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ST. LOUIS -- Chris Carpenter ended his season on a strong note.
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Carpenter (16-9) snapped a four-game losing streak -- during which he posted a 7.17 ERA -- with the four-hitter.
"I feel like I've gotten stronger and stronger as the year has gone on," Carpenter said. "There's no question that my stuff was better tonight than it has been all year. I was sinking the ball well and commanding both sides of the plate."
The Rockies, who were eliminated from the postseason on Tuesday, have lost 10 of 11.
"I don't like the thought of sitting here saying there's only three more days left in the season," Colorado manager Jim Tracy said. "Whatever these lows we're dealing with, we've got to get them figured out."
Carpenter, who threw just 100 pitches, retired the last 10 batters in making his major league-leading and career-best 35th start. He walked two and struck out four in the 29th complete game of his career.
"He was in great command all night long," St. Louis manager Tony La Russa said.
Albert Pujols had two hits, reached base three times and picked up his NL-leading 118th RBI. Pujols passed Colorado outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, who did not play Thursday and has 117 RBI.
Pujols' RBI was his 21st game-winner, which leads the major leagues.
Gonzalez entered Thursday's play with a 13-point lead in the NL batting race over Cincinnati's Joey Votto. Gonzalez, who is hitting .338, will play Friday and Saturday, Tracy said.
This is only the second series for these clubs this season. St. Louis was swept by Colorado July 6-8 at Coors Field. They have had the Cardinals number recently, winning 11 of the last 13 meetings.
Colorado starter Jason Hammel (10-9) went just three innings, allowing five runs and eight hits. It was his shortest outing since April 26 against Arizona when he also pitched three innings.
"September has been rough," Hammel said. "It feels like I've been throwing batting practice. It's definitely not the finish I wanted."
St. Louis took a 1-0 lead in the first on double by Pujols. The Cardinals added two runs in the second on an RBI single by Brendan Ryan and a sacrifice fly by Skip Schumaker.
St. Louis made it 5-0 in the third when Pujols scored on a single by Colby Rasmus, who came home on a groundout by Matt Pagnozzi. Pagnozzi drove in the Cardinals' final run in the seventh.
Colorado's lone run came in the sixth when Dexter Fowler tripled and scored on a wild pitch.
Cardinals minor league SS Lainer Bueno, a member of the club's Venezuelan Summer League roster, received a 50-game suspension Thursday for testing positive for clenbuterol. The suspension is effective at the start of the next season. ... Colorado's Troy Tulowitzki, who has 15 homers and 40 RBI in September, the most ever for a Rockie, did not drive in a run against St. Louis. He fell short of Babe Ruth's September record of 17 homers and 43 RBI.
|Players of the Game|
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|Dexter Fowler, CF||4||1||1||0||0||1||0||.253|
|Chris Nelson, 2B||3||0||0||0||1||1||1||.273|
|Ryan Spilborghs, LF||3||0||0||0||1||0||1||.284|
|Troy Tulowitzki, SS||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.320|
|Todd Helton, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.259|
|Ian Stewart, 3B||3||0||1||0||0||1||0||.261|
|Chris Iannetta, C||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.208|
|Seth Smith, RF||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.246|
|Jason Hammel, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.105|
|Edgmer Escalona, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Michael McKenry, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|Manny Delcarmen, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Octavio Dotel, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Jay Payton, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.357|
|Samuel Deduno, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Escalona in the 6th|
|b-lined out for Dotel in the 8th|
|3B - Dexter Fowler (14, Carpenter)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|DP - Helton|
|E - Todd Helton (7, Misplayed grounder), Seth Smith (3, Misplayed grounder)|
|Jason Hammel (L,10-9)||3||8||5||5||0||1||0||4.81|
|HBP - Holliday (by Jason Hammel)|
|WP - Edgmer Escalona (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jason Hammel 53-38, Edgmer Escalona 38-19, Manny Delcarmen 8-7, Octavio Dotel 20-11, Samuel Deduno 12-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Hammel 4-3, Manny Delcarmen 2-0, Octavio Dotel 1-2, Samuel Deduno 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Jason Hammel 17, Edgmer Escalona 9, Manny Delcarmen 3, Octavio Dotel 6, Samuel Deduno 4|
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|Skip Schumaker, 2B||4||1||2||1||0||0||0||.266|
|Allen Craig, RF||3||0||0||0||0||1||3||.236|
|a- Jon Jay, PH-RF||2||0||1||0||0||1||0||.300|
|Albert Pujols, 1B||3||2||2||1||1||0||1||.315|
|b- Mark Hamilton, PH-1B||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.182|
|Matt Holliday, LF||3||0||1||0||0||1||1||.311|
|Colby Rasmus, CF||3||1||1||1||1||0||2||.276|
|Pedro Feliz, 3B||4||1||1||0||0||0||5||.220|
|Matt Pagnozzi, C||3||1||2||2||1||0||0||.367|
|Brendan Ryan, SS||4||0||1||1||0||0||5||.222|
|Chris Carpenter, P||3||0||0||0||0||2||0||.111|
|a-struck out for Craig in the 6th|
|b-struck out for Pujols in the 8th|
|2B - Albert Pujols (39, Hammel)|
|SF - Skip Schumaker (4)|
|SH - Chris Carpenter (10)|
|RBI - Skip Schumaker (42), Albert Pujols (118), Colby Rasmus (66), Matt Pagnozzi 2 (7), Brendan Ryan (35)|
|2-OUT RBI - Matt Pagnozzi (3)|
|SB - Albert Pujols (14, 3rd base off Hammel/Iannetta), Colby Rasmus (12, 2nd base off Hammel/Iannetta)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|DP - Ryan-Schumaker-Pujols|
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|Chris Carpenter (W,16-9)||9||4||1||1||2||4||0||3.22|
|WP - Chris Carpenter (3)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Chris Carpenter 97-64|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Carpenter 12-10|
|Batters Faced - Chris Carpenter 32|
|Attendance - 36739|
|Game Time - 2:17|
|Temperature - 69|
|Umpires - Home - Field Culbreth, First Base - Gary Cederstrom, Second Base - Ed Hickox, Third Base - Ron Kulpa|