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Rockies deny Cards from taking over first in NL Central

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DENVER -- Todd Helton began his farewell tour in familiar style -- by getting a big hit for the Colorado Rockies.

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.

Matt Carpenter and Matt Adams had two hits each for the Cardinals.

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.

Pinch-hitter Ryan Wheeler's two-run single off John Axford gave the Rockies a 6-2 cushion.

"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 Cardinals tied it in the eighth on Carpenter's RBI double off Chad Bettis (1-3) that scored pinch-runner Pete Kozma from second.

The Rockies took a 1-0 lead in the first on Tulowitzki's RBI double.

Notes

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.

 
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Rockies vet Todd Helton acknowledges the crowd as he begins his final homestand in Denver. (USATSI)
Rockies vet Todd Helton acknowledges the crowd as he begins his final homestand in Denver. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Colorado

C. Blackmon
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
St. Louis

M. Carpenter
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Matt Carpenter, 2B4021010 .321
Jon Jay, CF4010002 .265
Matt Holliday, LF4000012 .285
Carlos Beltran, RF4000021 .299
Yadier Molina, C4010000 .317
Matt Adams, 1B4120011 .272
David Freese, 3B2011001 .262
   Pete Kozma, PR-SS0100000 .218
Daniel Descalso, SS-3B2000002 .237
Lance Lynn, P2000010 .082
   Kevin Siegrist, P0000000 .000
   Seth Maness, P0000000 .200
   a-Kolten Wong, PH1000011 .160
   Trevor Rosenthal, P0000000 .000
   John Axford, P0000000 .000
Totals3127207  
a-struck out for Maness in the 8th
Batting
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
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Lance Lynn 6.1622140 4.18
Kevin Siegrist 0.1100110 0.52
Seth Maness 0.1000000 2.34
Trevor Rosenthal (L,2-4) 0.2344110 2.70
John Axford 0.1200010 4.30
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
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Corey Dickerson, LF2100200 .287
   Carlos Gonzalez, LF0000000 .302
   a-Dexter Fowler, PH-CF1010000 .263
DJ LeMahieu, 2B-3B4010025 .286
Troy Tulowitzki, SS3111121 .315
Michael Cuddyer, RF4000013 .329
Todd Helton, 1B4010011 .244
Wilin Rosario, C4121000 .292
   Tyler Chatwood, PR0100000 .314
   Yorvit Torrealba, C0000000 .228
Nolan Arenado, 3B1000000 .268
   Josh Rutledge, 2B3110000 .230
Charlie Blackmon, CF-LF4132000 .285
Collin McHugh, P1000001 .000
   b-Charlie Culberson, PH1010000 .254
   Drew Pomeranz, P0000000 .000
   Matt Belisle, P0000000 .000
   c-Jordan Pacheco, PH1000012 .237
   Chad Bettis, P0000000 .000
   d-Ryan Wheeler, PH1012000 .182
   Rex Brothers, P0000000 .000
Totals34612637  
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
Batting
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
Fielding
DP - Helton-Tulowitzki, Helton-Tulowitzki-LeMahieu-Rutledge-Helton
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Collin McHugh 5411020 7.94
Drew Pomeranz 1100010 7.64
Matt Belisle 1000000 4.57
Chad Bettis (W,1-3; BS,1) 1111010 4.87
Rex Brothers 1100030 1.74
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
Game Information
Attendance - 31117
Game Time - 2:51
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Bill Miller, First Base - Lance Barksdale, Second Base - Kerwin Danley, Third Base - Victor Carapazza