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ST. LOUIS -- Allen Craig is putting up All-Star numbers, in about half the games.
Craig hit a pair of home runs, Carlos Beltran extended his RBI streak to a major league high nine games and Kyle Lohse worked into the eighth inning of the St. Louis Cardinals' 9-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Monday night.
"I am trying to make up for lost time," Craig said. "Being on the DL's not fun, and I'm trying to make the most of my opportunities. I feel like I'm in a good spot, just going out there and having fun."
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Matt Holliday had a homer and sacrifice fly, Jon Jay doubled and walked twice with a steal and David Freese had three hits for the Cardinals, who punished a pitching staff that entered the game with a major league-worst 5.37 ERA.
Tyler Colvin and Wilin Rosario homered for the Rockies, who have dropped five of seven. Rosario homered for the third straight game, but Colorado pitchers totaled four wild pitches, eight walks and an error that allowed a run.
"When you walk eight guys, you don't give yourself much of a chance to win," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "You just can't do it, that's what it boils down to.
"We've talked about that a lot and there's probably little else for us to say."
Beltran, an NL All-Star game starter picked to participate in the home run derby, leads the league with 63 RBIs. He has 15 RBIs during the streak, including two on a sacrifice fly and groundout against Colorado.
Craig has 13 homers and 43 RBIs in 40 games in a season abbreviated by injury. He was awarded a bonus RBI single by Major League Baseball on Monday after review of a play originally ruled a fielding error, a one-hop liner that the Marlins' Jose Reyes couldn't handle at Miami on June 26.
"I did hear about that, actually," Craig said. "I thought it was a really tough play for him."
Lohse (8-2) worked seven or more innings for his fifth straight start, striking out five and walking two in 7 1/3 innings. He's 3-0 with a 2.29 ERA in three starts against the Rockies the last two seasons.
"I'm feeling strong, doing the things I need to do to get quick innings," Lohse said. "My slider was working really good, just about everything was."
Lohse was tenacious at the plate, too, coaxing an 11-pitch walk out of Josh Outman in the second and singling in the fourth. Manager Mike Matheny said it's a season best for the pitching staff.
Outman threw five of his first 10 pitches in the dirt and finished with two wild pitches and more balls (36) than strikes (34) in an abbreviated three-inning start, exiting with a 9.00 ERA. Outman, who played at suburban Lindbergh High School, gave up two runs and matched his career high with five walks.
The lefty hasn't lasted more than five innings in any of his eight starts this season.
"It's just been a comedy of mistakes on my part, and falling behind in counts," Outman said. "You see what good-hitting teams do in that scenario."
The Cardinals took the lead in the first on two walks, two wild pitches and a sacrifice fly by Beltran. Holliday's 13th homer in the third made it 2-0 before Colvin's ninth of the season tied it in the fourth.
Craig put the Cardinals ahead for good with a two-run homer in the fifth off Tyler Chatwood (1-1), a drive to straightaway center estimated at 438 feet two pitches after a visit from co-pitching coach Bo McLaughlin. He wrapped up the scoring with a 416-foot homer off Matt Reynolds in the eighth for his career multihomer game.
"Nothing against him, he's a good hitter," Lohse said. "But he's a guy I'd rather face in that situation than Gonzalez."
Holliday had been 1 for 15 with one RBI the previous six games against his old team after batting .415 (17 for 41) with three homers and six RBIs his first 11 games against Colorado according to STATS LLC.
Colvin is 10 for 25 with two doubles, two triples, two homers and 10 RBIs the last seven games. Rosario, a rookie, leads NL catchers with 14 homers after connecting off Maikel Cleto in the ninth.
|In addition to connecting for a pair of home runs and 3 RBI, Allen Craig brings his leather at first base (Getty Images)|
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|Eric Young Jr., CF||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.244|
|Matt Reynolds, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Jason Giambi, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.250|
|Marco Scutaro, SS-2B||5||0||2||0||0||2||2||.286|
|Carlos Gonzalez, LF||4||0||2||0||1||1||1||.339|
|Michael Cuddyer, 1B||4||1||2||0||0||0||4||.260|
|Tyler Colvin, RF||4||1||1||2||0||0||1||.303|
|Jordan Pacheco, 3B||3||0||0||0||1||1||0||.297|
|Chris Nelson, 2B||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.266|
|Adam Ottavino, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Dexter Fowler, CF||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.288|
|Wilin Rosario, C||4||1||2||1||0||0||0||.251|
|Josh Outman, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.111|
|Tyler Chatwood, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|Jonathan Herrera, SS||2||0||1||0||0||1||0||.240|
|a-struck out for M. Reynolds in the 9th|
|HR - Tyler Colvin (9, Lohse), Wilin Rosario (14, Cleto)|
|SH - Eric Young Jr. (2)|
|RBI - Tyler Colvin 2 (32), Wilin Rosario (36)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|DP - Rosario-Pacheco|
|E - Marco Scutaro (8, Throwing)|
|Tyler Chatwood (L,1-1)||2.1||5||4||4||2||1||1||8.74|
|WP - Josh Outman 2 (4), Adam Ottavino 2 (3)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Josh Outman 70-34, Tyler Chatwood 64-32, Adam Ottavino 38-20, Matt Reynolds 27-17|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Outman 2-3, Tyler Chatwood 5-1, Adam Ottavino 2-2, Matt Reynolds 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Josh Outman 15, Tyler Chatwood 14, Adam Ottavino 8, Matt Reynolds 5|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Rafael Furcal, SS||4||1||0||1||1||0||3||.276|
|Jon Jay, CF||3||2||1||0||2||1||1||.321|
|Matt Holliday, LF||3||1||2||2||1||1||0||.311|
|Carlos Beltran, RF||2||1||0||2||2||0||0||.308|
|Allen Craig, 1B||4||2||2||3||1||1||3||.322|
|Yadier Molina, C||5||1||1||0||0||1||2||.309|
|David Freese, 3B||4||1||3||0||0||1||0||.286|
|Daniel Descalso, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||1||4||.223|
|Kyle Lohse, P||3||0||1||0||1||0||0||.121|
|Mitchell Boggs, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Maikel Cleto, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|2B - Jon Jay (4, Chatwood)|
|HR - Matt Holliday (13, Outman), Allen Craig 2 (13, Chatwood, M. Reynolds)|
|SF - Matt Holliday (4), Carlos Beltran (3)|
|RBI - Rafael Furcal (32), Matt Holliday 2 (51), Carlos Beltran 2 (63), Allen Craig 3 (43)|
|2-OUT RBI - Allen Craig (12)|
|SB - Jon Jay (7, 3rd base off Outman/Rosario)|
|CS - Carlos Beltran (4, 3rd base by Outman/Rosario)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|DP - Boggs-Molina-Craig|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Kyle Lohse (W,8-2)||7.1||9||2||2||2||5||1||2.80|
|Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Lohse 105-70, Mitchell Boggs 2-1, Maikel Cleto 21-13|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Lohse 9-8, Mitchell Boggs 1-0, Maikel Cleto 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Kyle Lohse 33, Mitchell Boggs 1, Maikel Cleto 5|
|Attendance - 39456|
|Game Time - 3:12|
|Temperature - 84|
|Umpires - Home - Paul Schrieber, First Base - Tim Welke, Second Base - Al Porter, Third Base - Mike Everitt|