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Jimenez comes up short of 20th; Cardinals top Rockies

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ST. LOUIS -- After baffling the St. Louis Cardinals for eight scoreless innings, Ubaldo Jimenez lobbied manager Jim Tracy to keep pitching.

It wouldn't have mattered because the Colorado Rockies never scored in a 1-0, 11-inning loss on Saturday. Once the clear front-runner for the NL Cy Young award, Jimenez wound up a tough-luck 19-game winner after falling short in his third try at 20.

"I came to him and said, 'Just give me another try, I still have a lot left in my arm,"' Jimenez said. "He was like, 'No, we're going to take care of you and it's not worth it.

"He was trying to take care of me and hopefully he wants to see me for a long time in the big leagues."

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Pedro Feliz scored the winning run from second when right fielder Ryan Spilborghs bobbled the ball for an error on Matt Holliday's single, giving the Cardinals their fourth straight victory. The teams combined for nine hits, five by Colorado.

The Rockies lost for the 12th time in 13 games and have not scored in their last 23 innings. Colorado was one game out of first in the NL West before the skid, and began the day eight games back.

"It's really disappointing that we weren't able to push something across for that guy," Tracy said. "We had to pull the plug when we did. I had no interest in seeing him go any further."

Jimenez allowed three singles, two of them infield hits, and struck out 10 with two walks. The 26-year-old righty set a franchise record with 214 strikeouts, four more than Pedro Astacio in 1999, after reaching double figures for the fourth time this season.

Jimenez was 15-1 when he started the All-Star game, making him the NL's first pitcher to win that many at the break since Greg Maddux had 15 in 1998. But he was 2-6 in his last 11 outings despite allowing three or fewer runs eight times and two or fewer five times.

The no-decision left Jimenez at 19-8, a franchise record for victories, with a 2.88 ERA. He threw 116 pitches against the Cardinals, and the regular season ends Sunday.

"Sometimes I pitched good and didn't get the runs and sometimes I got the runs and didn't pitch good," Jimenez said. "So it was kind of a crazy second half."

Kyle Lohse allowed three hits in seven scoreless innings for St. Louis, his best showing by far and longest by an inning in nine appearances since coming off the 60-day disabled list. The right-hander has been bothered most of the last two seasons by a nerve injury in his right forearm after getting hit by a pitch in May 2009 and finished 4-8 with a 6.55 ERA.

"I wish I would have had more like that," Lohse said. "It definitely feels good having an outing like that and I'll take into the offseason as a positive and come back ready next year."

Lohse altered his delivery a bit, pulling his arms closer to the body.

"I just felt like experimenting," Lohse said. "It's been such a long year, trying to get everything right and I just wanted to go have fun and see if something worked, and it did."

"My stuff was definitely sharp."

Franklin Morales (0-4) walked Feliz as a pinch-hitter and Colby Rasmus before Holliday lined a single to right. Feliz stopped between second and third to make sure the ball dropped, but scored on a close play after the Rockies' third error of the game.

Jason Motte (4-2) had two strikeouts and a walk in a scoreless 11th.

Holliday was 2 for 5 and is batting .314, one point ahead of Albert Pujols for the team lead. Pujols, who walked as a pinch hitter, has led the Cardinals all nine seasons.

Notes

  • Since going 4 for 4 on Sept. 29, Troy Tulowitzki is 1 for 11 and grounded into a double play with the bases loaded against Mitchell Boggs to end the 10th. Before the four-hit game he had been 0 for 13.
  • Stan Musial rode in a golf cart for a lap around the Busch Stadium warning track as part of the Cardinals' campaign to have the 89-year-old Hall of Famer honored with the Presidential Freedom medal. Players from both teams lined up outside the dugouts and many shook hands with Musial. Fans waved cardboard Musial cutouts during the ceremony before the bottom of the sixth.
  • The Rockies' Carlos Gonzalez missed the game with a swollen hand.
  • St. Louis rookie Jon Jay played three innings in right field but was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the 11th, staying at .300.
 
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Matt Holliday is mobbed by his teammates after hitting a walk-off RBI single in the 11th inning (AP)
Matt Holliday is mobbed by his teammates after hitting a walk-off RBI single in the 11th inning (AP)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

K. Lohse
IP 7.0
H 3
ER 0
BB 4
K 5
Colorado

U. Jimenez
IP 8.0
H 3
ER 0
BB 2
K 10
 

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Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dexter Fowler, CF5020013 .257
Jonathan Herrera, 2B3010103 .284
Ian Stewart, 3B3000212 .259
Troy Tulowitzki, SS3000202 .315
Todd Helton, 1B4010102 .256
Seth Smith, RF3000034 .246
   a- Ryan Spilborghs, PH-RF2000010 .279
Jay Payton, LF4010101 .344
Chris Iannetta, C3000111 .201
Ubaldo Jimenez, P3000013 .104
    Matt Reynolds, P0000000 .000
    Matt Belisle, P0000000 .250
   b- Melvin Mora, PH1000010 .285
    Rafael Betancourt, P0000000 .000
    Franklin Morales, P0000000 .000
Totals3405089  
a-grounded out for Smith in the 9th
b-struck out for Belisle in the 10th
Batting
2B - Jay Payton (4, Lohse)
SH - Jonathan Herrera (7)
SB - Jay Payton (1, 3rd base off Motte/Pagnozzi)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
E - Todd Helton (8, Misplayed grounder), Ryan Spilborghs (5, Misplayed grounder), Ian Stewart (10, Throwing)
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ubaldo Jimenez 83002100 2.88
Matt Reynolds 0.1000100 2.00
Matt Belisle 0.2000010 2.93
Rafael Betancourt 1000010 3.61
Franklin Morales (L,0-4)0110200 6.28
HBP - Pagnozzi (by Ubaldo Jimenez)
WP - Ubaldo Jimenez (16)
Pitches-Strikes - Ubaldo Jimenez 116-78, Matt Reynolds 7-3, Matt Belisle 5-3, Rafael Betancourt 7-6, Franklin Morales 12-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ubaldo Jimenez 9-6
Batters Faced - Ubaldo Jimenez 31, Matt Reynolds 2, Matt Belisle 1, Rafael Betancourt 3, Franklin Morales 3
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Aaron Miles, SS4000000 .283
    Brendan Ryan, SS1000000 .221
Allen Craig, RF3010120 .248
    Jon Jay, RF0000000 .300
   a- Pedro Feliz, PH0100100 .218
Colby Rasmus, CF4000121 .274
Matt Holliday, LF5020012 .314
Mark Hamilton, 1B2000114 .154
   b- Albert Pujols, PH0000100 .313
    Joe Mather, PR-1B0000000 .207
Skip Schumaker, 2B4000012 .263
Matt Pagnozzi, C3010021 .343
Daniel Descalso, 3B4000022 .233
Kyle Lohse, P2000002 .171
   c- Randy Winn, PH1000000 .241
    Kyle McClellan, P0000000 .500
    Trever Miller, P0000000 .000
    Mitchell Boggs, P0000000 .000
   d- Nick Stavinoha, PH1000010 .258
    Jason Motte, P0000000 .000
Totals34140512  
a-walked for Jay in the 11th
b-walked for Hamilton in the 9th
c-lined out for Lohse in the 7th
d-struck out for Boggs in the 10th
Batting
CS - Joe Mather (1, 2nd base by Belisle/Iannetta)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Schumaker-Miles-Hamilton, Lohse-Miles-Hamilton, Descalso-Schumaker-Mather
E - Matt Pagnozzi (1, Throwing), Colby Rasmus (5, Misplayed grounder)
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Kyle Lohse 7300450 6.55
Kyle McClellan 0.2100110 2.30
Trever Miller 0.1000000 4.00
Mitchell Boggs 2100210 3.61
Jason Motte (W,4-2) 1000120 2.24
IBB - Tulowitzki by Kyle McClellan
HBP - Iannetta (by Kyle Lohse)
WP - Mitchell Boggs (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Lohse 87-47, Kyle McClellan 11-5, Trever Miller 3-3, Mitchell Boggs 26-12, Jason Motte 24-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Lohse 9-5, Kyle McClellan 1-0, Mitchell Boggs 4-0
Batters Faced - Kyle Lohse 27, Kyle McClellan 4, Trever Miller 1, Mitchell Boggs 8, Jason Motte 4
Game Information
Attendance - 39633
Game Time - 3:08
Temperature - 59
Umpires - Home - Ed Hickox, First Base - Ron Kulpa, Second Base - Field Culbreth, Third Base - Gary Cederstrom