Martinez's single lifts Cardinals over Rockies 3-2

ST. LOUIS (AP) Jose Martinez is making the most of his limited opportunities.

Martinez sliced an opposite-field pinch-hit single to the right-center field gap off Wade Davis with one out in the ninth inning, driving in the tying and go-ahead runs and lifting the St. Louis Cardinals over the Colorado Rockies 3-2 on Thursday.

''Trying to put the ball in play, trying just to get one run, that's the most important thing,'' Martinez said.

Greg Garcia singled with one out against Davis (1-4) and took third on a single by rookie Harrison Bader.

Bader stole second, and Martinez singled on a high fastball, giving the Cardinals their ninth walk-off win this season.

It was the first career walk-off RBI for Martinez, whose playing time has decreased since Mike Shildt became the interim manager on July 14.

''It's a great teammate. That's probably one of the best compliments I can give Jose,'' Shildt said. ''He's still getting opportunities. He's not getting quite as many, but he's determined to make the most of them and showed up ready to take a really quality at-bat with a nice plan.''

Davis has a career-high five blown saves in 36 chances.

''I left it over the plate,'' he said. ''A couple of line drive hits there. Obviously, the stolen base didn't help either.''

Colorado, which began the day one game back for the NL's second wild card, lost three of four at the Cardinals. The Rockies had been seeking to tie the franchise record of nine straight series without a series loss but instead lost a series for the first time since dropping two of three at San Francisco from June 26-28.

''We're in every game now, which is good, and we've won most of them,'' Rockies manager Bud Black said. ''We've got to continue to pitch well. If we do that we'll be fine.''

Chasen Shreve (3-2), acquired from the New York Yankees on Saturday, pitched a perfect ninth in his second appearance for the Cardinals.

''This is a focused group that's really dedicated to playing good baseball and to moving this thing forward and to win games and to put us in position even further than where we are now,'' Shildt said. ''This team wants to play in the playoffs.''

St. Louis starter Miles Mikolas allowed two runs - one earned - and seven hits in seven innings. Rockies starter Antonio Senzatela gave up one run and five hits in six innings.

After the Cardinals loaded the bases in the sixth, Senzatela struck out Bader on a curveball in the dirt with an 0-2 count.

Tyler O'Neill put St. Louis ahead with a sacrifice fly in the third. Gerardo Parra had a tying single in the fourth, and Colorado went ahead when Ian Desmond hit a bouncer to the third-base side, and Mikolas made an off-balance throw that hit the tarp in foul territory in right field. Desmond was credited with a single, and Nolan Arenado came home from third on the error.

MAKING A SPLASH

O'Neill made a running catch against the wall right-field wall in the first inning to rob Arenado of an extra-base hit and a diving catch of a liner off of Trevor Story's bat in the fourth.

''If I can help on the defensive side of the ball that's what I'm going to do,'' O'Neill said. ''I was just able to make a couple of plays out there to help the boys get the game going.''

TRAINING ROOM

Rockies: 2B DJ LeMahieu (left oblique strain) was reinstated from the 10-day DL and 2B Garrett Hampson was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque.

Cardinals: OF Marcell Ozuna left in the fifth inning because of discomfort in one of his left toes. 2B Kolten Wong (left knee inflammation) began an injury rehabilitation assignment at Class A Peoria and is expected to join the team this weekend in Pittsburgh.

UP NEXT

Rockies: RHP German Marquez (9-8, 4.82 ERA) starts Friday's opener of a three-game series at Milwaukee. He is 4-0 with a 3.03 ERA in his last five starts.

Cardinals: RHP John Gant (3-4, 3.49 ERA) starts a three-game series on Friday at Pittsburgh, where RHP Chris Archer (3-5, 4.31 ERA) is to make his Pirates debut after his acquisition from Tampa Bay. Gant is coming off his shortest outing of the season, lasting 4 1/3 innings in a 5-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Sunday night.

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  • W: C. Shreve (3-2)L: W. Davis (1-4)
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D. LeMahieu 2B40000012.275.320.425.745-0.5
N. Arenado 3B41100010.308.391.592.9831.5
C. Gonzalez RF30100100.289.338.495.8331.0
T. Story SS40000022.288.351.532.883-1.0
G. Parra LF41310000.294.343.397.7405.0
I. Desmond 1B40100012.241.314.452.7660.5
T. Wolters C20100200.159.282.262.5443.0
A. Senzatela P10000012.100.100.200.300-0.5
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S. Oh P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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W. Davis P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-struck out for Senzatela in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Carpenter 1B40200000.279.389.571.9602.0
Y. Molina C40000013.285.327.476.803-0.5
T. O'Neill RF20110110.280.309.480.7892.5
M. Ozuna LF20000002.268.311.393.7040.0
P. DeJong SS10000101.243.320.414.7340.0
J. Gyorko 3B30100101.248.326.406.7322.0
Y. Munoz SS-LF40000012.286.349.432.781-0.5
G. Garcia 2B31100002.236.322.346.6683.0
H. Bader CF41100034.274.343.409.7522.5
M. Mikolas P21100000.103.146.179.3262.0
a- D. Fowler PH10000010.175.274.295.568-0.5
J. Brebbia P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
C. Shreve P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- J. Martinez PH10120000.294.357.457.8143.0
  • a-struck out for Mikolas in the 7th
  • b-singled for Shreve in the 9th
BATTING
  • SH - A. Senzatela (3)
  • RBI - G. Parra (45)
BATTING
  • SF - T. O'Neill (2)
  • RBI - T. O'Neill (9), J. Martinez 2 (61)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - C. Gonzalez (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - H. Bader (11)
  • CS - P. DeJong
FIELDING
  • DP - (LeMahieu-Desmond)
  • E - T. Wolters (3)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - M. Ozuna (5)
  • DP - (Molina-Garcia)
  • E - M. Mikolas (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Senzatela6.05112504.561.3315.5
S. Oh (H, 16)1.00000102.470.983.5
A. Ottavino (H, 23)1.00001101.380.902.5
W. Davis (L, 1-4) (BS, 5)0.13220004.571.19-10.0
PITCHERSIP
A. Senzatela6.0
S. Oh (H, 16)1.0
A. Ottavino (H, 23)1.0
W. Davis (L, 1-4) (BS, 5)0.1
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Mikolas7.07212602.751.0817.0
J. Brebbia1.00001204.031.293.0
C. Shreve (W, 3-2)1.00000104.051.4810.5
PITCHERSIP
M. Mikolas7.0
J. Brebbia1.0
C. Shreve (W, 3-2)1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - A. Senzatela
  • HBP - A. Senzatela (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Senzatela 96-59, S. Oh 14-9, A. Ottavino 14-7, W. Davis 12-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Senzatela 3-10, S. Oh 1-1, W. Davis 1-0
  • Batters Faced - A. Senzatela 26, S. Oh 3, A. Ottavino 3, W. Davis 4
PITCHING
  • IBB - M. Mikolas (4)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Mikolas 98-69, J. Brebbia 17-9, C. Shreve 15-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Mikolas 7-7
  • Batters Faced - M. Mikolas 29, J. Brebbia 3, C. Shreve 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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C. Blackmon CF40000022.284.353.495.848-1.0
D. LeMahieu 2B40000012.275.320.425.745-0.5
N. Arenado 3B41100010.308.391.592.9831.5
C. Gonzalez RF30100100.289.338.495.8331.0
T. Story SS40000022.288.351.532.883-1.0
G. Parra LF41310000.294.343.397.7405.0
I. Desmond 1B40100012.241.314.452.7660.5
T. Wolters C20100200.159.282.262.5443.0
A. Senzatela P10000012.100.100.200.300-0.5
a- R. McMahon PH10000011.218.298.345.644-0.5
S. Oh P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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W. Davis P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-struck out for Senzatela in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Carpenter 1B40200000.279.389.571.9602.0
Y. Molina C40000013.285.327.476.803-0.5
T. O'Neill RF20110110.280.309.480.7892.5
M. Ozuna LF20000002.268.311.393.7040.0
P. DeJong SS10000101.243.320.414.7340.0
J. Gyorko 3B30100101.248.326.406.7322.0
Y. Munoz SS-LF40000012.286.349.432.781-0.5
G. Garcia 2B31100002.236.322.346.6683.0
H. Bader CF41100034.274.343.409.7522.5
M. Mikolas P21100000.103.146.179.3262.0
a- D. Fowler PH10000010.175.274.295.568-0.5
J. Brebbia P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
C. Shreve P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- J. Martinez PH10120000.294.357.457.8143.0
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  • a-struck out for Mikolas in the 7th
  • b-singled for Shreve in the 9th
BATTING
  • SH - A. Senzatela (3)
  • RBI - G. Parra (45)
BATTING
  • SF - T. O'Neill (2)
  • RBI - T. O'Neill (9), J. Martinez 2 (61)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - C. Gonzalez (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - H. Bader (11)
  • CS - P. DeJong
FIELDING
  • DP - (LeMahieu-Desmond)
  • E - T. Wolters (3)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - M. Ozuna (5)
  • DP - (Molina-Garcia)
  • E - M. Mikolas (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Senzatela6.05112504.561.3315.5
S. Oh (H, 16)1.00000102.470.983.5
A. Ottavino (H, 23)1.00001101.380.902.5
W. Davis (L, 1-4) (BS, 5)0.13220004.571.19-10.0
Total8.1833370---
PITCHERSIP
A. Senzatela6.0
S. Oh (H, 16)1.0
A. Ottavino (H, 23)1.0
W. Davis (L, 1-4) (BS, 5)0.1
Total8.1
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Mikolas7.07212602.751.0817.0
J. Brebbia1.00001204.031.293.0
C. Shreve (W, 3-2)1.00000104.051.4810.5
Total9.0721390---
PITCHERSIP
M. Mikolas7.0
J. Brebbia1.0
C. Shreve (W, 3-2)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - A. Senzatela
  • HBP - A. Senzatela (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Senzatela 96-59, S. Oh 14-9, A. Ottavino 14-7, W. Davis 12-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Senzatela 3-10, S. Oh 1-1, W. Davis 1-0
  • Batters Faced - A. Senzatela 26, S. Oh 3, A. Ottavino 3, W. Davis 4
PITCHING
  • IBB - M. Mikolas (4)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Mikolas 98-69, J. Brebbia 17-9, C. Shreve 15-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Mikolas 7-7
  • Batters Faced - M. Mikolas 29, J. Brebbia 3, C. Shreve 3
  • 9TH INNING
    Martinez singled to right center, Garcia and Bader scored23
  • 4TH INNING
    Desmond reached on an infield single to pitcher, Parra scored, Desmond to second on Mikolas throwing error21
    Parra singled to left center, Arenado scored, Gonzalez out at third, Parra to second11
  • 3RD INNING
    O'Neill hit sacrifice fly to left, Mikolas scored01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Chasen Shreve relieved John Brebbia
    • G. Parra: Foul, Ball, Ball, Parra flied out to deep center
    • I. Desmond: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Desmond struck out looking
    • T. Wolters: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Wolters flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Wade Davis relieved Adam Ottavino
    • Y. Munoz: Munoz grounded out to third
    • G. Garcia: Ball, Strike looking, Garcia singled to left center
    • H. Bader: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Bader singled to right, Garcia to third
    • Jose Martinez hit for Chasen Shreve
    • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Bader stole second, Ball, Foul, Martinez singled to right center, Garcia and Bader scored
  • 8TH INNING
    • John Brebbia pitching
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Arenado struck out swinging
    • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gonzalez walked
    • T. Story: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Story struck out swinging, Gonzalez caught stealing, catcher to second
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Adam Ottavino relieved Seung-Hwan Oh
    • T. O'Neill: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, O'Neill struck out looking
    • P. DeJong: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, DeJong walked
    • J. Gyorko: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, DeJong caught stealing, catcher to second, Gyorko flied out to right
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • T. Wolters: Wolters singled to left
    • Ryan McMahon hit for Antonio Senzatela
    • R. McMahon: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, McMahon struck out swinging
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Ball, Blackmon flied out to center
    • D. LeMahieu: Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, LeMahieu flied out to center
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Seung-Hwan Oh pitching
    • Dexter Fowler hit for Miles Mikolas
    • D. Fowler: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Fowler struck out swinging
    • M. Carpenter: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Carpenter flied out to right
    • Y. Molina: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Molina grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • C. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Gonzalez grounded out to first
    • T. Story: Ball, Strike looking, Story grounded out to shortstop
    • G. Parra: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Parra singled to right
    • I. Desmond: Desmond grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • A. Senzatela Pitching:
    • T. O'Neill: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, O'Neill walked
    • P. DeJong: DeJong flied out to deep right
    • J. Gyorko: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Gyorko flied out to right
    • Y. Munoz: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Munoz struck out, reached on passed ball, O'Neill to third on catcher Wolters throwing error
    • G. Garcia: Strike looking, Ball, Garcia hit by pitch, Munoz to second
    • H. Bader: Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Bader struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 5TH INNING
    • Paul DeJong at shortstop
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Ball, Blackmon flied out to right
    • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, LeMahieu grounded out to first
    • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Arenado popped out to second
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Senzatela Pitching:
    • H. Bader: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Bader struck out looking
    • M. Mikolas: Mikolas popped out to first
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Carpenter singled to deep right
    • Y. Molina: Ball, Molina flied out to deep right
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • N. Arenado: Arenado singled to left
    • C. Gonzalez: Gonzalez reached on bunt single to third, Arenado to second
    • T. Story: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Story flied out to right, Arenado to third
    • G. Parra: Parra singled to left center, Arenado scored, Gonzalez out at third, Parra to second
    • I. Desmond: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Desmond reached on an infield single to pitcher, Parra scored, Desmond to second on Mikolas throwing error
    • T. Wolters: Wolters intentionally walked
    • A. Senzatela: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Senzatela struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 1 Error)
    • A. Senzatela Pitching:
    • J. Gyorko: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gyorko walked
    • Y. Munoz: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Munoz flied out to right
    • G. Garcia: Garcia grounded into double play second to first, Gyorko out at second
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • T. Wolters: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Wolters walked
    • A. Senzatela: Senzatela hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Wolters to second
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Blackmon struck out swinging
    • D. LeMahieu: LeMahieu lined out to second
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Senzatela Pitching:
    • M. Mikolas: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Mikolas singled to right
    • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Carpenter singled to center, Mikolas to second
    • Y. Molina: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Mikolas to third on wild pitch, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Molina popped out to shortstop
    • T. O'Neill: Strike looking, O'Neill hit sacrifice fly to left, Mikolas scored
    • M. Ozuna: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ozuna fouled out to catcher
    • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • C. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Gonzalez grounded out to second
    • T. Story: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Story struck out on foul tip
    • G. Parra: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Parra singled to left
    • I. Desmond: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Desmond grounded into fielder's choice to second, Parra out at second
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • A. Senzatela Pitching:
    • J. Gyorko: Gyorko singled to center
    • Y. Munoz: Munoz flied out to deep center
    • G. Garcia: Ball, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Garcia flied out to deep left
    • H. Bader: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bader struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Blackmon struck out swinging
    • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, LeMahieu struck out swinging
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Arenado lined out to right
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Senzatela Pitching:
    • M. Carpenter: Carpenter grounded out to second
    • Y. Molina: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Molina struck out swinging
    • T. O'Neill: O'Neill singled to left
    • M. Ozuna: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ozuna grounded out to catcher
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)