The Cardinals prevailed Thursday night in the first game of the National League All Meltdown Series.
A rejuvenated Chris Carpenter and an 11-hit attack dealt the Rockies their 10th loss in 11 games by a 6-1 score.
The Redbirds scored one run in the first and two in both the second and third innings to take a five-run lead that they never surrendered. Colorado's only run came in the six inning on a wild pitch.
A few games ago Albert Pujols seemed like he was in danger of finishing a season under .300 for the first time in his decade-long career. But he had two more hits in three at bats Thursday to raise his average to .315 and put him out of danger. Pujols also seemed like he wouldn't lead St. Louis starters in batting average for the first time in his career. But Matt Holliday, who led the club a week ago, is hitting .311 after a 1-for-3 night.
Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter ended his 2010 season on a high note with a complete game against Colorado. AP photo.
Skip Schumaker and Matt Pagnozzi also collected two hits apiece on the night.
Carpenter, who had struggled lately, pitched a complete game and only allowed four hits and two walks. He'll finish the season 16-9 with a 3.22 ERA.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Carpenter
Cardinals Play of the Game: Albert Pujols's RBI double in the first to give the Redbirds the lead. It was his 118th RBI of the year.
Lowlight: Allen Craig was the only Cardinals position player not to get a hit. He was 0-for-3 with three runners stranded on base to see his average drop to .236.