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Ubaldo Jimenez Denied Win No. 20, Rockies Lose, 1-0, In Extra Innings To Cardinals

St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) – Matt Holliday’s single combined with Ryan Spilborghs’ error in the bottom of the 11th inning allowed the St. Louis Cardinals to sneak past the Colorado Rockies, 1-0, in the third test of a season-ending four-game series from Busch Stadium.

Franklin Morales (0-4) started the home 11th on the mound for Colorado. Pinch- hitter Pedro Feliz and Colby Rasmus walked to start the frame. Holliday’s base hit to right was mishandled by Spilborghs. Feliz beat the tag at home to give St. Louis its fourth straight win.

Both starting pitchers got no-decisions despite not allowing a run. Rockies starter Ubaldo Jimenez, who was trying for his 20th win, allowed three hits to go with 10 strikeouts and two walks over eight innings. Kyle Lohse gave up three hits while fanning five and walking four over seven frames for St. Louis.

The Rockies, who have dropped seven in a row and 12 of 13, loaded the bases with one out in the 10th. Troy Tulowitzki, though, grounded into a double play.

Colorado stranded a runner on third in the top of the 11th. Jason Motte (4-2) walked Jay Payton with two outs. Payton stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error from Cards catcher Matt Pagnozzi. Chris Iannetta struck out to keep it a tie game.

The Cardinals put men on first and second with two outs in the first inning, but Mark Hamilton struck out.

Colorado put its first two men on base in the second. Tulowitzki walked and Todd Helton singled. However, Seth Smith struck out and Payton grounded into a double play.

St. Louis also failed in the third. Allen Craig walked and Rasmus reached first on Helton’s error to put men on the corners with one out. Holliday struck out prior to Rasmus going to second on a wild pitch then Hamilton grounded out to end the threat.

The Rockies wasted a prime chance in the eighth. Kyle McClellan started the inning on the mound and gave up a single to Dexter Fowler, who went to second on Rasmus’ miscue and third on sacrifice bunt. Tulowitzki was intentionally walked two batters later then Trever Miller came in from the bullpen and got Helton to fly out.

Game Notes

The Rockies and Cardinals have split six games this season…If Colorado (83-78) can win its final game on Sunday, the 2010 Rockies will hold the third most wins in a single season in Rockies history (92 in 2009, 90 in 2007). They are currently tied with the 1996 and 1997 clubs for the third most victories (83-79 in ’96 and ’97).