ST. LOUIS — Denied their first road series win of the year, the Colorado Rockies were still pleased with a split against the defending NL champions.
Abraham Nunez singled home the winning run in the ninth inning of the Cardinals’ 5-4 victory Sunday, giving them two wins in the four-game series against a team with the worst road record in more than two decades.
“We played in front of full houses against the best team in the National League, and we came out of here with a split,” Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. “I’d say that’s progress.”
Albert Pujols had two hits to extend his hitting streak to 15 games and Scott Rolen had two hits and an RBI for the Cardinals
“We’ve been sneaking by a couple of teams and playing just good enough to win,” Jim Edmonds said. “It’s nice to get a win out of that game. They’re a good young team.”
St. Louis reached the halfway point at 51-30, best in the NL.
“All we’ve done is put ourselves in good position,” manager Tony La Russa said. “If this is the last good stretch of baseball, our fans will never forgive us.”
The Rockies haven’t won a road series in 13 attempts this year, and 16 in a row dating to last September. They earned their second split of the year and first since a two-game series at Philadelphia from April 20-21.
Colorado matched a season best with home runs by Dustan Mohr, Luis Gonzalez and Preston Wilson.
Jay Witasick (0-3) walked Yadier Molina to open the ninth and John Mabry sacrificed. Nunez, getting a spot start at shortstop, singled to right on the first pitch and Molina scored easily with the winning run.
Ray King (2-1), pitching for the third straight day, got Aaron Miles to hit into an inning-ending double play in the ninth.
Cardinals starter Mark Mulder gave up a season-high three home runs in six innings, and has allowed seven in his past four outings. He allowed four runs and seven hits.
Miles' RBI double in the fourth gave Colorado a two-run cushion, but his fielding error to start the fifth helped the Cardinals tie it. Jennings also made an error in the fifth, dropping a relay from second on Larry Walker's groundout that allowed Nunez to score from second.