Grichuk, Leake lead Cardinals to an 8-2 win over Rockies

ST. LOUIS (AP) Randal Grichuk is riding his longest home run streak in the majors.

Grichuk hit a two-run homer, Mike Leake pitched seven scoreless innings and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Colorado Rockies 8-2 on Monday night.

Leake's six-strikeout performance was his best since giving up one run over eight innings against Washington on June 30. It was the first win for Leake (7-8) against the Rockies since Aug. 10, 2011.

''That was the goal, attack their weaknesses,'' Leake said. ''Fortunately, today I was able to consistently hit my spots.''

Kevin Siegrist pitched the Cardinals out of a two-on, one-out jam in the eighth by getting Gerardo Parra to strike out and Mark Reynolds to fly out. Tyler Lyons struck out the side in the ninth.

The Cardinals improved to 20-5 against the Rockies at home since the 2010 season. Colorado fell to 3-14 in its last 17 road games.

Grichuk's two-run homer off Rockies starter Antonio Senzatela (10-4) gave the Cardinals a 4-0 lead in the fourth, extending his home run streak to a career-high four games. He is the 11th player in the major leagues to have such a streak this season.

''It's going to be a challenge for him every single day to lay off the high fast balls and the breaking balls low in the zone and once he gets a better handle on that, which I think he's going to continue to improve on, he's going to cause damage when he finds the ball,'' Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said.

Grichuk's home run binge came as soon as he was activated from the disabled list Friday. The DL stint followed an option down to Triple-A earlier this season, his second such option in as many seasons.

Matheny said Grichuk has taken each setback in stride.

''A lot of it is the mindset and he goes down with a plan to fix things and then stay the course,'' Matheny said. ''We've all been rewarded when he gets it right.''

Jose Martinez and Tommy Pham each hit solo home runs in the seventh off Chris Rusin to make it 6-0. It was Martinez's second pinch-hit homer of the season and fourth total for St. Louis.

Dexter Fowler and Pham led off the bottom of the first with walks and both scored to give the Cardinals a 2-0 lead. Senzatela, who didn't walk a batter will pitching a career-high eight innings against St. Louis on April 26, needed 39 pitches and Nolan Arenado's diving catch that saved at least another run to get out of the first inning.

Senzatela lasted just four innings, matching his season low in a start. It was the second straight start in which he gave up four runs.

''From the start of the game I didn't have my fastball command,'' Senzatela said. ''It was a real struggle for me.''

Jairo Diaz gave up two runs while walking a career-high three in one inning of relief.

Pat Valaika's third career pinch-hit home run in the eighth was the Rockies' offense, as Zach Duke failed to record an out in relief of Leake.

Rockies manager Bud Black said Leake pitched well.

''He was moving the ball around and the guy's in the top ten in ERA for a reason,'' Black said. ''He's a good pitcher. He kept the ball off the barrel.''

COACH ILL

Rockies pitching coach Steve Foster left Busch Stadium after feeling chest pains and went to a local hospital for precautionary reasons. He is expected to return Tuesday.

ARENADO HONORED

Arenado was named the National League Player of the Week for the period ending July 23. He hit .458 with four home runs, 13 RBIs and nine runs scored to claim his fourth player of the week award.

TRAINING ROOM

Rockies: RHP Tyler Chatwood (right calf strain) threw a simulated game Monday.

Cardinals: INF Matt Carpenter (quad) should start Tuesday after leaving Sunday night's game at Chicago. C Eric Fryer was given his outright release after he elected free agency rather than a minor league assignment.

UP NEXT

Rockies: RHP Jon Gray (3-1, 6.19 ERA) allowed a career-high nine earned runs over 3 1/3 innings in his lone career start against St. Louis on May 19, 2016. He is 3-1 with a 7.32 ERA over his past four starts.

Cardinals: RHP Lance Lynn (8-6, 3.30 ERA) has held opponents to two runs or less in 14 starts this season. He is 2-2 with a 2.97 ERA in six career starts against Colorado.

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  • W: M. Leake (7-8)L: A. Senzatela (10-4)
  • HR: COL - P. Valaika (9), STL - J. Martinez (6), R. Grichuk (13), T. Pham (14)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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D. LeMahieu 2B40200000.313.371.395.7662.0
N. Arenado 3B40000033.311.357.584.942-1.5
G. Parra LF40100013.361.383.539.9230.5
M. Reynolds 1B40000013.283.372.519.890-0.5
C. Gonzalez RF40100010.227.302.344.6450.5
T. Story SS40100021.234.312.423.7342.0
T. Wolters C31000121.255.351.306.6571.0
A. Senzatela P10000010.138.138.172.310-0.5
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C. Rusin P0000-000.429.429.429.000-
b- P. Valaika PH11121000.263.290.568.8587.0
J. Diaz P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-flied out for Senzatela in the 5th
  • b-homered for Rusin in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Fowler CF31000110.241.333.452.7851.5
Z. Duke P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Brebbia P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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a- G. Garcia PH10110000.230.352.309.6612.0
T. Lyons P00000000.000.500.000.5000.0
T. Pham CF32211200.308.395.534.93010.0
P. DeJong SS50210004.287.302.569.8713.0
J. Gyorko 3B30000112.284.350.487.8380.5
Y. Molina C41200002.269.303.408.7116.0
L. Voit 1B31100110.254.333.508.8422.5
K. Wong 2B41210012.298.390.425.8164.5
R. Grichuk LF41121012.227.280.458.7386.5
M. Leake P20000020.171.227.195.422-1.0
b- J. Martinez RF11111100.277.331.477.8087.0
  • a-singled for Siegrist in the 8th
  • b-homered for Leake in the 7th
BATTING
  • HR - P. Valaika (9)
  • RBI - P. Valaika 2 (28)
BATTING
  • 2B - Y. Molina (14), K. Wong (16)
  • HR - T. Pham (14), R. Grichuk (13), J. Martinez (6)
  • RBI - G. Garcia (9), T. Pham (43), P. DeJong (27), K. Wong (20), R. Grichuk 2 (37), J. Martinez (18)
  • 2-Out RBI - G. Garcia (3)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - T. Story (4)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - Y. Molina (6)
FIELDING
  • DP - N. Arenado, T. Story, D. LeMahieu, M. Reynolds
  • E - M. Reynolds (4)
  • PB - T. Wolters (6)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Senzatela (L, 10-4)4.06442514.841.28-2.5
C. Rusin3.03221222.871.094.0
J. Diaz1.03223009.003.40-5.0
PITCHERSIP
A. Senzatela (L, 10-4)4.0
C. Rusin3.0
J. Diaz1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Leake (W, 7-8)7.04000603.201.2430.0
Z. Duke0.022210127.004.50-5.0
J. Brebbia0.11000101.610.81-0.5
K. Siegrist (H, 5)0.20000104.351.480.5
T. Lyons1.00000303.681.264.5
PITCHERSIP
M. Leake (W, 7-8)7.0
Z. Duke0.0
J. Brebbia0.1
K. Siegrist (H, 5)0.2
T. Lyons1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Senzatela 86-50, C. Rusin 37-21, J. Diaz 29-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Senzatela 3-3, C. Rusin 3-3, J. Diaz 1-1
  • Batters Faced - A. Senzatela 19, C. Rusin 12, J. Diaz 8
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Leake 94-57, Z. Duke 11-7, J. Brebbia 10-8, K. Siegrist 6-4, T. Lyons 11-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Leake 9-6
  • Batters Faced - M. Leake 25, Z. Duke 3, J. Brebbia 2, K. Siegrist 2, T. Lyons 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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C. Blackmon CF40100000.330.383.6191.0021.0
D. LeMahieu 2B40200000.313.371.395.7662.0
N. Arenado 3B40000033.311.357.584.942-1.5
G. Parra LF40100013.361.383.539.9230.5
M. Reynolds 1B40000013.283.372.519.890-0.5
C. Gonzalez RF40100010.227.302.344.6450.5
T. Story SS40100021.234.312.423.7342.0
T. Wolters C31000121.255.351.306.6571.0
A. Senzatela P10000010.138.138.172.310-0.5
a- A. Amarista PH10000001.256.280.380.6600.0
C. Rusin P0000-000.429.429.429.000-
b- P. Valaika PH11121000.263.290.568.8587.0
J. Diaz P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-flied out for Senzatela in the 5th
  • b-homered for Rusin in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Fowler CF31000110.241.333.452.7851.5
Z. Duke P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Brebbia P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
K. Siegrist P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- G. Garcia PH10110000.230.352.309.6612.0
T. Lyons P00000000.000.500.000.5000.0
T. Pham CF32211200.308.395.534.93010.0
P. DeJong SS50210004.287.302.569.8713.0
J. Gyorko 3B30000112.284.350.487.8380.5
Y. Molina C41200002.269.303.408.7116.0
L. Voit 1B31100110.254.333.508.8422.5
K. Wong 2B41210012.298.390.425.8164.5
R. Grichuk LF41121012.227.280.458.7386.5
M. Leake P20000020.171.227.195.422-1.0
b- J. Martinez RF11111100.277.331.477.8087.0
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  • a-singled for Siegrist in the 8th
  • b-homered for Leake in the 7th
BATTING
  • HR - P. Valaika (9)
  • RBI - P. Valaika 2 (28)
BATTING
  • 2B - Y. Molina (14), K. Wong (16)
  • HR - T. Pham (14), R. Grichuk (13), J. Martinez (6)
  • RBI - G. Garcia (9), T. Pham (43), P. DeJong (27), K. Wong (20), R. Grichuk 2 (37), J. Martinez (18)
  • 2-Out RBI - G. Garcia (3)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - T. Story (4)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - Y. Molina (6)
FIELDING
  • DP - N. Arenado, T. Story, D. LeMahieu, M. Reynolds
  • E - M. Reynolds (4)
  • PB - T. Wolters (6)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Senzatela (L, 10-4)4.06442514.841.28-2.5
C. Rusin3.03221222.871.094.0
J. Diaz1.03223009.003.40-5.0
Total8.01288673---
PITCHERSIP
A. Senzatela (L, 10-4)4.0
C. Rusin3.0
J. Diaz1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Leake (W, 7-8)7.04000603.201.2430.0
Z. Duke0.022210127.004.50-5.0
J. Brebbia0.11000101.610.81-0.5
K. Siegrist (H, 5)0.20000104.351.480.5
T. Lyons1.00000303.681.264.5
Total9.07221111---
PITCHERSIP
M. Leake (W, 7-8)7.0
Z. Duke0.0
J. Brebbia0.1
K. Siegrist (H, 5)0.2
T. Lyons1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Senzatela 86-50, C. Rusin 37-21, J. Diaz 29-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Senzatela 3-3, C. Rusin 3-3, J. Diaz 1-1
  • Batters Faced - A. Senzatela 19, C. Rusin 12, J. Diaz 8
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Leake 94-57, Z. Duke 11-7, J. Brebbia 10-8, K. Siegrist 6-4, T. Lyons 11-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Leake 9-6
  • Batters Faced - M. Leake 25, Z. Duke 3, J. Brebbia 2, K. Siegrist 2, T. Lyons 3
  • 8TH INNING
    Garcia reached on an infield single to third, Voit scored, Martinez to second28
    Wong reached on an infield single to second, Molina scored, Voit to third on 1st baseman Reynolds fielding error27
    Valaika homered to left, Wolters scored26
  • 7TH INNING
    Pham homered to right center06
    Martinez homered to left05
  • 4TH INNING
    Grichuk homered to right center, Wong scored04
  • 1ST INNING
    Gyorko grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Pham scored, DeJong out at second02
    Gyorko reached on an infield single to second, Fowler scored, Pham to third01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Tyler Lyons pitching
    • C. Gonzalez: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
    • T. Story: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Story struck out swinging
    • T. Wolters: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Wolters struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Zach Duke pitching
    • T. Wolters: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Wolters walked
    • Pat Valaika hit for Chris Rusin
    • P. Valaika: Strike looking, Valaika homered to left, Wolters scored
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Blackmon singled to right
    • John Brebbia relieved Zach Duke
    • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Foul, LeMahieu singled to right, Blackmon to second
    • N. Arenado: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Arenado struck out swinging
    • Kevin Siegrist relieved John Brebbia
    • G. Parra: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Parra struck out swinging
    • M. Reynolds: Reynolds lined out to center
    • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Jairo Diaz pitching
    • Y. Molina: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Molina doubled to center
    • L. Voit: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Molina stole third
    • K. Wong: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Wong reached on an infield single to second, Molina scored, Voit to third on 1st baseman Reynolds fielding error
    • R. Grichuk: Grichuk lined into double play third to first, Wong out at first
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Martinez walked
    • Greg Garcia hit for Kevin Siegrist
    • G. Garcia: Strike looking, Strike looking, Garcia reached on an infield single to third, Voit scored, Martinez to second
    • T. Pham: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pham walked, Martinez to third, Garcia to second
    • P. DeJong: Foul, Ball, Ball, DeJong grounded out to second
    • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 7TH INNING
    • M. Leake Pitching:
    • G. Parra: Foul, Ball, Parra grounded out to first
    • M. Reynolds: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Reynolds struck out swinging
    • C. Gonzalez: Gonzalez singled to shallow right center
    • T. Story: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Story struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Jose Martinez hit for Mike Leake
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Martinez homered to left
    • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Ball, Fowler lined out to center
    • T. Pham: Ball, Foul, Ball, Pham homered to right center
    • P. DeJong: Ball, Ball, DeJong grounded out to third
    • J. Gyorko: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Gyorko struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • M. Leake Pitching:
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Ball, Foul, Blackmon lined out to second
    • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, LeMahieu fouled out to right
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Arenado struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Rusin Pitching:
    • L. Voit: Voit grounded out to second
    • K. Wong: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Wong struck out swinging
    • R. Grichuk: Grichuk flied out to right
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • M. Leake Pitching:
    • C. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Foul, Gonzalez grounded out to second
    • T. Story: Story singled to right
    • T. Wolters: Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Story stole second
    • Alexi Amarista hit for Antonio Senzatela
    • A. Amarista: Alexi Amarista facing Mike Leake
    • A. Senzatela: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Amarista flied out to right
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Chris Rusin pitching
    • T. Pham: Strike looking, Pham singled to left center
    • P. DeJong: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, DeJong grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Pham out at second
    • J. Gyorko: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gyorko walked
    • Y. Molina: Molina lined out to left
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • M. Leake Pitching:
    • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Strike looking, LeMahieu grounded out to shortstop
    • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Arenado grounded out to pitcher
    • G. Parra: Strike looking, Parra reached on an infield single to second
    • M. Reynolds: Strike looking, Reynolds reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Parra out at second
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
    • A. Senzatela Pitching:
    • L. Voit: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Voit struck out swinging
    • K. Wong: Wong doubled to deep left
    • R. Grichuk: Ball, Foul, Ball, Grichuk homered to right center, Wong scored
    • M. Leake: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Leake struck out swinging
    • D. Fowler: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Fowler flied out to left
    • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • M. Leake Pitching:
    • T. Wolters: Ball, Ball, Wolters grounded out to first
    • A. Senzatela: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Senzatela struck out swinging
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Blackmon grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Senzatela Pitching:
    • T. Pham: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pham grounded out to second
    • P. DeJong: Foul, Ball, Foul, DeJong singled to left
    • J. Gyorko: Ball, Gyorko reached on fielder's choice to third, DeJong out at second
    • Y. Molina: Ball, Ball, Molina flied out to left
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • M. Leake Pitching:
    • M. Reynolds: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Reynolds popped out to second
    • C. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Gonzalez flied out to left
    • T. Story: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Story grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Senzatela Pitching:
    • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Grichuk struck out swinging
    • M. Leake: Foul, Strike looking, Foul tip, Leake struck out on foul tip
    • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Fowler struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • M. Leake Pitching:
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Blackmon lined out to center
    • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Ball, LeMahieu singled to center
    • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Arenado struck out looking
    • G. Parra: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Pickoff attempt, Parra grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • A. Senzatela Pitching:
    • D. Fowler: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Fowler walked
    • T. Pham: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pham walked, Fowler to second
    • P. DeJong: Ball, Fowler to third, Pham to second on passed ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul
    • J. Gyorko: Gyorko grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Pham scored, DeJong out at second
    • Y. Molina: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Molina singled to deep right
    • L. Voit: Ball, Ball, Voit singled to center, Molina to second
    • K. Wong: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Wong lined out to third
    • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)