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Rockies Vs. Cardinals: Colorado Offense Quiet Again, Drop Series Opener To St. Louis, 6-1

Starters Kyle Lohse and Aaron Cook matched each other’s superb outings for the first five innings, but the Cardinals finally struck in the bottom of the sixth against Cook for the deciding runs.

The St. Louis Cardinals scored the first run of the game in the second inning as David Freese hit a sharp liner to right field that scored Lance Berkman, who had hit a double off the center field wall.

Colorado Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez tied the game with a no doubt home run to right center field off Lohse to start off the fourth inning. The Rockies would load the bases in that inning, but failed to score as Berkman caught a Cook liner in right field, ending the threat.

The Cardinals would put the game out of reach with a series of infield hits and bloop doubles in the bottom of the sixth inning, as they scored five runs while batting around — including six hits and an intentional walk. Matt Holliday was the difference maker as his sharply hit grounder bounced over Chris Nelson’s head and down the left field line for a double, giving the Cardinals a 6-1 lead that would hold for the remainder of the game.

Aaron Cook (2-7) was charged with the loss; Kyle Lohse (10-7) earned his tenth victory of the season.