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St. Louis at Colorado

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Rockies 8, Cardinals 2

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DENVER -- Josh Rutledge isn't quite sure what to make of his eye-catching home run streak.

The rookie hit a home run in his fourth consecutive game and Tyler Colvin hit a tiebreaking double as part of a three-run seventh inning that lifted the Colorado Rockies past the St. Louis Cardinals 8-2 on Thursday night to avert a three-game sweep.

"I can't think of any time where I've hit a home run in four straight games before," Rutledge said. "That's a first.

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"I'm just getting some good pitches to hit, and trying not to overswing and just let my hands work. It's getting some extra carry on the ball."

Wilin Rosario hit his first pinch-hit home run, a two-run shot off reliever Brian Fuentes in the eighth, and Jordan Pacheco went 3 for 3 with two doubles and two RBI to help the Rockies snap a five-game losing streak. It was their first victory in their past eight games at Coors Field.

With the score deadlocked at 2, DJ LeMahieu singled off reliever Fernando Salas (1-4) to start the seventh inning and was sacrificed to second. Colvin then doubled to left to put the Rockies back on top.

Rutledge followed with his fifth home run since his July 13 call-up, driving a 2-2 pitch into the left-field bleachers.

"He has stunning power for the type of player he is," Colorado manager Jim Tracy said.

Rutledge became the first rookie in Rockies history to hit a home run in four consecutive games.

"The kid has been hot. I'm sure it wasn't where Salas wanted it," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said.

Ramon Hernandez added a run-scoring double in the eighth and, one out later, Rosario connected on an 0-2 pitch from Fuentes for his 17th home run.

Rutledge said a solid start by Alex White, who held the Cardinals to two runs in 5 1/3 innings, set the stage for the Rockies.

"It was huge," Rutledge said. "We all know how close we are to being a great team, and having Whitey go out there and give us the start that he did gives us so much confidence. We knew from the beginning, the way he was throwing, that we had a good shot of winning the game."

With St. Louis trailing 1-0, White started the sixth by striking out his counterpart, Lance Lynn, to retire his 10th consecutive Cardinals batter. Skip Schumaker then singled and scored when Jon Jay followed with a double to the left-center gap.

Matt Holliday was intentionally walked and Carlos Beltran hit a run-scoring double to put the Cardinals in front. David Freese was hit by a pitch, loading the bases and finishing White. Rex Brothers (6-2) relieved and got Lance Berkman to ground into an inning-ending double play.

Berkman tweaked his right knee running out a grounder in the ninth.

"I had problems with it before," Berkman said. "Had a surgery on it before. I have been scanned, zapped, more than most players probably. I'll have the doc take a look at it and see what he thinks. Life of a ballplayer. Some days it feels OK. Some days it doesn't."

The Rockies tied it at 2 in the bottom half on a sacrifice fly by Pacheco, his second RBI of the night. He singled in the fourth to drive in Carlos Gonzalez, who was aboard with a double.

White, recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs before the game, allowed five hits. He struck out three and walked one.

Lynn went six innings and gave up two runs on seven hits. He struck out four and walked four.

Notes

The Cardinals were foiled in their bid for their first series sweep at Colorado since 2004. ... Cardinals C Yadier Molina sat out with a sprained right thumb sustained on a slide at first base the night before. He'll have X-rays when the team returns to St. Louis to begin a seven-game homestand against Milwaukee (three games) and San Francisco (four). ... Cardinals INF Rafael Furcal missed his fifth consecutive game with back stiffness, but manager Mike Matheny said Furcal was improving and could be back in the lineup soon. ... Rockies RHP Jhoulys Chacin, who hasn't taken the mound since May 1 because of a nerve issue in the right side of his chest, was scheduled to take another step in his rehab by pitching for Double-A Tulsa. ... Colorado OF Michael Cuddyer, bothered by a sore right oblique muscle, played catch and will be re-evaluated by the team's training staff Friday. ... Pacheco had his fifth three-hit game of the season.

 
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Players of the Game
St. Louis

J. Jay
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Colorado

J. Pacheco
AB 3
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
 
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Skip Schumaker, 2B4110002 .321
Jon Jay, CF4121001 .287
Matt Holliday, LF3000111 .322
Carlos Beltran, RF4011011 .285
David Freese, 3B3000010 .313
Lance Berkman, 1B4000001 .267
Daniel Descalso, SS4000020 .235
Tony Cruz, C3010000 .218
Lance Lynn, P1000010 .083
   a- Allen Craig, PH1000001 .295
    Fernando Salas, P0000000 .000
    Barret Browning, P0000000 .000
    Brian Fuentes, P0000000 .000
Totals3125216  
a-flied out for Lynn in the 7th
Batting
2B - Carlos Beltran (16, White), Tony Cruz (6, White)
3B - Jon Jay (2, White)
SH - Lance Lynn (7)
RBI - Jon Jay (19), Carlos Beltran (76)
SB - Jon Jay (11, 2nd base off White/Hernandez)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Carlos Beltran 1
DP - Descalso-Schumaker-Berkman, Cruz-Schumaker
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Lance Lynn 6722440 3.40
Fernando Salas (L,1-4) 0.1333001 4.89
Barret Browning 1222000 4.09
Brian Fuentes 0.2111001 6.43
Pitches-Strikes - Lance Lynn 103-59, Fernando Salas 14-9, Barret Browning 13-11, Brian Fuentes 8-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Lance Lynn 4-6, Fernando Salas 1-0, Barret Browning 2-1
Batters Faced - Lance Lynn 25, Fernando Salas 4, Barret Browning 5, Brian Fuentes 3
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Tyler Colvin, RF5121001 .284
Josh Rutledge, SS4112002 .375
Dexter Fowler, CF3110101 .294
Carlos Gonzalez, LF4120001 .326
Jordan Pacheco, 3B3132000 .307
Todd Helton, 1B1000301 .237
Ramon Hernandez, C4111014 .214
DJ LeMahieu, 2B4110022 .234
Alex White, P2010010 .111
    Rex Brothers, P0000000 .000
   a- Eric Young Jr., PH0000000 .263
    Matt Belisle, P0000000 .000
   b- Wilin Rosario, PH1112000 .243
    Rafael Betancourt, P0000000 .000
Totals31813844  
a-hit a sacrifice bunt for Brothers in the 7th
b-homered for Belisle in the 8th
Batting
2B - Tyler Colvin 2 (14, Lynn, Salas), Carlos Gonzalez (24, Lynn), Jordan Pacheco 2 (17, Lynn, Browning), Ramon Hernandez (7, Browning)
HR - Josh Rutledge (5, Salas), Wilin Rosario (17, Fuentes)
SF - Jordan Pacheco (3)
SH - Eric Young Jr. (3)
RBI - Tyler Colvin (43), Josh Rutledge 2 (14), Jordan Pacheco 2 (24), Ramon Hernandez (21), Wilin Rosario 2 (42)
2-OUT RBI - Wilin Rosario 2 (19)
CS - Carlos Gonzalez (3, 2nd base by Lynn/Cruz), Todd Helton (1, 2nd base by Lynn/Cruz)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Rutledge-Helton
E - Josh Rutledge (3, Throwing)
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Alex White 5.1522130 6.16
Rex Brothers (W,6-2) 1.2000010 4.14
Matt Belisle (H,14) 1000010 2.47
Rafael Betancourt 1000010 2.84
IBB - Holliday by Alex White
HBP - Freese (by Alex White)
WP - Rex Brothers (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Alex White 84-50, Rex Brothers 16-10, Matt Belisle 9-6, Rafael Betancourt 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Alex White 12-1, Rex Brothers 3-1, Matt Belisle 1-1, Rafael Betancourt 2-0
Batters Faced - Alex White 23, Rex Brothers 5, Matt Belisle 3, Rafael Betancourt 3
Game Information
Attendance - 29659
Game Time - 2:47
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - Doug Eddings, First Base - Lance Barrett, Second Base - Paul Nauert, Third Base - Dana DeMuth