Cardinals nick Rockies 5-4 on hit batsman with bases loaded in ninth

Rick Hummel, St. Louis Post-Dispatch on

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ST. LOUIS — The Cardinals have won 75% of their games at Busch Stadium against the National League Western Division since 2019. They are 36-12 against their far-flung visitors after a 5-4 win over the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night.

Never mind that, during the same time, the Cardinals are 14-25 on the road against the NL West. There will be six key games in San Diego and Los Angeles next month, but that’s next month.

For now, the Cardinals are 13 wins over .500 for the first time this season.

The Cardinals’ hitting star was Paul Goldschmidt, who hit his 29th homer and drove in three runs. The pitching stars were starter Jose Quintana, who pitched five hitless innings before the Rockies got four successive singles in the sixth, and Jordan Hicks, who bailed Quiintana out of a bases-loaded, no-out spot, allowing just one run to score.

Colorado's Dinelson Lamet was not the a pitching star. He walked Andrew Knizner and Lars Nootbaar to start the Cardinals' ninth. He threw wide of first after fielding Dylan Carlson's sacrifice bunt attempt and then hit left fielder Tyler O'Neill in the left arm with a pitch to force home the winning run.

Arenado robs Grichuk of double


Cardinals third baseman Nolan Arenado narrowly missed a third-deck home run in the Cardinals’ first before settling for a single.

Then Arenado then snatched a potential double from former Cardinal Randal Grichuk in the Rockies’ second. Arenado dived to his right for Grickuk's smash and, from one knee, fired to first where his slightly off-line throw was gathered in by fellow Gold Glover Goldschmidt, who applied the tag on Grichuk. Quintana appreciated these efforts and then made a play himself, spearing a hard comebacker by former Cardinals farmhand Elehuris Montero to end the inning.

Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong then contributed a short-hop pickup of Connor Joe’s smash to end the Rockies’ third.

Quintana hitless through five


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