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St. Louis (43-36) «0010301229120
Colorado (35-43)000501000692

Adams homers, helps Cards rally past slumping Rockies

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DENVER -- A strong start and an impressive finish helped the St. Louis Cardinals pull off a series victory over the Colorado Rockies.

Rookie left-hander Marco Gonzales had a strong start to his major-league career before stumbling in the fourth inning, but the Cardinals' bats helped him with a late rally.

Matt Adams homered and drove in two runs, Matt Holliday had three hits, and St. Louis came back to beat the Rockies 9-6 on Wednesday.

''A great win,'' Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. ''It was one of my favorite wins.''

Drew Stubbs homered, and Justin Morneau had two hits for the Rockies, who finished their homestand 1-5.

The game featured the major league debuts of both starting pitchers. Gonzales was sharp early before faltering. Colorado's Yohan Flande also started well before getting hit hard in his last inning.

Pat Neshek (2-0) pitched an inning in relief to earn the win. Trevor Rosenthal got four outs for his 23rd save in 26 chances.

The Cardinals scored twice in the eighth off Adam Ottavino (0-3) on RBI doubles by Daniel Descalso and Matt Carpenter to take a win away from Flande.

''I don't have any answers for today. I feel horrible that I gave it up,'' Ottavino said. ''I thought I made good pitches and they found holes.''

St. Louis added two more runs in the ninth on two of the club's four sacrifice flies.

The Cardinals then had to grind out a win in the bottom of the inning when Rosenthal walked two batters to bring the tying run to the plate. He struck out Troy Tulowitzki on a 100-mph fastball, the 11th pitch of the at-bat, before Morneau flied out to center to end it.

''Wow, that's just like two heavyweights standing in the middle of the ring just swinging at each other,'' Matheny said. ''That was impressive. That at-bat was pretty impressive on his side. Trevor stayed with it.''

Pitching near where he was an all-state player for Rocky Mountain High School in Fort Collins, Colorado, from 2007-10, Gonzales was unhittable the first time through the order.

At one point he threw 12 straight strikes, and 30 of his first 37 pitches were strikes. He had only one blemish, a one-out walk to DJ LeMahieu in the second.

''It was the best day of my life right there,'' Gonzales said. ''It was a blast. A lot of family that I haven't seen in a while, a lot of friends flying in from everywhere. I'm very grateful for it.''

The Cardinal-friendly crowd cheered throughout but gave him his loudest ovation when he struck out Tulowitzki on three changeups in the first inning.

''Obviously that caught everybody's attention,'' Matheny said. ''A couple of guys went up there hunting it after that. It's one of the better changeups we have in our organization, and he's able to locate it.''

Things unraveled for him in the fourth.

Stubbs hit the first pitch of the inning into the seats in left to tie it 1-1. After Tulowitzki fouled out, the next five batters reached base. Corey Dickerson had a two-run double and scored on LeMahieu's single, and Josh Rutledge came home on Flande's groundout that made it 5-1.

''Three innings strong and the fourth inning just couldn't locate offspeed stuff,'' Gonzales said. ''From there hitters eliminate it. When your fastball's elevated it doesn't help, either. It was really one bad inning, a couple of good swings.''

Flande is the fourth starting pitcher this month to make his major league debut for the Rockies. Injuries to the staff forced the call-ups but two of those pitchers - Eddie Butler and Christian Bergman -- are now injured.

Flande allowed just one run through the first four innings but the Cardinals rallied for three in the fifth. Mark Ellis scored on a sacrifice fly, and Adams followed Holliday's double with his third home run of the series to make it 5-4.

Flande was touched for four runs and six hits, and he struck out four in five innings.

''Flande was outstanding,'' Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. ''I thought he was very good. Gonzales was outstanding the first time through the lineup. We got a few off him, but he hung in, gave his team a chance to win.''

Gonzales also pitched five innings. He allowed five runs and seven hits, and struck out three. He doubled and scored the Cardinals' first run in the third inning.

''I have no idea how I hit that pitch,'' he said. ''It was a pretty good slider.''

Notes

The Cardinals designated SS Pete Kozma for assignment and moved RHP Joe Kelly (left hamstring strain) to the 60-day DL. ... The Rockies placed Bergman (fractured left wrist) on the 60-day DL. ... Butler (right rotator cuff inflammation) will be shut down for six days before he begins throwing again. ... St. Louis RHP Adam Wainwright (10-3, 2.08) will open a four-game series at the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday. Colorado LHP Christian Friedrich (0-1, 6.00) will pitch the first of the Rockies' four-game set at Milwaukee on Thursday.

 
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Matt Adams drives in two for St. Louis in a game that features major-league debuts of both starting pitchers. (Getty Images)
Matt Adams drives in two for St. Louis in a game that features major-league debuts of both starting pitchers. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

M. Adams
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Colorado

C. Dickerson
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
 
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Matt Carpenter, 3B3112101 .276
Matt Holliday, LF4131101 .273
Matt Adams, 1B5222003 .328
Jhonny Peralta, SS3111111 .244
Yadier Molina, C4001003 .284
Allen Craig, RF4011010 .259
Peter Bourjos, CF5010011 .212
Mark Ellis, 2B3210111 .202
Marco Gonzales, P11100001.000
   a-Jon Jay, PH1000002 .299
   Seth Maness, P0000000 .000
   Pat Neshek, P0000000 .000
   b-Daniel Descalso, PH1111000 .188
   Sam Freeman, P0000000 .000
   Trevor Rosenthal, P0000000 .000
Totals34912944  
a-grounded out for Gonzales in the 6th
b-doubled for Neshek in the 8th
Batting
2B - Matt Carpenter (18, Ottavino), Matt Holliday (21, Flande), Jhonny Peralta (21, Flande), Mark Ellis (4, Flande), Marco Gonzales (1, Flande), Daniel Descalso (4, Ottavino)
HR - Matt Adams (9, Flande)
SF - Matt Carpenter (4), Jhonny Peralta (2), Yadier Molina (4), Allen Craig (2)
SH - Marco Gonzales (1)
RBI - Matt Carpenter 2 (30), Matt Holliday (39), Matt Adams 2 (33), Jhonny Peralta (34), Yadier Molina (27), Allen Craig (40), Daniel Descalso (4)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Carpenter (16), Matt Adams 2 (10), Daniel Descalso (1)
SB - Matt Adams (2, 3rd base off Masset/Rosario), Peter Bourjos (5, 2nd base off Kahnle/Rosario)
Team LOB - 7
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Marco Gonzales 5755231 9.00
Seth Maness 1211010 2.91
Pat Neshek (W,2-0) 1000010 0.85
Sam Freeman (H,5) 0.2000010 1.80
Trevor Rosenthal (S,23) 1.1000220 3.13
Pitches-Strikes - Marco Gonzales 82-57, Seth Maness 15-11, Pat Neshek 9-7, Sam Freeman 8-7, Trevor Rosenthal 41-30
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Marco Gonzales 8-4, Seth Maness 2-0, Sam Freeman 1-0
Batters Faced - Marco Gonzales 24, Seth Maness 5, Pat Neshek 3, Sam Freeman 2, Trevor Rosenthal 6
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Charlie Blackmon, RF5011013 .306
Drew Stubbs, CF4111121 .291
Troy Tulowitzki, SS5010032 .351
Justin Morneau, 1B5120002 .305
Wilin Rosario, C4110002 .249
Corey Dickerson, LF4112012 .356
Josh Rutledge, 3B2210100 .286
   Charlie Culberson, 3B1000000 .189
DJ LeMahieu, 2B2011100 .266
Yohan Flande, P2001011 .000
   Tommy Kahnle, P0000000 .000
   a-Ryan Wheeler, PH1000001 .241
   Rex Brothers, P0000000 .000
   Adam Ottavino, P0000000 .000
   Nick Masset, P0000000 .000
   b-Brandon Barnes, PH0000100 .272
Totals3569648  
a-grounded out for Kahnle in the 6th
b-walked for Masset in the 9th
Batting
2B - Charlie Blackmon (15, Maness), Wilin Rosario (14, Gonzales), Corey Dickerson (12, Gonzales)
HR - Drew Stubbs (6, Gonzales)
SH - DJ LeMahieu (5)
RBI - Charlie Blackmon (46), Drew Stubbs (19), Corey Dickerson 2 (31), DJ LeMahieu (20), Yohan Flande (1)
2-OUT RBI - Charlie Blackmon (11)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Nick Masset (1, Throwing), Wilin Rosario (4, Throwing)
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Yohan Flande 5644141 7.20
Tommy Kahnle (H,4) 1100100 2.18
Rex Brothers (H,11) 1111100 4.54
Adam Ottavino (L,0-3; BS,2) 1322000 4.63
Nick Masset 1120100 3.43
Pitches-Strikes - Yohan Flande 96-62, Tommy Kahnle 15-8, Rex Brothers 17-11, Adam Ottavino 32-21, Nick Masset 24-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Yohan Flande 9-2, Tommy Kahnle 1-2, Rex Brothers 2-1, Adam Ottavino 1-2
Batters Faced - Yohan Flande 22, Tommy Kahnle 5, Rex Brothers 5, Adam Ottavino 6, Nick Masset 5
Game Information
Attendance - 34635
Game Time - 3:38
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Ted Barrett, First Base - Jim Reynolds, Second Base - Will Little, Third Base - Paul Schrieber