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5:15 PM PT6:15 PM MT7:15 PM CT8:15 PM ET20:15 ET0:15 GMT8:15 5:15 PM MST7:15 PM EST7:45 PM VEN4:15 UAE (+1)7:15 PM CT, July 26, 2017
Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri  Attendance: 38,162

Cardinals shoot for sweep of Rockies

According to STATS
According to STATS

Colorado Rockies at St. Louis Cardinals

  1. After dropping their first two out of the break, the Rockies have won six of seven following Sunday's 13-3 win over the Pirates. Colorado has scored 74 runs over its last seven games, tying its most ever in a seven-game span (April 26 -- May 3, 2000).
  2. The Cardinals are 19-5 when hosting the Rockies since the start of 2010. The only team with a better home record against a single opponent since then is the Royals at 19-4 versus the Rays (minimum 20 games).
  3. Mark Reynolds picked up his second multi-homer game of the season with two against Pittsburgh on Sunday. Reynolds now has 22 home runs on the season, matching his most in any of the last five seasons (22 in 2014).
  4. Randal Grichuk homered for the third consecutive game on Sunday night. Grichuk became the first Cardinal to hit a home run in three straight games at Wrigley Field since Albert Pujols did so in four in a row from April 22 -- August 20, 2007.
  5. Antonio Senzatela improved to 10-3 with the win over the Padres last Tuesday. Senzatela joined Jason Marquis as the only pitchers in Rockies history to earn the win in 10 of their first 16 starts with the club.
  6. Mike Leake allowed seven runs on 10 hits while recording just six outs at the Mets on Wednesday. It was Leake's shortest outing as a starter since picking up just five outs against the Mets on September 24, 2013.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 7/24/2017 thru 7/26/2017

ST. LOUIS -- If it feels like Beale Street North around the St. Louis Cardinals' clubhouse these days, there is good reason.

A close look reveals Tommy Pham, Paul DeJong, Randal Grichuk, Harrison Bader, Carson Kelly and Luke Voit. All of them spent time in Triple-A Memphis, which owns the Pacific Coast League's best record at 67-35.

Those guys are now giving St. Louis a much-needed lift, teaming with quality starting pitching to help the Cardinals put together consecutive wins over the Colorado Rockies. A chance for a sweep occurs Wednesday night in Busch Stadium.

The Cardinals' 3-2 victory over the Rockies on Tuesday included a two-run homer from DeJong, his 13th in 175 big-league at-bats; a sprawling catch from Pham in left that denied Charlie Blackmon a hit in the sixth; and Bader's successful big league debut.

Bader led off the ninth inning with a double into the left field corner for his first major league hit. He moved to third on Greg Garcia's sacrifice bunt and then turned Jedd Gyorko's short fly ball to right into a game-winning sacrifice fly, beating Carlos Gonzalez's accurate throw home.

"They're doing something right down there," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said of his Triple-A affiliate. "They're about 35 games over .500. They have good players and they're being prepared well.

"When they get up here, the guys make them feel welcome. That way, they feel more likely to contribute instead of having to earn their stripes."

Those reinforcements came in particularly handy on a night when St. Louis placed center fielder Dexter Fowler (left wrist strain) and veteran starting pitcher Adam Wainwright (mid-back tightness) on the 10-day disabled list.

Still, the Cardinals are only four games out of first in the National League Central despite a 49-51 record. What's more, they will have ace Carlos Martinez going to the mound Wednesday night.

Martinez (6-8, 3.34 ERA) got a no-decision Friday in an 11-4 road win over the Chicago Cubs, allowing 10 hits but only three runs (two earned) in six innings. He induced three double-play balls, helping keep St. Louis in contention until it exploded for nine runs in the eighth.

Martinez pitched well two months ago in Coors Field, permitting three runs in 7 1/3 innings, but he was outdueled by rookie Antonio Senzatela in a 10-0 defeat. In eight career outings against Colorado, Martinez is 2-1 with a 6.11 ERA in eight games (four starts).

Hard-throwing right-hander Jeff Hoffman (6-2, 5.10 ERA) gets the call for the Rockies, his first career outing against St. Louis. Hoffman is coming off a 12-5 defeat Friday night at home to Pittsburgh, when he allowed seven runs and nine hits in three innings with four walks and two strikeouts.

The Tuesday night game was played under slightly different timing rules between innings with only a 1:40 commercial break. Most regular-season games take 2:05 between innings, while nationally televised games have 2:25 breaks.

It had no effect on pace of play, though, as the game clocked in at 3 hours, 11 minutes.

"If you're asking me if I like one minute and 40 seconds over two minutes and (25) seconds, I'll take the one-forty," Colorado manager Bud Black said. "But on the other end of that, we understand what that other minute means."

Updated July 26, 2017

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