O'Neill, rookie relievers lift Cardinals over Rockies

ST. LOUIS (AP) Mike Shildt got a glimpse of the St. Louis Cardinals' future Wednesday night.

The interim manager was plenty encouraged by what he saw in a 6-3 win over the Colorado Rockies.

''That's the blueprint of how you play the game,'' Shildt said. ''Every phase was executed (well) across the board.''

Rookie outfielder Tyler O'Neill hit a tiebreaking pinch single in the sixth inning and five rookie relievers dominated over 6 1/3 innings to lift the Cardinals.

''We're playing the game the right way,'' said Harrison Bader, who scored the go-ahead run on O'Neill's single.

Bader, also a rookie, had three hits and used his speed to leg out a double and set the stage for the winning tally.

St. Louis starter Luke Weaver allowed two runs in 2 2/3 innings before handing off to the bullpen. Daniel Poncedeleon followed with 2 1/3 scoreless innings, and Austin Gomber, Dakota Hudson, Jordan Hicks and Mike Mayers closed it out. Gomber (1-0) got his first career victory with a scoreless inning. Mayers allowed a run in the ninth but struck out three.

''I think we all showed we are ready,'' Poncedeleon said.

Bader doubled with one out off Kyle Freeland (9-7) to start the go-ahead rally. O'Neill followed with a run-scoring single up the middle, his first pinch hit in nine attempts, to break the 2-all tie. O'Neill was recalled from Triple-A Memphis on Tuesday.

''That was a big-time at-bat he took,'' Shildt said. ''You saw him bear down and take a nice swing. It was good to see.''

The relief corps allowed one run and two hits.

''We just couldn't solve their bullpen,'' Rockies manager Bud Black said.

Yadier Molina added a two-run double in the eighth to push the lead to 5-2. Marcell Ozuna followed with a run-scoring hit.

The Rockies scored twice in the third, on hits by Trevor Story and Gerardo Parra.

Paul DeJong cut the early 2-0 deficit in half with an RBI hit in the third. Poncedeleon brought in Yairo Munoz with a groundout to tie it in the fourth.

Freeland gave up three runs on nine hits in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out five and walked three.

''We just need to keep doing what we were doing,'' Freeland said. ''Getting good starts out of starters, offense doing their thing.''

St. Louis has won 17 of its last 21 at home against the Rockies.

The 3-hour, 59-minute game was the Cardinals' longest nine-inning game of the season.

''It was worth it,'' Bader said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rockies: INF DJ LeMahieu will come off the disabled list Thursday and is expected to play in the series finale. LeMahieu has been out since July 21 with a left oblique strain.

Cardinals: INF Kolten Wong will make a rehab start with Class A Peoria on Thursday. He has been out since July 22 with left knee inflammation.

UP NEXT

RHP Antonio Senzatela (4-3, 5.01) will face RHP Miles Mikolas (11-3, 2.83) in the finale of the four-game set Thursday. Senzatela is 0-2 with a 7.94 ERA in two road starts this season. Mikolas has recorded 14 quality starts in 21 starts this season.

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  • W: A. Gomber (1-0)L: K. Freeland (9-7)
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I. Desmond 1B41100111.241.315.454.7692.5
N. Arenado 3B41210101.308.392.596.9886.0
C. Gonzalez RF50100024.288.336.497.8330.0
T. Story SS30110113.291.354.537.8922.5
G. Parra LF40110011.288.338.392.7302.5
R. McMahon 2B30100112.220.301.349.6491.5
C. Iannetta C30000113.219.329.368.6970.5
K. Freeland P30000022.070.111.093.204-1.0
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  • a-struck out for Almonte in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Carpenter 3B-1B22000311.276.388.572.9606.5
Y. Molina C51320001.289.331.482.8147.0
P. DeJong SS50110024.244.318.416.7341.0
M. Ozuna LF50310003.270.313.395.7074.0
J. Martinez 1B40100013.292.356.456.8110.5
J. Hicks P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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M. Mayers P00000000.000.500.000.5000.0
Y. Munoz 2B31100123.293.356.441.7972.0
D. Fowler RF40000023.176.274.296.570-1.0
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L. Weaver P0000-000.182.206.182.000-
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J. Gyorko 3B10000010.247.323.407.730-0.5
  • a-grounded out for Hicks in the 8th
  • b-singled for Gomber in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - N. Arenado (23), G. Parra (17)
  • RBI - N. Arenado (80), T. Story (70), G. Parra (44)
  • 2-Out RBI - N. Arenado (23), T. Story (43), G. Parra (9)
BATTING
  • 2B - Y. Molina (13), H. Bader (8)
  • RBI - Y. Molina 2 (47), P. DeJong (27), M. Ozuna (59), D. Poncedeleon, T. O'Neill (8)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Ozuna (22)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - M. Carpenter, H. Bader (10), T. O'Neill
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
K. Freeland (L, 9-7)5.19333503.201.27-2.5
S. Oberg0.20000002.811.220.0
B. Shaw1.01000206.911.873.0
J. McGee0.12331106.811.54-5.5
Y. Almonte0.21000101.291.43-0.5
PITCHERSIP
K. Freeland (L, 9-7)5.1
S. Oberg0.2
B. Shaw1.0
J. McGee0.1
Y. Almonte0.2
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
L. Weaver2.25222304.751.41-1.5
D. Poncedeleon2.10001201.540.696.0
A. Gomber (W, 1-0)1.00001203.221.1610.0
D. Hudson (H, 1)1.00000000.000.673.0
J. Hicks (H, 15)1.01001003.071.171.0
M. Mayers1.01111303.721.161.5
PITCHERSIP
L. Weaver2.2
D. Poncedeleon2.1
A. Gomber (W, 1-0)1.0
D. Hudson (H, 1)1.0
J. Hicks (H, 15)1.0
M. Mayers1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - B. Shaw (8)
  • Pitches-Strikes - K. Freeland 113-68, S. Oberg 18-13, B. Shaw 22-14, J. McGee 25-14, Y. Almonte 17-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Freeland 8-3, S. Oberg 1-1, Y. Almonte 1-0
  • Batters Faced - K. Freeland 28, S. Oberg 2, B. Shaw 4, J. McGee 4, Y. Almonte 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - L. Weaver 74-47, D. Poncedeleon 40-23, A. Gomber 14-7, D. Hudson 8-7, J. Hicks 20-11, M. Mayers 20-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Weaver 2-3, D. Poncedeleon 3-2, A. Gomber 1-0, D. Hudson 2-1, J. Hicks 1-2
  • Batters Faced - L. Weaver 15, D. Poncedeleon 8, A. Gomber 4, D. Hudson 3, J. Hicks 5, M. Mayers 5
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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I. Desmond 1B41100111.241.315.454.7692.5
N. Arenado 3B41210101.308.392.596.9886.0
C. Gonzalez RF50100024.288.336.497.8330.0
T. Story SS30110113.291.354.537.8922.5
G. Parra LF40110011.288.338.392.7302.5
R. McMahon 2B30100112.220.301.349.6491.5
C. Iannetta C30000113.219.329.368.6970.5
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  • a-struck out for Almonte in the 9th
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M. Carpenter 3B-1B22000311.276.388.572.9606.5
Y. Molina C51320001.289.331.482.8147.0
P. DeJong SS50110024.244.318.416.7341.0
M. Ozuna LF50310003.270.313.395.7074.0
J. Martinez 1B40100013.292.356.456.8110.5
J. Hicks P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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M. Mayers P00000000.000.500.000.5000.0
Y. Munoz 2B31100123.293.356.441.7972.0
D. Fowler RF40000023.176.274.296.570-1.0
H. Bader CF42300001.275.345.412.7578.0
L. Weaver P0000-000.182.206.182.000-
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  • a-grounded out for Hicks in the 8th
  • b-singled for Gomber in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - N. Arenado (23), G. Parra (17)
  • RBI - N. Arenado (80), T. Story (70), G. Parra (44)
  • 2-Out RBI - N. Arenado (23), T. Story (43), G. Parra (9)
BATTING
  • 2B - Y. Molina (13), H. Bader (8)
  • RBI - Y. Molina 2 (47), P. DeJong (27), M. Ozuna (59), D. Poncedeleon, T. O'Neill (8)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Ozuna (22)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - M. Carpenter, H. Bader (10), T. O'Neill
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
K. Freeland (L, 9-7)5.19333503.201.27-2.5
S. Oberg0.20000002.811.220.0
B. Shaw1.01000206.911.873.0
J. McGee0.12331106.811.54-5.5
Y. Almonte0.21000101.291.43-0.5
Total8.01366490---
PITCHERSIP
K. Freeland (L, 9-7)5.1
S. Oberg0.2
B. Shaw1.0
J. McGee0.1
Y. Almonte0.2
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
L. Weaver2.25222304.751.41-1.5
D. Poncedeleon2.10001201.540.696.0
A. Gomber (W, 1-0)1.00001203.221.1610.0
D. Hudson (H, 1)1.00000000.000.673.0
J. Hicks (H, 15)1.01001003.071.171.0
M. Mayers1.01111303.721.161.5
Total9.07336100---
PITCHERSIP
L. Weaver2.2
D. Poncedeleon2.1
A. Gomber (W, 1-0)1.0
D. Hudson (H, 1)1.0
J. Hicks (H, 15)1.0
M. Mayers1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - B. Shaw (8)
  • Pitches-Strikes - K. Freeland 113-68, S. Oberg 18-13, B. Shaw 22-14, J. McGee 25-14, Y. Almonte 17-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Freeland 8-3, S. Oberg 1-1, Y. Almonte 1-0
  • Batters Faced - K. Freeland 28, S. Oberg 2, B. Shaw 4, J. McGee 4, Y. Almonte 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - L. Weaver 74-47, D. Poncedeleon 40-23, A. Gomber 14-7, D. Hudson 8-7, J. Hicks 20-11, M. Mayers 20-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Weaver 2-3, D. Poncedeleon 3-2, A. Gomber 1-0, D. Hudson 2-1, J. Hicks 1-2
  • Batters Faced - L. Weaver 15, D. Poncedeleon 8, A. Gomber 4, D. Hudson 3, J. Hicks 5, M. Mayers 5
  • 9TH INNING
    Arenado doubled to left center, Blackmon scored36
  • 8TH INNING
    Ozuna singled to shallow left center, Molina scored26
    Molina doubled to left center, Bader and Carpenter scored25
  • 6TH INNING
    O'Neill singled to center, Bader scored23
  • 4TH INNING
    Poncedeleon grounded out to shortstop, Munoz scored, Bader to third22
  • 3RD INNING
    DeJong singled to left, Carpenter scored, Molina to second21
    Parra doubled to left, Arenado scored, Story to third20
    Story singled to left, Desmond scored, Arenado to second10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Mike Mayers pitching
    • Tom Murphy hit for Yency Almonte
    • T. Murphy: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Murphy struck out on foul tip
    • C. Blackmon: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Blackmon walked
    • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Desmond struck out swinging
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Blackmon to second on fielder's indifference, Ball, Arenado doubled to left center, Blackmon scored
    • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Jedd Gyorko at third base
    • Jordan Hicks pitching
    • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gonzalez grounded out to second
    • T. Story: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Story walked
    • G. Parra: Foul, Parra lined out to left
    • R. McMahon: Pickoff attempt, McMahon singled to center, Story to second
    • C. Iannetta: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Iannetta lined out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Jake McGee relieved Bryan Shaw
    • H. Bader: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Bader reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • J. Gyorko: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Gyorko struck out swinging, Bader stole second
    • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Carpenter walked
    • Y. Molina: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Molina doubled to left center, Bader and Carpenter scored
    • Yency Almonte relieved Jake McGee
    • P. DeJong: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, DeJong struck out swinging
    • M. Ozuna: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ozuna singled to shallow left center, Molina scored
    • Greg Garcia hit for Jordan Hicks
    • G. Garcia: Ball, Foul, Ball, Garcia grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 8th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Dakota Hudson pitching
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Blackmon grounded out to pitcher
    • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Desmond grounded out to first
    • N. Arenado: Arenado flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Bryan Shaw relieved Scott Oberg
    • M. Ozuna: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ozuna singled to left
    • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ozuna to second on wild pitch, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
    • Y. Munoz: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Munoz struck out swinging
    • D. Fowler: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Fowler flied out to deep right
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Austin Gomber relieved Daniel Poncedeleon
    • G. Parra: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Parra struck out looking
    • R. McMahon: McMahon grounded out to pitcher
    • C. Iannetta: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Iannetta walked
    • K. Freeland: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Freeland struck out looking
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Fowler struck out looking
    • H. Bader: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Bader doubled to shallow right
    • Tyler O'Neill hit for Austin Gomber
    • T. O'Neill: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, O'Neill singled to center, Bader scored
    • M. Carpenter: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, O'Neill stole second, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Carpenter walked
    • Scott Oberg relieved Kyle Freeland
    • Y. Molina: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Molina flied out to deep center, O'Neill to third
    • P. DeJong: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Carpenter stole second, Ball, Foul, Foul, DeJong grounded out to third
    • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • D. Poncedeleon Pitching:
    • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Desmond grounded out to first
    • N. Arenado: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Arenado walked
    • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Gonzalez reached on fielder's choice to second, Arenado out at second
    • T. Story: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Story grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • Y. Molina: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Molina grounded out to shortstop
    • P. DeJong: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, DeJong flied out to center
    • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ozuna singled to center
    • J. Martinez: Martinez reached on an infield single to shortstop, Ozuna to second
    • Y. Munoz: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Munoz struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • D. Poncedeleon Pitching:
    • C. Iannetta: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Iannetta flied out to left
    • K. Freeland: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Freeland struck out swinging
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Strike looking, Blackmon flied out to left
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • Y. Munoz: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Munoz singled to left
    • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Fowler struck out swinging
    • H. Bader: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bader singled to left, Munoz to third, Bader to second
    • D. Poncedeleon: Poncedeleon grounded out to shortstop, Munoz scored, Bader to third
    • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Carpenter flied out to left
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • L. Weaver Pitching:
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Blackmon flied out to deep left
    • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Desmond walked
    • N. Arenado: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Arenado singled to left, Desmond to second
    • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
    • T. Story: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Story singled to left, Desmond scored, Arenado to second
    • G. Parra: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Parra doubled to left, Arenado scored, Story to third
    • Daniel Poncedeleon relieved Luke Weaver
    • R. McMahon: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, McMahon struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • D. Poncedeleon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Poncedeleon grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Carpenter walked
    • Y. Molina: Strike looking, Molina singled to left, Carpenter to second
    • P. DeJong: DeJong singled to left, Carpenter scored, Molina to second
    • M. Ozuna: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ozuna popped out to third
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Martinez grounded out to second
    • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • L. Weaver Pitching:
    • G. Parra: Ball, Ball, Parra flied out to left
    • R. McMahon: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, McMahon walked
    • C. Iannetta: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Iannetta struck out swinging
    • K. Freeland: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Freeland grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Martinez grounded out to third
    • Y. Munoz: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Munoz walked
    • D. Fowler: Fowler reached on fielder's choice to second, Munoz out at second
    • H. Bader: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Bader grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Fowler out at second
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • L. Weaver Pitching:
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Blackmon grounded out to first
    • I. Desmond: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Desmond singled to center
    • N. Arenado: Pickoff attempt, Arenado popped out to second
    • C. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez singled to right center, Desmond to third
    • T. Story: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Story struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • M. Carpenter: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Carpenter struck out looking
    • Y. Molina: Strike looking, Ball, Molina singled to left
    • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, DeJong struck out swinging
    • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Ball, Ozuna grounded into fielder's choice to second, Molina out at second
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)