Game Log: Rockies out-muscle Cards, win 10-5 -

Game Log: Rockies out-muscle Cards, win 10-5

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By Dilip Vishwanat By Dilip Vishwanat
By John Bailey By John Bailey

(BaseballStL) — The Cardinals were unable to mount a comeback in the thin Denver air, going down in order in the ninth. 

Fitting with the tone of the four hour contest, the Cardinals looked to have a leadoff double in the gap, but Brandon Barnes made one of the best catches of the year to nab the ball out of the air and suck the life out of the St. Louis bats. 

Both pitchers Wednesday are making their MLB debuts. Marco Gonzales will get the start for the Cardinals and be matched by Yohan Flande. 

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Jason Motte came on to attempt to hold the Rockies' lead to eight, but got ran out of the game with two outs in the inning. 

After Drew Stubbs hit a towering homer to lead off the inning, Motte got a strikeout for the first out. DJ LeMahieu dropped a single into right, then stole second without a throw to get into scoring position. 

Charlie Culberson grounded out to move LeMahieu up a station, and Charlie Blackmon scored him with a single. 

Randy Choate relieved Motte on the mound, getting Corey Dickerson to ground out to first and end the onslaught.

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With the offense on display at Coors Field, the Cardinals weren't in any way out of the game. 

After Matt Adams struck out to open the eighth, Jhonny Peralta drew a walk. Peter Bourjos followed with a soft single into right to put man at first and second. 

Yadier Molina pinch hit for Tony Cruz, and the Rockies countered with Adam Ottavino. The latter fell behind 2-0, and the former slapped a ball into left to load the bases. 

Jon Jay pinch hit behind him for the pitcher's spot with the bases loaded. After taking an 0-2 ball at the edge of the zone, he fell to a strikeout when he swung and missed at a fastball to end the threat. 

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Sam Freeman, so dominant for the Cardinals of late, finally ran into trouble in the seventh at Coors Field. 

DJ LeMahieu began the inning with a double, but was promptly thrown out at third when pinch-hitter Charlie Culberson bumped one back to Freeman. 

The tall lefty whirled and fired to third to get LeMahieu, and Culberson stood on first. Freeman then hit Charlie Blackmon on a 1-2 count, putting two on. 

Corey Dickerson grounded a ball back up the middle, but Freeman was unable to corral it. It deflected off his mitt, and Peralta couldn't make the play at first. 

With the bases loaded, Troy Tulowitzki stepped in. After a tense standoff, the All-World shortstop grounded sharply back at Freeman, who threw home for the second out.

One out away from an escape, the young reliever looked in for the sign against Justin Morneau. On the first pitch, Morneau turned on a ball to send it into right. The hit would score two, giving the Cardinals a three run deficit to chase with their final six outs. 

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St. Louis scratched one back in the fifth when Matt Holliday hit his 20th double following a Matt Carpenter groundout. 

Allen Craig hit a chopper in the hole, and though the ball appeared to deflect off Holliday, no ump made a call. The grounder skipped past both defenders and Holliday came around to score, making it 6-5 Colorado.

A flyout to center and a broken bat pop-up followed, ending the rally.  

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The lead didn't last long, as Nick Greenwood let the first two Rockies get on. 

Corey Dickerson singled to open the fourth, then Troy Tulowitzki walked to bring up Morneau. The big-swinging first baseman caught a hanging slider and sent it over the wall to right center to give the Rockies a 6-4 lead. 

The inning ended without further damage, but the Cardinals will need to rally once more. 

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After Miller's exit, the Cardinals responded by tying the game. Matt Adams ripped a ball into right with one out, but was held to a single with a great play by Brandon Barnes. 

Jhonny Peralta turned on a ball to send it down the line to third, but it was ruled foul. It was a good thing, since the Cardinal shortstop blasted his team-leading 11th home run as a follow up, tying the game at 3-3. 

Peter Bourjos followed with an infield single, and Mark Ellis followed suit to put men at first and second. 

Tony Cruz chopped a ball in front of the plate, sending it high into the air. Peter Bourjos was running on the pitch, and scored easily from second to give the Cardinals the lead. 

Nick Greenwood nearly extended it when he slapped a ball down the line, but was robbed by Justin Morneau to end the inning. 

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Shelby Miller made an early exit Tuesday when he left the game in the bottom of the third. 

The Rockies got to the St. Louis starter for three runs in the first, stringing together four singles and two walks to take a 3-0 lead. 

St. Louis answered in the third when Tony Cruz reached on an errort and went to second on the wild throw. 

Miller bunted him to third, and Matt Carpenter scored him with a sacrifice fly to right. 

The Cardinals announced the reason for Miller's exit was back tightness. The seriousness of the injury is unkown, but if he is going to miss action, he would be the third member of the rotation to go down in just three days. 

Nick Greenwood came on to mop up, getting a fly ball to right to end the third and hold the Rockies to a 3-1 lead. 

Miller exited after 2.2 innings, giving up three runs on six hits and walking five. 

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