The Bottom Line: The Rockies struck first, plating one in the 2nd, but the Cardinals countered with three runs in the 3rd; Matt Holliday hit an RBI double was then driven in on Jhonny Peralta‘s 2-run homer, his 21st of the season. Peralta is second among Major League shortstops in home runs . St. Louis tagged on another run in the 8th when Yadier Molina came home on a wild pitch.

Rookie Marco Gonzales pitched 5 2/3 innings of one run ball, earning the win, his third in as many decisions. Trevor Rosenthal picked up his 43rd save, touching 100 mph and striking out the side. Rosenthal now is one save away from the NL lead. The Cardinals are 23-2 when Rosenthal comes into a game.

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What’s Next: Lance Lynn (15-9, 2.73 ERA), who pitched a stellar 3-hit complete game loss in his last start faces Wily Peralta (16-10, 3.75 ERA) and the Brewers who are treading water to regain the second wild card spot after holding the lead in the NL Central for most of the season.