The Cardinals scored three runs in the sixth innings and three more in the seventh to break open a tie ballgame and then pull away from the Rockies in a 10-3 win.
Colby Rasmus, who had been in a horrible funk, had four hits Friday night including a pair of triples. He drove in three runs and scored two more.
Jake Westbrook got the start and the win despite only lasting through five innings. He gave up five hits and three earned runs while whiffing four and walking two.
Six Cardinals players collected two hits apiece: Ryan Theriot, Jon Jay, Albert Pujols, Lance Berkman, Allen Craig and Tyler Greene. Those players represented the first five starts in the batting order with the first five starting the game and Greene taking over for Craig in the fifth slot as a pinch runner and defensive replacement in the middle of the game.
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Craig started the winning rally in the sixth with a single and then Rasmus tripled him home to make the score 4-3 in favor of St. Louis. Catcher Yadier Molina made a productive out with a grounder to short that scored Rasmus to make it 5-3.
Daniel Descalso doubled to restart the rally. After Matt Holliday entered the game as a pinch hitter for Westbrook and drew and intentional walk, Theriot singled to drive in Descalso.
In the seventh Pujols struck out to start the inning. Berkman walked to make it first and second. Greene tried to sacrifice bunt and popped the ball up. But it landed out of the reach of the Colorado defenders to make it first and second with one out. After that, the formula from the sixth inning worked so well the Birds tried it again. Rasmus tripled to push two runs across the dish. Then Molina hit a sacrifice fly to make a second productive out and make the score 9-3.
The Rockies scored twice in the second inning and once in the third but didn't get a base hit after that as Miguel Batista, Eduardo Sanchez and Jason Motte combined for four shutout innings. Bryan Tallet, fresh of the disabled list after breaking a bone in his non-throwing hand, threw several pitchers to one hitter but couldn't record an out. He left the game with an apparent injury, although the Cardinals have not yet said what is the problem.
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Lowlight: The Cardinals can ill afford to be without Tallet. The club's only other bullpen lefty, Trever Miller, hasn't been very effective lately. Hopefully this latest problem isn't serious.