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Game 35: Cardinals 3, Rockies 0

I've seen a lot of things at the ballpark. But I've never seen a Cardinals pitcher throw a no-hitter in person.

I really thought today was going to be my shot.

Adam Wainwright chugged through 8 1/3 innings before he finally gave up his first hit of the game. While the no-no was not to be, I'll gladly take a second consecutive complete game shutout and win.

Between the lead-off hit Shelby Miller surrendered in the first inning Friday and the first hit against Wainwright, the Cardinals retired 48 Colorado batters in a row. There wasn't a no hitter in the mix. But I can't recall seeing a better pair of back-to-back games from St. Louis starting pitchers.

The Redbirds offense wasn't nearly as efficient. It cranked out 13 hits -- and left the bases loaded with one out twice -- to score only three runs. But Wainwright made it stand up and the Cardinals clinched the series win with a chance to go for the sweep on Sunday.

Allen Craig had three hits in three at-bats. Matt Carpenter, Jon Jay, Matt Holliday and Yadier Molina each had two hits. 

Cardinals Player of the Game: Wainwright who improved to 5-2 on the season with a 2.30 ERA. He struck out seven and walked one. He's allowing .99 base runners per inning pitched.

Cardinals Play of the Game: Just before the no-hitter was broken up, Todd Helton hit a grounder deep between first and second base. Matt Carpenter made a very good ranging play to get to the ball and then a better throw to record the out and temporarily save the no-no.

Lowlight: The bottom order couldn't drive the baserunners in. Matt Adams stranded five, David Freese left four and Pete Kozma -- who struck out three times -- and Wainwright each stranded six.