Lance Lynn (8-5, 2.09) pitched 8 shut-out innings, followed by a perfect 9th from Randy Choate and Jason Motte, and Matt Adams homered twice for 6 RBI as the St Louis Cardinals shellacked the Colorado Rockies 8-0, sending Colorado to its 7th consecutive loss. Jhoulys Chacin (1-6, 4.84) took the loss for the Rockies, working 6 innings and allowing 5 runs on 4 hits with 3 walks and a hit batsman. He struck-out 4.
Chacin was cool through the first 2, then he hit Mark Ellis leading-off the 3rd. After a sacrifice bunt the right-hander walked Matt Carpenter, then former teammate Matt Holliday doubled to plate Ellis. Adams singled to knock-in Carpenter and Holliday, and St Louis was up 3-0, 2 of the runs reaching without benefit of a hit. In the 4th Chacin walked lead-off hitter Jon Jay, and he became a third Cardinal to reach without a hit and score when Jhonny Peralta followed with a double. Adams took Chacin deep in the 5th for his third RBI and a 5-0 St Louis advantage.
Lynn meanwhile was “processing” the Colorado offense. Corey Dickerson had a one out single in the 1st, but Lynn subsequently ran through 16 consecutive Rockies until Charlie Blackmon grounded a single to right with 2 out in the 6th. Dickerson followed with his second single of the night, and suddenly Colorado had a genuine rally going-on, but Lynn got Troy Tulowitzki to pop-out to right for the 3rd out.
Frankie Morales came-on for Chacin in the 7th and got right into the spirit of things, walking Lynn, on for his 4th at-bat, leading-off, then “hitting” (the Rockies appealed home-plate ump Will Little’s call and lost— what they were looking at in New York I couldn’t tell you) Carpenter to put 2 more on board without benefit of a hit for Adams’ 4th, 5th, and 6th RBI and second big fly. Frankie stayed-on for the 8th and got out of it clean despite another walk to Peralta, and Matt Belisle finished it with a 1-2-3 9th.
The Rockies have to go through Shelby Miller to avoid matching the 8-game losing streak they orchestrated earlier in the month. They’ll turn to Jorge De La Rosa, who stunk up Los Angeles the day Clayton Kershaw had his virtual Perfect Game. It’ll be the middle of 3 games in Denver, starting at 6:40 MDT at Coors Field in LoDo.