ST. LOUIS — Rookie Shelby Miller fired a one-hitter and struck out a career-high 13 on Friday night to lead the St. Louis Cardinals over Colorado 3-0 at Busch Stadium. Miller allowed a leadoff single to Eric Young Jr. in the first, then retired the final 27 hitters to complete his first professional shutout in 86 starts, including 78 in the minor leagues. Miller equaled a single-game strikeout record by a Cardinals rookie pitcher.
How it went
Pete Kozma had an RBI single, Carlos Beltran homered and Jon Jay had a sacrifice fly to provide the offense against Rockies starter Jon Garland, who tumbled to 1-6 in his career against the Cardinals. Jay singled with two outs in the second. After David Freese walked, Kozma singled to right to score Jay. Beltran homered with one out in the third, his ninth of the season and the third of his career against Garland (2-3). The first two came in 2003 and 2004. Matt Holliday walked in the fifth and went to third one out later on Yadier Molina's double that set up Jay's sacrifice fly to center. Miller slipped called third strikes past Troy Tulowitzki three times. The Rockies were caught looking at third strikes eight times.
By the numbers
Miller (5-2) lowered his ERA to 1.58. He threw 113 pitches, 84 for strikes. ... The Cardinals' starting rotation improved to 20-7 with a 2.20 ERA. ... Molina, who extended his hitting streak to 10 games, is 9-for-12 (.750) in his career against Garland. ... Beltran and Molina had two hits apiece. ... Miller's previous strikeout high was eight, accomplished twice. ... Holliday is batting .372 (32-for-86) against the Rockies, his former team.