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Holliday's 4 RBIs lead Cardinals past Rockies

Tuesday, July 31, 2012 | 11:07 p.m. CDT; updated 11:21 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 31, 2012
St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Holliday, right, congratulates Carlos Beltran, left, after Beltran hit a two-run home run in the first inning of Tuesday's game against the Colorado Rockies in Denver.

DENVER — Matt Holliday homered, doubled and drove in four runs, and Kyle Lohse worked through an erratic outing to win his fifth consecutive decision and lift the St. Louis Cardinals over the Colorado Rockies 11-6 Tuesday night.

Carlos Beltran and David Freese also homered and Allen Craig went 3-for-3 with two walks and three RBIs to help the Cardinals rebound from successive losses. The Rockies dropped to 0-4 on their homestand and have lost seven of eight overall.

Lohse (11-2), who also beat the Rockies three weeks ago in St. Louis, gave up nine hits and five runs in six innings, breaking a string of 10 consecutive quality starts. He struck out five and walked two.

He got more than enough offensive support, though, and the newly reinforced Cardinals bullpen pitched in with three innings of one-run ball. In a trade completed earlier Tuesday, St. Louis acquired right-handed reliever Edward Mujica from the Miami Marlins for minor league infielder Zack Cox.

Rockies starter Jeff Francis (3-3) went four innings, his second shortest outing since he lasted only 3 1/3 innings in his initial start on June 9 for the Rockies. He allowed six hits and five runs, struck out two and walked none.

Trailing 6-2 in the sixth, the Rockies pulled to within one on Josh Rutledge's three-run homer off Lohse.

Reliever Adam Ottavino got his first major league hit, a single, with two outs. Eric Young Jr. followed with a single to right, and Rutledge followed with a drive over the left field wall for his third home run of the season.

But the Cardinals came right back in the seventh to rebuild a four-run cushion. Craig drew a one-out walk, and Holliday, formerly of the Rockies, followed with a home run over the center field wall, his 19th of the year. One out later, Freese extended his hitting streak to 11 games by connecting with his 15th home run.

Craig singled for a third time in the eighth, scoring Skip Schumaker and pinch-hitter Matt Carpenter after they each singled and advanced on a sacrifice.

St. Louis jumped to a 4-0 lead before Francis, who had been 6-1 in 11 previous outings against the Cardinals, recorded an out.

Francis hit Daniel Descalso, the first batter he faced, with a pitch, and Craig followed with a single. Holliday scored them both with a double to the center field fence, and Beltran drove Francis' first offering deep into the left field bleachers for his 24th home run.

The Rockies answered in their half of the first. Young led off with a double that went over the head of Holliday in left field.

One out later, Carlos Gonzalez brought him home with a single to left that extended his hitting streak at Coors Field to 29 games, one shy of Larry Walker's team record, set during the 2002 season.

Michael Cuddyer followed with a run-scoring double to center.

St. Louis added single runs in the second and sixth innings. Schumaker tripled and scored on Craig's single to right to put the Cardinals up 5-2, and St. Louis went up by four when Beltran doubled and scored on a single by Jon Jay.

Todd Helton had an RBI double for the Rockies in the ninth.


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