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Home runs push Cardinals over Rockies 5-4

(BaseballStL) -- Sam Freeman ran into trouble in the ninth inning as he walked to the lead off batter who came around to score later to cut into the Redbirds lead.

He was able to get Nolan Arenado to line out to second, but he allowed a double down the left field line to Matt McBride to put runners on second and third with one out.

Matheny lifted Freeman from Pat Neshek, but Neshek allowed a single to the first batter he saw, Wilin Rosario, as Drew Stubbs scored to cut the Cards lead down to 5-2. Then Josh Rutledge's sacrifice fly scored Arenado.

Michael McKenry worked the count full before plugging a hit just inches inside the right field line as Rosario scored on the play to cut the Cards lead to one. Neshek was able to stop the damage there as Rafael Ynoa flied out to center to end the game.

Taveras adds insurance

Pinch hitter Oscar Taveras plated an insurance run in the sixth inning to extend the Cardinals lead back to four runs.

Molina dropped a blooper into right field with one out. Then with two outs, Pete Kozma hit a grounder at first baseman Ben Paulson, but Kozma beat the hit out at first to move Molina to third.

Then Mike Matheny lifted pitcher Shelby Miller for Taveras who roped a single into right field to score Molina.

Miller's scoreless innings streak ends

After retiring nine of the ten batters faced in three innings, Shelby Miller saw his career best consecutive scoreless innings streak snapped as he allowed a two-out RBI single to let the Rockies on the board.

Michael Cuddyer began the fourth with the second hit of the game. Miller then struck out Corey Dickerson and got Nolan Arenado to fly out to left. However, Ben Paulson placed a ball into right that scored Cuddyer.

Miller's consecutive scoreless innings streak ended at 17.2 innings, but he got out of the inning with a fly ball from Wilin Rosario.

Miller, Carpenter add 3 runs

In the second inning, the Cardinals scored three runs with the help of another home run and an RBI double from starting pitcher Shelby Miller.

With two outs, Pete Kozma earned a free pass that Miller took advantage of as he stroked a double into the left field corner for his fourth RBI of the season.

Then Matt Carpenter hit his eighth homer of the season into right center to put the Redbirds up by four runs.

Holliday homers to give Cards early lead

He blasted a three-run homer in the first inning of Friday night's game and Matt Holliday hit another home run in the first inning of Saturday's game to give the Cardinals the first lead of the night.

Holliday's 18th home run of the season came on an 0-1 pitch that he sent 419 feet into deep center. His solo shot gives the Cardinals' slugger 85 RBI this season.


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