National League Game Summary - St. Louis at Colorado|
(Tuesday, July 31st)
Final Score: St. Louis 11, Colorado 6
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Carlos Beltran and Matt Holliday each hit a two-
run homer while David Freese added a solo shot as the St. Louis Cardinals
hammered the Colorado Rockies, 11-6, in the opener of a three-game set at
Holliday also hit a two-run double and finished with four RBI for the
Cardinals, who snapped a two-game slide.
"It's always good to drive in some runs and give the team my two cents. It was
a good night to hit," said Holliday.
Kyle Lohse (11-2) received the win despite surrendering five runs on nine hits
and two walks through six innings. He has now won five straight decisions.
Jeff Francis (3-3) allowed five runs on six hits and no walks over four
innings to take the loss for Colorado, which has dropped 12 of its last 15.
Josh Rutledge hit a three-run home run in defeat.
The Cardinals jumped out to an early four-run lead without recording an out in
their first at-bat when Daniel Descalso was hit by a pitch and Allen Craig
singled before both came home on Holliday's double off the base of the wall in
Beltran then hammered a hanging breaking ball deep into the seats in left
"That was a tough first inning for me. I made a couple mistakes that some good
hitters took advantage of," said Francis.
The Rockies, though, answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame
after Eric Young Jr. hit a leadoff double, advanced to third on a Rutledge
groundout and crossed the plate on Carlos Gonzalez's base hit to left.
Michael Cuddyer followed with an RBI double into the right-field corner,
bringing Colorado within 4-2, but the Cardinals got a run back in the second
as Skip Schumaker hit a leadoff triple and scored on Craig's two-out single to
The Rockies failed to cut into its deficit further by stranding a man on third
in the second, second in the fourth and leaving the bases loaded in the fifth.
St. Louis made it a 6-2 game in the sixth when Beltran led off the frame with
a ground-rule double to center field and trotted home on Jon Jay's two-out
single to left.
Colorado got back within a run in the bottom of the sixth on Rutledge's three-
run blast to left-center field following a pair of two-out singles by Adam
Ottavino and Young.
The Cardinals quickly regained some cushion in the seventh with a two-run
homer over the right-center field wall by Holliday and a solo shot to
straightaway center field by Freese two batters later for a 9-5 lead.
Craig worked a one-out walk prior to Holliday's 19th home run of the season.
Craig added a two-run single in the eighth to give the Cardinals an 11-5
cushion before Todd Helton's RBI double in the ninth accounted for the final
Gonzalez has now recorded a hit in 29 straight games at Coors Field, trailing
Larry Walker's 30-game home hitting streak from May 18-July 21, 2002, as the
longest in franchise history...Lohse improved to 5-3 in 11 career starts
against Colorado...Francis fell to 6-2 in 12 appearances (11 starts) against
St. Louis...The Cardinals hit 5-for-10 with runners in scoring position, while
Colorado went 3-for-17 with RISP in the game.
08/01 01:23:13 ET