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Justin Morneau and the Colorado Rockies End Skid, Beat Cardinals 10-5

June 25th, 2014 at 5:05 AM
By Joe Lemere
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Rockies fans rejoice! After the ups of a dramatic five-game winning streak, the Colorado Rockies found themselves in a seven-game slide. But that all ended Tuesday night when the Blake Street Bombers remembered how to win as they beat the St. Louis Cardinals 10-5 at Coors Field.

After being shutout for the first time at home Monday, the Rockies came back to put up double digits on a team that has allowed the fewest runs in the National League. Most of the offensive firepower was provided by Justin Morneau. Morneau went 3-for-5 with 6 RBI, half of which came on a big fly to right that proved to be the winning hit. At this point, he is batting .304 with 13 home runs and is second in the NL in RBI at 57. It would be a huge snub if Morneau isn't an All-Star this year. It's not even halfway through the year, but it's safe to say Justin Morneau was the best of the Rockies' offseason acquisitions.

It wasn't just a one-man show out there, though, the Rockies put up 17 hits on the Cards including six guys with a multi-hit game. And not to be forgotten was Drew Stubbs' MONSTER pinch-hit home run to left that nearly ended up on the concourse. Rockies pinch-hitters this year are hitting .288 with 3 HR and 17 RBI. Even with all the injuries, the best bench in baseball is in Colorado.

Shelby Miller started for the Cardinals, but lasted only 2 2/3 innings, walking five and giving up three runs before exiting the game with back tightness. The Rockies sent Jorge De La Rosa to the mound, and despite not having his best stuff in the middle innings, picked up the win. He went seven innings, struck out three and gave up five runs, four of them earned. De La Rosa's record now sits at 7-6 and is clearly the ace of a battered and bruised starting rotation. To that point, the club announced before the game that Christian Bergman will miss around six weeks with… you guessed it, a hand injury. That's now five guys on the DL with some sort of hand issue.

The offense came to life, the starting pitcher went seven and the bullpen shut the Cards down. An all-around solid win for the Rockies on Tuesday. Their winning streak is now at one, but they can make it two with a series win on Wednesday.

Tags: Baseball, Colorado, Colorado Rockies, Drew Stubbs, Jorge De La Rosa, Justin Morneau, MLB

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