Holliday homer, big inning lead Rockies past Cardinals 9-1

DENVER (AP) Late in the game, the Colorado Rockies quickly turned a pitchers' duel into a one-sided slugfest.

Pinch-hitter Matt Holliday launched his first home run of the season in the seventh inning, Carlos Gonzalez sparked an eight-run eighth with a tiebreaking double and the Rockies beat the St. Louis Cardinals 9-1 in a matchup of NL playoff contenders Saturday.

''It took us a while to get going,'' Rockies manager Bud Black said. ''Then it snowballed.''

The loss snapped St. Louis' nine-game road winning streak. The surging Cardinals had won four straight and eight of 10 overall.

Holliday, out of baseball before signing a minor league contract last month, was called up this week by the Rockies - his original team. His homer broke up a scoreless game and marked his first with Colorado since 2008.

A seven-time All-Star who also played for the Cardinals before joining the New York Yankees last season, Holliday swung at a pitch in the dirt before connecting on John Gant's next offering, driving it deep into the left-field bleachers.

''I was a little amped up. I needed to take a breath, kind of gather myself and kind of get back into the situation,'' Holliday said. ''But that was fun. I enjoyed contributing. It was a cool moment.''

St. Louis evened the score in the eighth. Harrison Bader doubled off Adam Ottavino to start the inning and went to third on Greg Garcia's infield hit. One out later, Bader raced home on a wild pitch.

Ottavino (6-2) retired Yadier Molina on a popup and struck out Jose Martinez, stranding two runners.

After making little headway against Gant, who allowed one run and three hits in seven innings, the Rockies broke loose against the St. Louis bullpen in the eighth. They sent 14 batters to the plate against four relievers, collecting 10 hits - five of them doubles. The Cardinals made one error during the inning.

Dakota Hudson (4-1) gave up a leadoff single to DJ LeMahieu and successive RBI doubles to Gonzalez and Nolan Arenado before getting Trevor Story on a groundout. The Rockies then got six straight hits against two relievers, including LeMahieu's second of the inning, an RBI single. Arenado also had two hits in the inning.

''The way the game was going early, it was all about pitching,'' Gonzalez said. ''After Holliday hit that big home run in the seventh, we settled down. They ended up tying the game but then DJ led off with a single. I was just trying to follow up with another single, but I was able to drive the ball in the gap and DJ did a good job going from first to home. After that, the rest was hit after hit.''

The game began with Gant and German Marquez alternating zeros. Marquez went seven scoreless innings, allowing three hits - all singles. He struck out nine and walked one.

Gant did not allow a hit until Gonzalez's two-out single in the fourth.

''John Gant was terrific,'' Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said. ''Holliday got him on a breaking ball. But he was fantastic. Marquez was equally as good. Just a good old-fashioned pitchers' duel in a hitters' ballpark. We went to the bullpen and they've been great. One of those days. Those days are going to happen. We're not going to think too much about it. Just move forward.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cardinals: 2B Kolten Wong strained his left hamstring legging out a grounder in the second. He was replaced in the lineup by Yairo Munoz. Wong is day to day.

UP NEXT

Cardinals: LHP Austin Gomber (3-0, 2.98 ERA) is slated to start Sunday's series finale. He'll try to become the first Cardinals left-hander to win at Coors Field since Kent Mercker beat Darryl Kyle and the Rockies 10-2 on July 24, 1999.

Rockies: LHP Tyler Anderson (6-6, 4.45) is 0-3 with an 8.44 ERA over his last five starts.

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  • W: A. Ottavino (6-2)L: D. Hudson (4-1)
  • HR: COL - M. Holliday (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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M. Carpenter 3B30100100.267.381.567.9484.0
Y. Molina C40100003.272.321.446.7671.0
J. Martinez RF40100014.306.365.467.8320.5
M. Adams 1B30000132.253.330.502.832-0.5
T. O'Neill LF40000032.275.310.500.810-1.5
K. Wong 2B10000000.244.326.386.7120.0
Y. Munoz SS30000011.279.342.419.760-0.5
H. Bader CF31100020.280.352.444.7952.0
G. Garcia SS-2B30100000.229.314.327.6413.0
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B. Cecil P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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L. Weaver P00000000.162.184.162.3460.0
  • a-struck out for Gant in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Blackmon CF51110021.277.344.478.8223.0
D. LeMahieu 2B41210100.276.322.425.7474.0
C. Gonzalez RF51310012.290.345.487.8316.5
N. Arenado 3B31210200.311.394.580.9757.0
T. Story SS40000126.291.347.544.8910.0
D. Dahl LF51110008.278.325.490.8153.0
R. McMahon 1B41100010.245.327.397.7251.5
T. Wolters C31110111.166.281.278.5594.5
G. Marquez P10000000.326.326.391.7170.0
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S. Oh P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-homered for Marquez in the 7th
  • b-doubled for Ottavino in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - H. Bader (14)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Martinez 3 (3), M. Adams, T. O'Neill
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Blackmon (19), C. Gonzalez 2 (25), N. Arenado (27), T. Wolters (3), I. Desmond (15)
  • HR - M. Holliday
  • SH - G. Marquez (3)
  • RBI - C. Blackmon (56), D. LeMahieu (42), C. Gonzalez (54), N. Arenado (90), D. Dahl (21), T. Wolters (22), M. Holliday, I. Desmond 2 (74)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Holliday
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Blackmon, D. Dahl 8 (8)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - M. Carpenter (2), G. Garcia (2)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - D. LeMahieu (4)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Molina-Garcia; Munoz-Garcia-Adams)
  • E - M. Adams (2), M. Carpenter (11)
FIELDING
  • DP - (LeMahieu-Story-McMahon)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Gant7.03115613.561.2218.0
D. Hudson (L, 4-1)0.13330003.141.19-11.0
B. Cecil0.03330006.081.95-6.0
M. Mayers0.03220004.141.29-5.0
L. Weaver0.21000104.631.42-0.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Gant7.0
D. Hudson (L, 4-1)0.1
B. Cecil0.0
M. Mayers0.0
L. Weaver0.2
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
G. Marquez7.03001904.211.2824.5
A. Ottavino (W, 6-2) (BS, 5)1.02111201.710.957.0
S. Oh1.00000202.430.984.0
PITCHERSIP
G. Marquez7.0
A. Ottavino (W, 6-2) (BS, 5)1.0
S. Oh1.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - J. Gant (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Gant 97-63, D. Hudson 7-7, B. Cecil 8-6, M. Mayers 11-7, L. Weaver 15-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Gant 9-5, D. Hudson 1-0, L. Weaver 2-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Gant 28, D. Hudson 4, B. Cecil 3, M. Mayers 3, L. Weaver 4
PITCHING
  • WP - A. Ottavino (7)
  • Pitches-Strikes - G. Marquez 95-64, A. Ottavino 26-17, S. Oh 15-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Marquez 7-4
  • Batters Faced - G. Marquez 24, A. Ottavino 6, S. Oh 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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M. Carpenter 3B30100100.267.381.567.9484.0
Y. Molina C40100003.272.321.446.7671.0
J. Martinez RF40100014.306.365.467.8320.5
M. Adams 1B30000132.253.330.502.832-0.5
T. O'Neill LF40000032.275.310.500.810-1.5
K. Wong 2B10000000.244.326.386.7120.0
Y. Munoz SS30000011.279.342.419.760-0.5
H. Bader CF31100020.280.352.444.7952.0
G. Garcia SS-2B30100000.229.314.327.6413.0
J. Gant P20000020.042.042.167.208-1.0
a- J. Gyorko PH10000012.261.342.431.774-0.5
D. Hudson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
B. Cecil P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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L. Weaver P00000000.162.184.162.3460.0
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  • a-struck out for Gant in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Blackmon CF51110021.277.344.478.8223.0
D. LeMahieu 2B41210100.276.322.425.7474.0
C. Gonzalez RF51310012.290.345.487.8316.5
N. Arenado 3B31210200.311.394.580.9757.0
T. Story SS40000126.291.347.544.8910.0
D. Dahl LF51110008.278.325.490.8153.0
R. McMahon 1B41100010.245.327.397.7251.5
T. Wolters C31110111.166.281.278.5594.5
G. Marquez P10000000.326.326.391.7170.0
a- M. Holliday PH11111000.400.4001.0001.4006.0
A. Ottavino P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- I. Desmond PH11120000.234.301.440.7415.0
S. Oh P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-homered for Marquez in the 7th
  • b-doubled for Ottavino in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - H. Bader (14)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Martinez 3 (3), M. Adams, T. O'Neill
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Blackmon (19), C. Gonzalez 2 (25), N. Arenado (27), T. Wolters (3), I. Desmond (15)
  • HR - M. Holliday
  • SH - G. Marquez (3)
  • RBI - C. Blackmon (56), D. LeMahieu (42), C. Gonzalez (54), N. Arenado (90), D. Dahl (21), T. Wolters (22), M. Holliday, I. Desmond 2 (74)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Holliday
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Blackmon, D. Dahl 8 (8)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - M. Carpenter (2), G. Garcia (2)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - D. LeMahieu (4)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Molina-Garcia; Munoz-Garcia-Adams)
  • E - M. Adams (2), M. Carpenter (11)
FIELDING
  • DP - (LeMahieu-Story-McMahon)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Gant7.03115613.561.2218.0
D. Hudson (L, 4-1)0.13330003.141.19-11.0
B. Cecil0.03330006.081.95-6.0
M. Mayers0.03220004.141.29-5.0
L. Weaver0.21000104.631.42-0.5
Total8.01399571---
PITCHERSIP
J. Gant7.0
D. Hudson (L, 4-1)0.1
B. Cecil0.0
M. Mayers0.0
L. Weaver0.2
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
G. Marquez7.03001904.211.2824.5
A. Ottavino (W, 6-2) (BS, 5)1.02111201.710.957.0
S. Oh1.00000202.430.984.0
Total9.05112130---
PITCHERSIP
G. Marquez7.0
A. Ottavino (W, 6-2) (BS, 5)1.0
S. Oh1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - J. Gant (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Gant 97-63, D. Hudson 7-7, B. Cecil 8-6, M. Mayers 11-7, L. Weaver 15-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Gant 9-5, D. Hudson 1-0, L. Weaver 2-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Gant 28, D. Hudson 4, B. Cecil 3, M. Mayers 3, L. Weaver 4
PITCHING
  • WP - A. Ottavino (7)
  • Pitches-Strikes - G. Marquez 95-64, A. Ottavino 26-17, S. Oh 15-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Marquez 7-4
  • Batters Faced - G. Marquez 24, A. Ottavino 6, S. Oh 3
  • 8TH INNING
    LeMahieu singled to center, Blackmon scored19
    Blackmon doubled to deep right center, Desmond scored18
    Desmond doubled to left, McMahon and Wolters scored17
    Wolters doubled to right, Dahl scored, McMahon to third15
    Dahl singled to center, Arenado scored14
    Arenado doubled to left, Gonzalez scored13
    Gonzalez doubled to left center, LeMahieu scored12
    Bader scored, Garcia to third on wild pitch11
  • 7TH INNING
    Holliday homered to left center01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Seung-Hwan Oh pitching
    • M. Adams: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Adams struck out swinging
    • T. O'Neill: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, O'Neill struck out swinging
    • Y. Munoz: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Munoz lined out to left
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Adam Ottavino pitching
    • H. Bader: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Bader doubled to deep right center
    • G. Garcia: Garcia reached on bunt single to shortstop, Bader to third
    • Jedd Gyorko hit for John Gant
    • J. Gyorko: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gyorko struck out swinging
    • M. Carpenter: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bader scored, Garcia to third on wild pitch, Ball, Ball, Carpenter walked
    • Y. Molina: Foul, Ball, Foul, Molina popped out to second
    • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Carpenter stole second, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Dakota Hudson pitching
    • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, LeMahieu singled to left center
    • C. Gonzalez: Gonzalez doubled to left center, LeMahieu scored
    • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Foul, Arenado doubled to left, Gonzalez scored
    • T. Story: Story grounded out to shortstop, Arenado to third
    • Brett Cecil relieved Dakota Hudson
    • D. Dahl: Dahl singled to center, Arenado scored
    • R. McMahon: Pickoff attempt, Foul, McMahon singled to right, Dahl to second
    • T. Wolters: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Wolters doubled to right, Dahl scored, McMahon to third
    • Ian Desmond hit for Adam Ottavino
    • Mike Mayers relieved Brett Cecil
    • I. Desmond: Desmond doubled to left, McMahon and Wolters scored
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Blackmon doubled to deep right center, Desmond scored
    • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, LeMahieu singled to center, Blackmon scored
    • Luke Weaver relieved Mike Mayers
    • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Gonzalez safe at first on 3rd baseman Carpenter fielding error, LeMahieu to second
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Arenado singled to center, LeMahieu to third, Gonzalez to second
    • T. Story: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Story struck out swinging
    • D. Dahl: Strike swinging, Ball, Dahl grounded out to second
    • End of the 8th (8 Runs, 10 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 7TH INNING
    • G. Marquez Pitching:
    • M. Adams: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Adams walked
    • T. O'Neill: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, O'Neill struck out swinging
    • Y. Munoz: Strike looking, Munoz grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Adams out at second
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Gant Pitching:
    • R. McMahon: McMahon flied out to deep right
    • T. Wolters: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Wolters struck out swinging
    • Matt Holliday hit for German Marquez
    • M. Holliday: Strike swinging, Holliday homered to left center
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Blackmon grounded out to second
    • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • G. Marquez Pitching:
    • J. Gant: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Gant struck out looking
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Carpenter grounded out to first
    • Y. Molina: Foul, Molina singled to left
    • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Martinez grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Gant Pitching:
    • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, LeMahieu grounded out to second
    • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Gonzalez doubled to center
    • N. Arenado: Arenado intentionally walked
    • T. Story: Story reached on fielder's choice to third, Gonzalez to third, Arenado out at second
    • D. Dahl: Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Dahl flied out to left
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • G. Marquez Pitching:
    • Y. Munoz: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Munoz struck out swinging
    • H. Bader: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Bader struck out looking
    • G. Garcia: Strike looking, Garcia grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Gant Pitching:
    • R. McMahon: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, McMahon struck out swinging
    • T. Wolters: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Wolters walked
    • G. Marquez: Pickoff attempt, Marquez hit sacrifice bunt to first, Wolters to second
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Blackmon struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • G. Marquez Pitching:
    • Y. Molina: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Molina grounded out to third
    • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Martinez singled to right center
    • M. Adams: Foul, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Adams struck out swinging
    • T. O'Neill: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, O'Neill struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Gant Pitching:
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Blackmon flied out to right
    • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, LeMahieu grounded out to third
    • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Gonzalez singled to center
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Arenado walked, Gonzalez to second
    • T. Story: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Story walked, Gonzalez to third, Arenado to second
    • D. Dahl: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Dahl grounded out to second
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • G. Marquez Pitching:
    • G. Garcia: Ball, Garcia grounded out to second
    • J. Gant: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Gant struck out looking
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Carpenter flied out to left
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Gant Pitching:
    • R. McMahon: McMahon safe at first on 1st baseman Adams fielding error
    • T. Wolters: Wolters grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, McMahon out at second
    • G. Marquez: Strike looking, Ball, Marquez grounded out to third
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 2ND INNING
    • G. Marquez Pitching:
    • T. O'Neill: Ball, O'Neill popped out to third
    • K. Wong: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Wong grounded out to second
    • H. Bader: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Bader struck out looking
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Yairo Munoz at shortstop
    • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Arenado lined out to left
    • T. Story: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Story struck out swinging
    • D. Dahl: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Dahl flied out to center
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • G. Marquez Pitching:
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Carpenter singled to right
    • Y. Molina: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Molina lined out to left
    • J. Martinez: Foul, Ball, Martinez flied out to center
    • M. Adams: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Adams struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Gant Pitching:
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Blackmon struck out swinging
    • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, LeMahieu walked
    • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging, LeMahieu caught stealing, catcher to shortstop
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)