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Cardinals at Rockies, July 8, final

The Cardinals managed only five hits Thursday as they were swept away by the Rockies.

Unlike the previous two contests, the Birds didn't blow a healthy lead in the ninth. They fell behind early in this one and never really threatened after that.

With the loss, the Birds fell to only five games over .500 and are starting to see the tail lights of the first place Reds dim in the distance. I'm sure fans were hoping to see what this team was made of after a heartbreaking loss Tuesday night. Unfortunately, it's soft serve ice cream and the freezer is on the fritz.

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Cardinals shortstop Brendan Ryan flings his bat after striking out in the second inning Thursday in Colorado. Ryan was 0-for-2 and his batting average fell to .196 for the season. AP photo.

Cardinals Star of the Game
: Jon Jay was 2-for-3, the only St. Louis player with more than one hit. He scored one of the Redbirds runs and drove in the other.

Cardinals Play of the Game: Jay's ninth inning double. Why not?

Lowlight: Yadier Molina grounded into a double play in the seventh and grounded out to end the ninth. He's hitting .176 over the last four weeks.

Ninth inning:

The Cardinals scored in the ninth to cut the lead to 4-2 and had the tying run at the plate in the form of Yadier Molina for the second time in three innings. And, like the time previously, Molina grounded out to end the threat. That's a loser.

Seventh inning:

The Cardinals got the tying run to the plate in the top of the inning with one out. Matt Holliday singled and Jon Jay walked. Yadier Molina came to the dish... and hit into a double play. 4-1 Colorado.

Chris Carpenter has been lifted. He threw six innings and allowed four runs -- three earned -- on nine hits and two walks. Two of his runs were permitted to score in the first. But, while he only allowed one more earned run in the next five innings, he didn't strike out anyone after the second.

Fifth inning:

Cardinals rookie outfielder Jon Jay doubles in the fifth and the Redbirds cracked the scoreboard when Yadier Molina moved him to third and then Brendan Ryan pushed him home with ground outs. It's not much. But it's a small ball run from a part of the Cardinals batting order that can't be expected to do much. Molina's in an awful slump and Ryan is hitting .197 with a strikeout.

The St. Louis defense bites its pitcher again. Colby Rasmus played a single into a double by taking his sweet time getting the ball back in -- and then making a lousy throw on top of it. An opposite field flare off the bat of Jason Giambi plates the run and the Cardinals are again down by three, 4-1.

Third inning:

If Chris Carpenter is healthy, he sure isn't pitching like it. The Cardinals ace has given up six hits and three runs through three innings in Colorado. He also walked one -- but he's struck out three.

Through three innings, Carpenter has thrown 61 pitches while Rockies starter Ubaldo Jiminez -- who originally wasn't supposed to start this series because his club wanted to give him some extra rest -- is cruising along with 32 pitches thrown.

Cardinals batsmen have managed just one hit -- a double off the bat of Colby Rasmus in the first.