Jun 10, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Carlos Martinez (18) delivers a pitch in the third inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
After taking the first two games of the series, the Colorado Rockies went for a sweep against the highly-regarded St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday afternoon.
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Carlos Martinez shut out the Colorado Rockies until the seventh inning, and except for one swing of the bat by Ben Paulsen, the Rox couldn’t muster any offense that stuck, losing 4-2 Wednesday afternoon to the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Cardinals started the scoring early, when pitcher Carlos Martinez scored on a single to left field by Matt Carpenter, pushing the Redbirds out to a 1-0 lead off Rockies’ starter Chad Bettis.
St. Louis then got a second run in the inning when Kolten Wong scored on a wild pitch from Bettis, who was able to escape the jam otherwise unscathed.
In the fifth, the Cardinals pushed across one more run on an RBI double by Matt Reynolds, and Bettis’ day came to a close early after getting out of the frame.
Bettis, who had been going deep into games of late, ended up tossing five innings, allowing the three runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out six batters. He threw 55 of his 91 pitches for strikes, though he couldn’t quite match his counterpart, Martinez, who tossed a magnificent game up until the seventh inning.
Working to try to stave off a sweep by the Rockies, Martinez was lights-out up until the seventh, when, after a lead-off walk and a fielder’s choice, Ben Paulsen uncorked a one-out, two-run home run for the Rockies to close the gap to 3-2.
Martinez was removed from the game at that point, though the Rockies wouldn’t score again in that frame and found themselves facing a 3-2 deficit heading into the final two innings.
After two scoreless relief innings by Christian Bergman, Tommy Kahnle came in for the eighth with the Rox down by one, and promptly allowed a solo home run to Randal Girchuk to build the lead back to two runs for the Cardinals.
The Rockies couldn’t score in the eighth or ninth innings, and went down quietly, settling for a series victory instead of the full sweep against St. Louis.
The Rockies will now travel to Miami, where they take on the Marlins for four games beginning Thursday evening.