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St. Louis at Colorado

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Colorado (35-42) «30030022x10171

Morneau drives in six, Rockies end losing streak at seven

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DENVER -- The St. Louis Cardinals successfully pitched around Troy Tulowitzki. So there was Justin Morneau, waiting to make them regret it.

Morneau hit a three-run homer and drove in six runs as the Colorado Rockies beat the Cardinals 10-5 on Tuesday night to snap a seven-game losing streak.

"This was obviously a game we needed," said Morneau, who was batting cleanup.

Morneau is making a compelling case to be an All-Star selection, which would be all the more special because it's in Minnesota where he began his career. Morneau is hitting .304 with 13 home runs and providing valuable protection for Tulowitzki.

"If I don't get it done, he seems to get it done," Tulowitzki said. "He's been a nice addition to our ball club. Without a doubt, he's All-Star worthy."

Jorge De La Rosa (7-6) allowed five runs, four earned, in seven innings. He is the first Rockies starter to earn a win since June 12.

Nick Greenwood (1-1) pitched 1 2/3 innings in relief of starter Shelby Miller, who left in the third with back tightness but believes he will be back in time for his next start. Greenwood surrendered Morneau's home run on a hanging slider in the fourth.

Morneau had an RBI single in the first and a two-run single in the seventh that gave Colorado some breathing room.

"He's having a heck of a season," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said.

The Rockies finished with 17 hits one night after managing just three when they were shut out at home for the first time in nearly a year.

Jhonny Peralta hit a two-run homer for St. Louis and Matt Holliday had another productive day at Coors Field against his former team, going 2 for 5. He is hitting .545 in his last five games at this park.

De La Rosa finished strong, striking out Allen Craig to end the seventh with Holliday on first.

St. Louis had something brewing in the eighth with the bases loaded and two outs. But Adam Ottavino struck out pinch-hitter Jon Jay.

Pinch-hitter Drew Stubbs added an insurance run in the bottom half of the inning with a solo home run to left. Charlie Blackmon later added an RBI single.

LaTroy Hawkins finished the ninth in a non-save situation. Brandon Barnes made a diving catch deep in right to bring what was left of the crowd to its feet in appreciation.

"I thought he had no shot at that ball," Weiss said. "Great play by Brandon. He's not afraid to get dirty. He's not afraid to leave his feet."

The Cardinals scored two runs courtesy of crazy bounces. In the fourth, a hustling Peter Bourjos scored from second on Tony Cruz's high bouncer off the plate to second baseman DJ LeMahieu. An inning later, a slow roller possibly grazed Holliday's arm -- replays were inconclusive -- as he sprinted toward third, the ball taking a funny hop past Tulowitzki and rolling into left field.

Holliday easily ran home as Tulowitzki protested. Weiss came out to argue the ruling, but the play wasn't reviewed and the run stood to cut Colorado's lead to 6-5.

The Cardinals' rotation appeared to take another hit with Miller leaving the game. The right-hander arched his back in discomfort soon after delivering a pitch to De La Rosa.

Manager Mike Matheny and a trainer instantly trotted out to check on Miller, who took a few warm-up tosses before being taken out for Greenwood.

"I could still throw the baseball. It was just kind of a nagging little sting," explained Miller, who went 2 2-3 innings and surrendered three runs. "But nothing that we can't come back from.

"At the end of the day, I didn't really execute pitches at all. So, obviously, it was disappointing and frustrating."

St. Louis already is missing Michael Wacha (right shoulder stress reaction) and Jaime Garcia (left shoulder inflammation), who both went on the 15-day disabled list Sunday.

Notes

Cardinals LHP Marco Gonzales will make his major league debut Wednesday. Gonzales was a high school standout in nearby Fort Collins, and his dad, Frank Gonzales, is a pitching coach in the Rockies' minor league system. ... Rockies RHP Christian Bergman has a broken left hand and will not make his start Wednesday. The Rockies are expected to bring up LHP Yohan Flande from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

 
 
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Justin Morneau and Cardinals catcher Tony Cruz follow the arc of Morneau's three-run blast in the fourth inning.  (Getty Images)
Justin Morneau and Cardinals catcher Tony Cruz follow the arc of Morneau's three-run blast in the fourth inning. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Colorado

J. Morneau
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 6
St. Louis

J. Peralta
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Matt Carpenter, 3B4001000 .275
Matt Holliday, LF5120000 .266
Allen Craig, RF5021011 .259
Matt Adams, 1B4110012 .326
Jhonny Peralta, SS3112101 .243
Peter Bourjos, CF4120000 .212
Mark Ellis, 2B4020012 .198
Tony Cruz, C3101001 .244
   a-Yadier Molina, PH-C1010000 .288
Shelby Miller, P0000000 .185
   Nick Greenwood, P1000001 .000
   Seth Maness, P0000000 .000
   b-Shane Robinson, PH1000010 .143
   Sam Freeman, P0000000 .000
   c-Jon Jay, PH1000013 .301
   Jason Motte, P0000000 .000
   Randy Choate, P0000000 .000
Totals36511515  
a-singled for Cruz in the 8th
b-struck out for Maness in the 7th
c-struck out for Freeman in the 8th
Batting
2B - Matt Holliday (20, De La Rosa)
HR - Jhonny Peralta (11, De La Rosa)
SF - Matt Carpenter (3)
SH - Shelby Miller (3)
RBI - Matt Carpenter (28), Allen Craig (39), Jhonny Peralta 2 (33), Tony Cruz (8)
Team LOB - 7
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Shelby Miller 2.2633520 3.75
Nick Greenwood (L,1-1) 1.2533101 5.14
Seth Maness 1.2000020 2.73
Sam Freeman 1322000 1.88
Jason Motte 0.2322011 4.35
Randy Choate 0.1000000 5.48
IBB - LeMahieu by Shelby Miller
HBP - Blackmon (by Sam Freeman)
Pitches-Strikes - Shelby Miller 73-37, Nick Greenwood 31-18, Seth Maness 17-15, Sam Freeman 27-18, Jason Motte 25-17, Randy Choate 5-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Shelby Miller 4-1, Nick Greenwood 3-2, Seth Maness 3-0, Sam Freeman 2-1, Jason Motte 1-0, Randy Choate 1-0
Batters Faced - Shelby Miller 18, Nick Greenwood 11, Seth Maness 5, Sam Freeman 7, Jason Motte 5, Randy Choate 1
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Charlie Blackmon, CF5231003 .307
Corey Dickerson, LF4220202 .359
Troy Tulowitzki, SS3210214 .354
Justin Morneau, 1B5236003 .304
Wilin Rosario, C5020002 .249
Ryan Wheeler, 3B4022011 .250
   Rex Brothers, P0000000 .000
   Adam Ottavino, P0000000 .000
   a-Drew Stubbs, PH1111000 .292
   LaTroy Hawkins, P0000000 .000
Brandon Barnes, RF5000034 .272
DJ LeMahieu, 2B4130102 .264
Jorge De La Rosa, P2000102 .120
   b-Charlie Culberson, PH-3B2000001 .190
Totals4010171065  
a-homered for Ottavino in the 8th
b-hit into fielder's choice for De La Rosa in the 7th
Batting
2B - Wilin Rosario (13, Miller), DJ LeMahieu (8, Freeman)
HR - Justin Morneau (13, Greenwood), Drew Stubbs (5, Motte)
RBI - Charlie Blackmon (45), Justin Morneau 6 (57), Ryan Wheeler 2 (8), Drew Stubbs (18)
2-OUT RBI - Charlie Blackmon (10), Justin Morneau 2 (21)
SB - Charlie Blackmon (15, 2nd base off Greenwood/Cruz), DJ LeMahieu (7, 2nd base off Motte/Molina)
CS - Corey Dickerson (3, 2nd base by Miller/Cruz)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
DP - Tulowitzki-LeMahieu-Morneau
E - Jorge De La Rosa (2, Throwing)
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jorge De La Rosa (W,7-6) 7954031 4.78
Rex Brothers (H,10) 0.2100110 4.41
Adam Ottavino (H,12) 0.1100010 4.24
LaTroy Hawkins 1000000 2.67
Pitches-Strikes - Jorge De La Rosa 102-65, Rex Brothers 17-10, Adam Ottavino 7-4, LaTroy Hawkins 7-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jorge De La Rosa 12-6, LaTroy Hawkins 1-2
Batters Faced - Jorge De La Rosa 30, Rex Brothers 4, Adam Ottavino 2, LaTroy Hawkins 3
Game Information
Attendance - 34554
Game Time - 3:55
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Paul Schrieber, First Base - Ted Barrett, Second Base - Jim Reynolds, Third Base - Will Little