Cardinals fall short once again in Colorado


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Cardinals come up short again

Look at it this way, at least no one got hurt Tuesday.

About the only thing that got hurt for the St. Louis Cardinals was their chances of winning, and even then that didn’t happen until late in the game.

Michael Wacha struck out 10 batters, but his presence wasn’t enough to save the Cardinals as St. Louis fell to the Colorado Rockies, 4-3, on Tuesday at Coors Field.

Luckily for the Cardinals (38-21 overall), both teams in pursuit stumbled on Tuesday. The Pittsburgh Pirates fell 4-1 to the Milwaukee Brewers, while the Chicago Cubs fell 6-0 to the Detroit Tigers. This leaves the Cardinals 6 1/2 games in front of the Cubs and Pirates.

St. Louis took a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the sixth inning thanks to an RBI single by Peter Bourjos and a home run by Jhonny Peralta.

Unfortunately for St. Louis, Colorado standout Nolan Arenado continued his hot streak in the bottom of the sixth inning with a two-run homer that knotted the game at 2-2. An RBI double by D.J. LeMahieu and RBI single by Carlos Gonzalez gave the Rockies a 4-2 advantage.

A Bourjos homer in the eighth inning was the closest the Cardinals could come to Colorado, as St. Louis suffered its second straight loss to the Rockies and guaranteed itself a rare series loss.

Up next

St. Louis has a getaway game at 3:10 p.m. Wednesday before it gets a day off. Carlos Martinez (6-2, 2.94) has allowed just three runs in his last 32 1/3 innings, and the Cardinals hope he can come forward with another big win.

Colorado’s Chad Bettis, who is 3-0 with a 1.21 ERA in his last three starts, looks to get the Rockies a sweep.