Garrett Atkins (1, Lohse)
SF - Garrett Atkins (3), Ryan Spilborghs (1)
RBI - Todd Helton (12), Garrett Atkins 2 (24), Ryan Spilborghs (13), Chris Iannetta 2 (14), Clint Barmes (12), Jorge De La Rosa (2)
2-OUT RBI - Todd Helton (8), Chris Iannetta 2 (7), Clint Barmes (6)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
E - Garrett Atkins (4, Throwing)
Colorado Rockies
Jorge De La Rosa (W,1-1) 5.2522151 10.24
Manny Corpas 1.1100000 7.58
Matt Herges 1111011 2.11
Taylor Buchholz 1000020 1.83
WP - Jorge De La Rosa (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Jorge De La Rosa 97-63, Manny Corpas 16-11, Matt Herges 10-8, Taylor Buchholz 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jorge De La Rosa 7-5, Manny Corpas 1-3, Taylor Buchholz 2-0
Batters Faced - Jorge De La Rosa 23, Manny Corpas 5, Matt Herges 4, Taylor Buchholz 4
Game Information
Attendance - 25376
Game Time - 2:51
Temperature - 57
Umpires - Home - Mike Reilly, First Base - Bob Davidson, Second Base - Alfonso Marquez, Third Base - Andy Fletcher