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Cards Fall To Josh Rutledge And Rockies 8-2, Finish 3-3 On Road Trip

The St. Louis Cardinals lost to the Colorado Rockies on Thursday night by a score of 8-2. Lance Lynn had another quality start, throwing six innings while giving up two earned runs and seven hits, but failed to get the victory as Fernando Salas (1-4) suffered the loss after giving up three runs in the seventh inning, including a two-run home run by rookie Josh Rutledge, his fourth in four games.

Down 1-0, the Cardinals tied the game in the sixth inning when Jon Jay hit an RBI triple to drive in Skip Schumaker. White then proceded to intentionally walk Matt Holliday and decided to face Carlos Beltran, who subsequently hit an RBI double to give the Cards a 2-1 lead. Rex Brothers, who has not allowed a hit to right-handed batter since July 16, came in to face Lance Berkman and forced him into a double play.

Unfortunately in the bottom of the inning, Lynn gave the run right back though as he allowed a sacrifice fly to Jordan Pachecho, leading to Salas’s meltdown in which he gave up three earned runs in a mere 1/3 of an inning. Barret Browning and Brian Fuentes did not help very much, giving up another three runs, pretty much eliminating any chance the Cards have of coming back.

This was certainly an irritating game to watch, as I thought the Cardinals had it in the bag after Beltran’s double. I also wonder how often it is that your catcher (particularly a backup catcher as was the case tonight with Tony Cruz) throws out two runners in a game (and in very key situations), and you end up losing the game. This game was just yet another case of quality starting pitching, poor relief, and an inability to get in runners in scoring position. The Cards went 1-for-6 with RISP tonight and was certainly one of the major differences in this ball game.

What’s Next: The Cardinals come back home to face the Milwaukee Brewers for the first game of a weekend series on Friday night where Joe Kelly (1-4, 2.96) will take on Randy Wolf (3-7, 5.45). It is also possible that we see Rafael Furcal in the lineup on Friday night, as the stiffness in his back is improving. At the very least, it looks like Furcal will avoid the disabled list and will be back in the lineup by the end of the weekend. Friday night’s game begins at 7:15 CST and can be seen on Fox Sports Midwest.

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