Game Report: Cardinals 10, Rockies 5

By Rob Rains

Carlos Martinez wasn’t great, but he was good enough to win his first game in more than a month on Wednesday night thanks to a big night from the Cardinals’ offense.

Paul DeJong hit another homer, a two-run shot in the first inning, and Matt Carpenter and Yadier Molina also drove in two runs each as the Cardinals’ completed a sweep of the three-game series over the Rockies at Busch Stadium.

Martinez picked up his first win in seven starts dating back to June 16 despite giving up five runs in six innings. He had been 0-3 with three no-decisions in that stretch prior to Wednesday night. His ERA over the seven starts is 5.05, allowing 23 earned runs in 41 innings.

The three-game streak for the Cardinals is their longest since winning four in a row from June 28 to July 1. It’s their longest winning streak at home since winning four in a row from June 9 to 13.

On Thursday night they will make their second attempt to get back to the .500 mark for the first time since June 2.

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate:
The Cardinals broke the game open with five runs in the fourth, rallying from a 4-2 deficit. A fielder’s choice grounder with the bases loaded from Kolten Wong produced the first run, Martinez singled in a run, Carpenter’s double scored two more and a sacrifice fly from Tommy Pham capped the inning … DeJong’s homer was his second in two nights in the first inning and his 14th of the season, tying for the team lead even though he was in Memphis until May 28 … Molina’s two-run double came in the sixth and the final run scored in the seventh on a wild pitch … Randal Grichuk set a career high with four hits, all singles, two of which did not leave the infield … Harrison Bader, in his second game, had three hits with a double and a pair of infield singles and also drew a walk in the 15-hit attack, one shy of the team’s season high. The Cardinals left 10 runners on base in scoring position.

On the mound:
Martinez gave up a two-run homer to Nolan Arenado in the first inning. He has allowed at least one run in the first inning in each of his last five starts and 13 runs in the first inning in his 21 starts, including five homers. He allowed one homer and 10 total runs in the first inning in 31 starts last season … He allowed two more runs in the third and one in the fifth and finished the night with two walks and eight strikeouts … John Brebbia, Brett Cecil and Seung Hwan Oh each worked a scoreless inning of relief, although Cecil had to pitch around two hits.

Key stat:
DeJong now has eight homers and eight doubles in July, the first player to do that for the Cardinals since Johnny Mize in 1931. The eight homers is the most in July by a rookie. The last to hit seven was J.D. Drew in 1999. DeJong’s 14 homers have come in his first 49 games; the only player since 1920 to hit more in his first 50 games with the Cardinals was Albert Pujols with 16 in 2001.

Worth noting:
The Cardinals have won 22 of their last 27 games against the Rockies in St. Louis … Adam Wainwright expects to miss only one start while on the disabled list because of tightness in his back. That would set him up to return to the rotation next week in Milwaukee … Stephen Piscotty will report to Peoria on Thursday to begin what is expected to be a four-game rehab assignment, also lining him to return to the team next week against the Brewers … The Cardinals will have to make another roster move on Thursday to open a spot for Luke Weaver on the roster. Mike Mayers was called up for Wednesday night’s game but did not pitch.

Looking ahead: Weaver will make his first start for the Cardinals in place of Wainwright in the opener of the four-game series against the Diamondbacks. Weaver was 9-1 with a 1.91 ERA in 13 starts at Memphis and has three scoreless innings in two relief appearances for the Cardinals. He made eight major-league starts last season. Zack Godley is set to start for Arizona in the 6:15 p.m. game.

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