Troy Tulowitzki hit a three-run homer in the first and David Hale threw seven effective innings, lifting the Colorado Rockies to an 11-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday night.
Hale (2-0) was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque to make a spot start and retired the opening nine batters before surrendering a solo homer to Kolten Wong. The right-hander allowed three runs and struck out seven.
Nolan Arenado added a two-run homer as the Rockies roughed up John Lackey (4-4), who surrendered 10 runs – eight earned – and 12 hits in four innings. His ERA rose from 2.93 to 3.74.
St. Louis had a scary moment in the second when left fielder Matt Holliday fell awkwardly trying to chase down a bloop double by Carlos Gonzalez. Holliday grabbed his right leg and lay on the ground before gingerly walking off. The team said he suffered a right quadriceps strain.
Things went sideways for the Cardinals on the first batter, when Wong flubbed Charlie Blackmon’s routine grounder. That paved the way for a five-run frame, which included Tulowitzki’s homer along with RBI singles from Nick Hundley and Brandon Barnes.
Tulowitzki has been on quite a tear over his last eight games, going 17 for 31 to raise his average from .266 to .310.
DJ LeMahieu and Ben Paulsen each finished with three hits to help the Rockies improve to 4-4 on their 10-game homestand. Gonzalez had the catch of the night in the seventh as he lunged head-first to snare Peter Kozma’s sinking liner in shallow right.
In an 11-3 game, no less.
Hale was brought back up to join a rotation thinned by an injury to Jordan Lyles, who’s out after undergoing surgery to fix a torn ligament in his left big toe.
Although this was Hale’s third start this season, it was the first time he’s been added to the 25-man roster. His other two appearances were when he was added as a 26th man during doubleheaders.
One of the highlights of Hale’s outing was striking out the side in the second. He made two mistakes, leaving a changeup over the plate to Wong in the fourth and elevating a fastball that Jon Jay hit for a solo homer in the sixth. Jay entered the game as a replacement for Holliday.
Cardinals: RHP Lance Lynn is dealing with some forearm tightness in the aftermath of Sunday’s start against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Manager Mike Matheny said team trainers are monitoring Lynn and noted that with Thursday’s off day, the pitchers in the Cardinals’ rotation will have an extra day of rest. “It’s something we’re going to watch,” Matheny said. … Holliday’s strained quadriceps will be evaluated Tuesday.
Rockies: Reliever Rafael Betancourt went on the 15-day DL with what the team called vertigo symptoms. The right-hander has been dealing with a sinus infection for the last few weeks that’s zapped his strength. “I need to take care of this now and get better physically,” Betancourt said.
Cardinals: RHP Michael Wacha (8-1, 2.18) leads the majors in road wins with six.
Rockies: LHP Jorge De La Rosa (2-2, 6.15) was effective in his last outing despite a cut on his middle finger. With Colorado, he’s 5-2 against St. Louis.