Game Report: Rockies 10, Cardinals 0

The Cardinals played their 99th game in franchise history in Colorado on Friday night, and they hope they play at least another 99 before they have another game like the opener of this three-game series.

For only the third time in those 99 games, the Cardinals were shut out, collecting only five hits, with four of those hitters then erased when the next batter grounded into a double play.

Carlos Martinez allowed only three of the runs as the Rockies scored eight runs in the eighth inning, seven coming after Martinez left the game, to record their most lopsided shutout of the Cardinals in franchise history in either Denver or St. Louis.

The only other times the Rockies shut out the Cardinals in Denver was in 2001 and 2006.

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate: Facing 22-year-old right-hander Antonio Senzatela, the only Cardinals’ hitter to reach second base, and be left on base, was Randal Grichuk. He doubled leading off the sixth, went to third on a fly ball but stayed there as Martinez struck out and Dexter Fowler grounded out … One of the singles came from Yadier Molina in the second, which extended his hitting streak to 15 games, equaling the second longest streak of his career. He hit in 16 consecutive games last year.

On the mound: Martinez allowed only two runs through the first seven innings, single runs in the third and fourth innings. He struck out nine and walked two, leaving the game after Charlie Blackman’s homer with one out in the eighth … Matt Bowman relieved and retired only one of the four batters he faced, giving up a two-run homer to Mark Reynolds … Miguel Socolovich then took over and allowed five consecutive hits, producing four more runs, before he got the final out of the inning against the 12th Colorado hitter of the inning.

Key stat:
The seven runs allowed by Bowman and Socolovich in just two-thirds of an inning increased the combined ERA for the Cardinals’ relievers this season from 4.22 to 4.63.

Worth noting: The franchise record for the longest hitting streak by a Cardinals’ catcher is 20 games by Walker Cooper in 1944. Ted Simmons had two 19-game streaks in his career … Stephen Piscotty left the team before Friday night’s game because of a personal situation with his family in California. No other information was available, and it was not known when he will return … Jose Martinez began a rehab assignment with the Class A Palm Beach Cardinals on Friday night and went 2-of-5 with a double and two RBIs.

Looking ahead: Adam Wainwright will get the start in the second game of the series on Saturday, when they will face another pitcher they have never seen before, left-hander Kyle Freeland.