Fowler's homer caps comeback, Cardinals beat Rockies 6-5

ST. LOUIS (AP) Yadier Molina knew Dexter Fowler would come up big, even before Fowler did.

Marcell Ozuna, Paul DeJong and Fowler each hit two-run homers, and the St. Louis Cardinals came back to beat the Colorado Rockies 6-5 on Thursday night.

Fowler's 15th home run of the season, off of a 97 mph fastball from Yency Almonte (0-1) in the seventh, capped the rally. Molina had his hands in the air as the pitch left Almonte's hand.

''I got a good feeling the way he was the previous at-bat,'' Molina said. ''He was taking good swings, and I knew it for some reason.''

Fowler made solid contact his previous two at-bats, sending a pair of drives to the center field wall that were caught. After the second fly out, Paul Goldschmidt gave some advice to his teammate.

''Goldy said, `Hey, try to pull the ball,' so that's what I did,'' Fowler said.

Matt Carpenter set it up by working a walk in an eight-pitch, pinch-hitting appearance to lead off the frame.

''He came off the bench with the right kind of mindset, took a really, really good, tough, quality at-bat, worked a deep count and then made the guy make pitches and worked a walk and brought the go-ahead run to the plate which we were rewarded for,'' manager Mike Shildt said.

Fowler leads the Cardinals with 15 RBIs in August. He is batting .320 (8 for 25) in his last seven games with two homers and 12 RBI.

''The situation's there,'' Fowler said of his recent surge, which has coincided with his being moved to the leadoff spot. ''The guys have been getting on base and I've just been in the right situation at the right times.''

Dominic Leone (1-0), who was recalled from Triple-A Memphis before the game, got the win. Giovanny Gallegos and Andrew Miller pitched a scoreless eighth and Carlos Martinez picked up his 15th save in 18 opportunities.

It was the third straight start in which Cardinals starter Miles Mikolas gave up five earned runs. The Rockies put runners on the bases in five of his six innings, but St. Louis managed to win for the fourth time in its last five games.

''It was a nice win, a resilient win,'' Shildt said.

Ozuna's blast into the upper deck in left field in the fourth came after Goldschmidt singled, tying the game 2-2. Ozuna has hit safely in 13 of his last 16 games.

DeJong drilled German Marquez's curve into the left-center bleachers in the sixth to cut it to 5-4. DeJong's two-run homer extended his RBI streak to four games, one shy of his career high.

''We trust in each other,'' Molina said. ''We know that we can come back in any situation. We've proved that in the past and we proved it tonight.''

Marquez allowed four runs in six innings, on six hits, a pair of walks and four strikeouts as the Rockies lost for the third time in their last four tries.

''It makes it awful tough to pitch when you're behind in the count consistently,'' Rockies manager Bud Black said. ''That hurt us tonight. German walked a guy followed by a homer. Yency walked a guy followed by a homer. That's tough.''

Nolan Arenado's broke a 2-2 tie with a three-run homer in the fifth. Marquez and Charlie Blackmon, who extended his hitting streak to seven games, hit safely ahead of him.

Ryan McMahon singled home a run and Tony Wolters drove in another with a sacrifice fly to give the Rockies a 2-0 lead in the second.

MOTHER NATURE AGAIN

One night after losing 5-3 to the Brewers in a game called after 7 1/2 innings due to rain, the first rain-shortened game in Busch Stadium III history, the Cardinals once again dealt with the elements as the start of the game was delayed 52 minutes by rain.

TRAINING ROOM

Rockies: LHP Kyle Freeland (left groin strain) was placed on the 10-day IL retroactive to Aug. 21 and RHP Wes Parsons was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque. RHP Jon Gray (left foot fracture) elected to have surgery. He was placed on the 60-day IL on Wednesday retroactive to Aug. 17.

Cardinals: RHP Junior Fernandez was optioned to Memphis following Wednesday night's game after throwing two scoreless innings.

UP NEXT

The Rockies will send RHP Peter Lambert (2-3, 6.55 ERA) to the mound in the second game of the four-game series against the Cardinals and RHP Jack Flaherty (7-6, 3.46 ERA). Lambert will be making his first-ever start against St. Louis. Flaherty has won his last three starts and has only allowed one run in his last 28 innings.

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  • W: D. Leone (1-0)L: Y. Almonte (0-1)S: C. Martinez (15)
  • HR: COL - N. Arenado (32), STL - D. Fowler (15), M. Ozuna (23), P. DeJong (23)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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  • a-flied out for Marquez in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Johnson in the 9th
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K. Wong 2B40100010.274.358.400.7580.5
P. Goldschmidt 1B41200000.258.333.467.8003.0
M. Ozuna LF32121112.262.339.507.8468.5
P. DeJong SS41121012.247.326.460.7856.5
Y. Molina C20000201.253.285.352.6372.0
T. Edman 3B40200011.270.303.423.7262.5
H. Bader CF30000112.194.319.344.6620.5
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C. Martinez P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-walked for Leone in the 7th
  • b-grounded into a double play for Miller in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - G. Marquez (4)
  • HR - N. Arenado (32)
  • SF - T. Wolters (6)
  • RBI - N. Arenado 3 (99), R. McMahon (65), T. Wolters (33)
  • 2-Out RBI - N. Arenado 3 (35)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Blackmon 2 (2), I. Desmond, T. Wolters, G. Marquez
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Edman (8)
  • HR - D. Fowler (15), M. Ozuna (23), P. DeJong (23)
  • RBI - D. Fowler 2 (52), M. Ozuna 2 (69), P. DeJong 2 (59)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - P. DeJong 2 (2), H. Bader 2 (2)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - R. Tapia (4)
  • DP - 2 (Arenado-McMahon-Murphy; Story-McMahon-Murphy)
  • E - T. Story (8)
FIELDING
  • DP - (DeJong-Wong)
  • E - H. Bader (2), K. Wong (8)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
G. Marquez6.06442424.761.208.0
Y. Almonte (L, 0-1) (BS, 1)1.01221214.741.37-5.0
D. Johnson1.01002107.902.200.5
PITCHERSIP
G. Marquez6.0
Y. Almonte (L, 0-1) (BS, 1)1.0
D. Johnson1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Mikolas6.08550314.431.256.5
D. Leone (W, 1-0)1.00000006.901.4710.0
G. Gallegos (H, 13)0.10000001.990.750.0
A. Miller (H, 21)0.20000103.531.250.5
C. Martinez (S, 15)1.00002203.741.349.0
PITCHERSIP
M. Mikolas6.0
D. Leone (W, 1-0)1.0
G. Gallegos (H, 13)0.1
A. Miller (H, 21)0.2
C. Martinez (S, 15)1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - G. Marquez 94-60, Y. Almonte 22-14, D. Johnson 26-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Marquez 6-8, Y. Almonte 1-0, D. Johnson 1-0
  • Batters Faced - G. Marquez 26, Y. Almonte 5, D. Johnson 5
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Mikolas 92-68, D. Leone 5-5, G. Gallegos 3-2, A. Miller 7-7, C. Martinez 22-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Mikolas 8-7, D. Leone 2-1, A. Miller 1-0, C. Martinez 1-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Mikolas 26, D. Leone 3, G. Gallegos, A. Miller 2, C. Martinez 5
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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T. Story SS40000003.293.360.565.9250.0
N. Arenado 3B41131001.301.360.561.9218.0
D. Murphy 1B41200000.289.336.469.8053.0
R. Tapia CF41100011.290.326.442.7681.5
R. McMahon 2B40210021.269.348.465.8132.0
I. Desmond LF30000124.257.316.464.7800.0
T. Wolters C20010101.279.343.354.6972.0
G. Marquez P21100001.229.229.354.5833.0
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  • a-flied out for Marquez in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Johnson in the 9th
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D. Fowler RF41121010.251.348.433.7816.5
K. Wong 2B40100010.274.358.400.7580.5
P. Goldschmidt 1B41200000.258.333.467.8003.0
M. Ozuna LF32121112.262.339.507.8468.5
P. DeJong SS41121012.247.326.460.7856.5
Y. Molina C20000201.253.285.352.6372.0
T. Edman 3B40200011.270.303.423.7262.5
H. Bader CF30000112.194.319.344.6620.5
M. Mikolas P20000010.149.149.170.319-0.5
D. Leone P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- M. Carpenter PH01000100.212.323.363.6852.0
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A. Miller P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-walked for Leone in the 7th
  • b-grounded into a double play for Miller in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - G. Marquez (4)
  • HR - N. Arenado (32)
  • SF - T. Wolters (6)
  • RBI - N. Arenado 3 (99), R. McMahon (65), T. Wolters (33)
  • 2-Out RBI - N. Arenado 3 (35)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Blackmon 2 (2), I. Desmond, T. Wolters, G. Marquez
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Edman (8)
  • HR - D. Fowler (15), M. Ozuna (23), P. DeJong (23)
  • RBI - D. Fowler 2 (52), M. Ozuna 2 (69), P. DeJong 2 (59)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - P. DeJong 2 (2), H. Bader 2 (2)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - R. Tapia (4)
  • DP - 2 (Arenado-McMahon-Murphy; Story-McMahon-Murphy)
  • E - T. Story (8)
FIELDING
  • DP - (DeJong-Wong)
  • E - H. Bader (2), K. Wong (8)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
G. Marquez6.06442424.761.208.0
Y. Almonte (L, 0-1) (BS, 1)1.01221214.741.37-5.0
D. Johnson1.01002107.902.200.5
Total8.0866573---
PITCHERSIP
G. Marquez6.0
Y. Almonte (L, 0-1) (BS, 1)1.0
D. Johnson1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Mikolas6.08550314.431.256.5
D. Leone (W, 1-0)1.00000006.901.4710.0
G. Gallegos (H, 13)0.10000001.990.750.0
A. Miller (H, 21)0.20000103.531.250.5
C. Martinez (S, 15)1.00002203.741.349.0
Total9.0855261---
PITCHERSIP
M. Mikolas6.0
D. Leone (W, 1-0)1.0
G. Gallegos (H, 13)0.1
A. Miller (H, 21)0.2
C. Martinez (S, 15)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - G. Marquez 94-60, Y. Almonte 22-14, D. Johnson 26-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Marquez 6-8, Y. Almonte 1-0, D. Johnson 1-0
  • Batters Faced - G. Marquez 26, Y. Almonte 5, D. Johnson 5
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Mikolas 92-68, D. Leone 5-5, G. Gallegos 3-2, A. Miller 7-7, C. Martinez 22-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Mikolas 8-7, D. Leone 2-1, A. Miller 1-0, C. Martinez 1-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Mikolas 26, D. Leone 3, G. Gallegos, A. Miller 2, C. Martinez 5
  • 7TH INNING
    Fowler homered to right center, Carpenter scored56
  • 6TH INNING
    DeJong homered to center, Ozuna scored54
  • 5TH INNING
    Arenado homered to left center, Marquez and Blackmon scored52
  • 4TH INNING
    Ozuna homered to left, Goldschmidt scored22
  • 2ND INNING
    Wolters hit sacrifice fly to center, Tapia scored20
    McMahon singled to center, Murphy scored, Tapia to third, McMahon to second on center fielder Bader throwing error10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Carlos Martinez pitching
    • R. McMahon: Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, McMahon struck out swinging
    • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Desmond walked
    • T. Wolters: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Wolters walked, Desmond to second
    • Yonder Alonso hit for D.J. Johnson
    • Y. Alonso: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
    • C. Blackmon: Blackmon grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Giovanny Gallegos pitching
    • N. Arenado: Strike swinging, Ball, Arenado flied out to center
    • Andrew Miller relieved Giovanny Gallegos
    • D. Murphy: Strike looking, Murphy grounded out to second
    • R. Tapia: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Tapia struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • D.J. Johnson relieved Yency Almonte
    • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, DeJong struck out looking
    • Y. Molina: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Molina walked
    • T. Edman: Ball, Ball, Edman doubled to deep right, Molina to third
    • H. Bader: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bader walked
    • Lane Thomas hit for Andrew Miller
    • L. Thomas: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Thomas grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Bader out at second
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Dominic Leone relieved Miles Mikolas
    • Yonathan Daza hit for German Marquez
    • Y. Daza: Daza flied out to center
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Blackmon grounded out to second
    • T. Story: Foul, Story grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Yency Almonte pitching
    • Matt Carpenter hit for Dominic Leone
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Carpenter walked
    • D. Fowler: Ball, Ball, Fowler homered to right center, Carpenter scored
    • K. Wong: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Wong struck out swinging
    • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Foul, Goldschmidt grounded out to catcher
    • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Ozuna struck out looking
    • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • R. Tapia: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Tapia flied out to left
    • R. McMahon: McMahon singled to right
    • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Desmond struck out swinging
    • T. Wolters: Wolters flied out to center
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • G. Marquez Pitching:
    • P. Goldschmidt: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Goldschmidt lined out to second
    • M. Ozuna: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ozuna walked
    • P. DeJong: Strike looking, DeJong homered to center, Ozuna scored
    • Y. Molina: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Molina walked
    • T. Edman: Ball, Edman lined out to left
    • H. Bader: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Bader popped out to shortstop
    • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • T. Wolters: Ball, Strike looking, Wolters grounded out to first
    • G. Marquez: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Marquez doubled to deep right
    • C. Blackmon: Foul, Blackmon singled to left, Marquez to third
    • T. Story: Foul, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Story popped out to second
    • N. Arenado: Arenado homered to left center, Marquez and Blackmon scored
    • D. Murphy: Ball, Foul, Murphy grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 5th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • G. Marquez Pitching:
    • M. Mikolas: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Mikolas struck out swinging
    • D. Fowler: Ball, Fowler flied out to deep center
    • K. Wong: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Wong grounded out to second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • D. Murphy: Foul, Murphy singled to left
    • R. Tapia: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Tapia reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Murphy out at second
    • R. McMahon: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, McMahon struck out swinging
    • I. Desmond: Desmond reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Tapia out at second
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • G. Marquez Pitching:
    • P. Goldschmidt: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Goldschmidt singled to left
    • M. Ozuna: Strike swinging, Ball, Ozuna homered to left, Goldschmidt scored
    • P. DeJong: Strike looking, DeJong safe at first on shortstop Story fielding error
    • Y. Molina: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Molina grounded into double play third to second to first, DeJong out at second
    • T. Edman: Strike looking, Edman singled to left
    • H. Bader: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Bader grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 3RD INNING
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Blackmon safe at first on 2nd baseman Wong throwing error, Blackmon to second
    • T. Story: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Story grounded out to third
    • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Arenado lined into double play shortstop to second, Blackmon out at second
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
    • G. Marquez Pitching:
    • M. Mikolas: Mikolas grounded out to shortstop
    • D. Fowler: Ball, Fowler flied out to deep center
    • K. Wong: Strike looking, Foul, Wong lined out to left
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • D. Murphy: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Murphy singled to left
    • R. Tapia: Strike looking, Tapia singled to right, Murphy to second
    • R. McMahon: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, McMahon singled to center, Murphy scored, Tapia to third, McMahon to second on center fielder Bader throwing error
    • I. Desmond: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Desmond struck out swinging
    • T. Wolters: Ball, Strike looking, Wolters hit sacrifice fly to center, Tapia scored
    • G. Marquez: Foul, Marquez grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 2nd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
    • G. Marquez Pitching:
    • Y. Molina: Ball, Foul, Molina flied out to center
    • T. Edman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Edman struck out swinging
    • H. Bader: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Bader struck out looking
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Blackmon flied out to center
    • T. Story: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Story lined out to center
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Arenado grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • G. Marquez Pitching:
    • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Fowler struck out looking
    • K. Wong: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Wong singled to center
    • P. Goldschmidt: Goldschmidt singled to left, Wong to second
    • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ozuna reached on fielder's choice to center, Wong to third, Goldschmidt out at second
    • P. DeJong: Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Ball, DeJong flied out to deep right
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)