Game Report: Rockies 11, Cardinals 1

The Cardinals just can’t get 10 games over .500.

For the ninth time this season, they had a chance to get to that level on Wednesday but were blown out by the Rockies in Denver. They are now 0-9 in those games.

Nolan Arenado hit a grand slam off Luke Weaver in the second inning to ignite the rout, which snapped the Cardinals’ four-game winning streak.

Despite the loss the Cardinals remained tied for the wild card spots with both the Mets and Giants, who lost their games on Wednesday night. There are 10 games remaining in the regular season. .

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate: The Cardinals’ only run came in the second inning when Jeremy Hazelbaker had a leadoff double and came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Kolten Wong … The Cardinals had only one other baserunner get as far as second base until the ninth. Aledmys Diaz singled with one out in the fifth and went to second on a ground out … Matt Adams had a pinch-hit double with one out in the ninth … Carson Kelly made his second career start as Yadier Molina got the day off and went 1-for-3 and also was hit by a pitch.

On the mound
: Weaver had his second consecutive rough start, allowing six runs in just two innings. He gave up seven hits, walked one and allowed a sacrifice fly to the 14 hitters that he faced … Jaime Garcia made his second relief appearance and turned in four scoreless innings, retiring 12 of the 13 hitters he faced … The Rockies blew the game open with five runs in the seventh, four of which were charged to Dean Kiekhefer. Two of those runs scored after Jonathan Broxton relieved Kiekhefer and gave up a three-run homer to the first hitter he faced, Tom Murphy.

Key stat: Brandon Moss was 0-for-2, and since Aug. 27, has gone 6-for-76 with two homers and five RBIs in 22 games, including 21 starts. Moss has struck out in 30 of those 76 at-bats and has drawn only six walks. He has hit either third or fourth in 17 of those starts.

Of note: The Cardinals have allowed three grand slams this year, all off rookie pitchers, Kiekhefer IJayson Werth), Mike Mayers (Adrian Gonzalez) and now Weaver … It was only the second grand slam allowed by the Cardinals in a game at Coors Field. The other was hit by Yorvit Torrealba off Braden Looper on May 29, 2007 … Weaver’s throwing error, on a pickoff throw to first, was the 21st error by Cardinal pitchers, two less than league-leading Milwaukee … Matt Holliday could face a “live” pitcher in a batting practice session over the weekend in Chicago, a step he has to pass before he will be added to the active roster.

Looking ahead:
After Thursday’s day off, the Cardinals will play three games in Chicago, the final road series of the season. Mike Leake will face Jake Arrieta in Friday’s 1:20 p.m. opener.