|St. Louis (87-63)||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||1||0||2||7||0|
|Colorado (69-82) «||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||4||x||6||12||0|
Helton started his final homestand with a key single in the eighth inning that helped the Rockies beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-2 on Monday night.
Charlie Blackmon had three hits and drove in three runs for the Rockies, who prevented the Cardinals from taking over sole possession of first place in the NL Central. They remained tied with the Pittsburgh Pirates, who lost 2-0 to San Diego.
"We are aware of where we are," St. Louis outfielder Matt Holliday said.
Helton was playing in front of Colorado fans for the first time since he announced his plans to retire at the end of the season, his 17th. He went public Saturday when the Rockies were in Arizona, and Monday afternoon the team held a formal press conference.
Helton talked about his future without baseball during the day, but he was all business during the game.
He received a standing ovation when he came to the plate in the first, and Cardinals starter Lance Lynn stood behind the mound and waited as the crowd saluted Helton.
The first baseman was given a loud ovation in each of his four plate appearances. His night started slow, but he had a big hit during the decisive rally.
Troy Tulowitzki led off with a walk against reliever Trevor Rosenthal (2-4), and one out later Helton singled to center to put runners at the corners. Wilin Rosario singled to give Colorado a 3-2 lead.
"Todd had a huge hit. That was a huge hit in that inning," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "I don't expect anything different. I think he's going to have a huge homestand."
Helton was caught in a rundown between third and home for the second out, but Blackmon doubled to right to score Josh Rutledge from first to make it 4-2.
"I had a pitch that could have been a double play and it turned out to be a flare into right field," Axford said.
The four-run eighth was a rare misstep by the Cardinals' bullpen.
"Overall our bullpen has been very, very good," manager Mike Matheny said. "They will bounce back."
Collin McHugh started for Colorado in place of lefty Jorge De La Rosa, who has a sore thumb on his pitching hand that forced him to miss his turn in the rotation. McHugh allowed one run and four hits, with the only damage coming on David Freese's RBI single in the fifth.
He left after throwing 75 pitches in five innings.
Lynn stuck around longer and got stronger as the game progressed. He scattered four hits through six innings and didn't let a runner past first after Tulowitzki's first-inning double before running into trouble in the seventh.
After Lynn retired Helton in a nine-pitch at-bat, Rosario singled and moved to third on Rutledge's bloop single to right.
Left-hander Kevin Siegrist relieved Lynn, and Blackmon lined an RBI single over the pulled-in infield to give the Rockies a 2-1 lead.
"He throws really hard so I was trying to catch up to a fastball," Blackmon said. "I knew that was going to be a tough at-bat, just trying to battle from the start and get a good swing on it."
The Rockies took a 1-0 lead in the first on Tulowitzki's RBI double.
Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez will see a hand specialist in Cleveland this week to see if he needs surgery on his injured right middle finger. "It looks like I'm going to," Gonzalez said. "I think that's what is best for my finger right now. I'm thinking about the future. I don't want to continue to deal with the same pain over and over. If that's what I have to do, I'm going to do it." ... Adams has consecutive multihit games. ... Rockies 3B Nolan Arenado left in the second inning after aggravating an injury to his right thumb. ... The Rockies made a donation to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund as the area recovers from devastating flooding. ... Carpenter extended his hitting streak to eight games.
|Rockies vet Todd Helton acknowledges the crowd as he begins his final homestand in Denver. (USATSI)|
|Players of the Game|
Nike Rockies Blake Street Bombers 2013 Local T-Shirt - Purple Shop Now!
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Matt Carpenter, 2B||4||0||2||1||0||1||0||.321|
|Jon Jay, CF||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.265|
|Matt Holliday, LF||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.285|
|Carlos Beltran, RF||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.299|
|Yadier Molina, C||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.317|
|Matt Adams, 1B||4||1||2||0||0||1||1||.272|
|David Freese, 3B||2||0||1||1||0||0||1||.262|
|Pete Kozma, PR-SS||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||.218|
|Daniel Descalso, SS-3B||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||.237|
|Lance Lynn, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.082|
|Kevin Siegrist, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Seth Maness, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.200|
|a-Kolten Wong, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.160|
|Trevor Rosenthal, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|John Axford, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Maness in the 8th|
|2B - Matt Carpenter (51, Bettis), Matt Adams (12, McHugh)|
|SH - Daniel Descalso (2)|
|RBI - Matt Carpenter (73), David Freese (56)|
|2-OUT RBI - Matt Carpenter (33)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Trevor Rosenthal (L,2-4)||0.2||3||4||4||1||1||0||2.70|
|Pitches-Strikes - Lance Lynn 97-65, Kevin Siegrist 15-8, Seth Maness 2-2, Trevor Rosenthal 23-14, John Axford 9-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Lance Lynn 7-7, Seth Maness 1-0, Trevor Rosenthal 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Lance Lynn 25, Kevin Siegrist 3, Seth Maness 1, Trevor Rosenthal 6, John Axford 3|
|Corey Dickerson, LF||2||1||0||0||2||0||0||.287|
|Carlos Gonzalez, LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.302|
|a-Dexter Fowler, PH-CF||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.263|
|DJ LeMahieu, 2B-3B||4||0||1||0||0||2||5||.286|
|Troy Tulowitzki, SS||3||1||1||1||1||2||1||.315|
|Michael Cuddyer, RF||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.329|
|Todd Helton, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.244|
|Wilin Rosario, C||4||1||2||1||0||0||0||.292|
|Tyler Chatwood, PR||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||.314|
|Yorvit Torrealba, C||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.228|
|Nolan Arenado, 3B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.268|
|Josh Rutledge, 2B||3||1||1||0||0||0||0||.230|
|Charlie Blackmon, CF-LF||4||1||3||2||0||0||0||.285|
|Collin McHugh, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|b-Charlie Culberson, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.254|
|Drew Pomeranz, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Matt Belisle, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c-Jordan Pacheco, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.237|
|Chad Bettis, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|d-Ryan Wheeler, PH||1||0||1||2||0||0||0||.182|
|Rex Brothers, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-singled for C. Gonzalez in the 8th|
|b-singled for McHugh in the 5th|
|c-struck out for Belisle in the 7th|
|d-singled for Bettis in the 8th|
|2B - Troy Tulowitzki (26, Lynn), Charlie Blackmon (13, Rosenthal)|
|SH - DJ LeMahieu (7)|
|RBI - Troy Tulowitzki (74), Wilin Rosario (79), Charlie Blackmon 2 (17), Ryan Wheeler 2 (5)|
|2-OUT RBI - Charlie Blackmon (7), Ryan Wheeler 2 (3)|
|CS - Charlie Culberson (1, 2nd base by Lynn/Molina)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Helton-Tulowitzki, Helton-Tulowitzki-LeMahieu-Rutledge-Helton|
|Chad Bettis (W,1-3; BS,1)||1||1||1||1||0||1||0||4.87|
|HBP - Freese (by Chad Bettis)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Collin McHugh 72-49, Drew Pomeranz 13-8, Matt Belisle 10-6, Chad Bettis 15-9, Rex Brothers 14-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Collin McHugh 4-8, Drew Pomeranz 1-0, Matt Belisle 2-1, Chad Bettis 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Collin McHugh 18, Drew Pomeranz 3, Matt Belisle 3, Chad Bettis 5, Rex Brothers 4|
|Attendance - 31117|
|Game Time - 2:51|
|Temperature - 72|
|Umpires - Home - Bill Miller, First Base - Lance Barksdale, Second Base - Kerwin Danley, Third Base - Victor Carapazza|