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"The question that I'm trying to make sense out of even more so is those opportunities offensively that have escaped us, where you've got multiple runners and you come away with nothing," manager Jim Tracy said. "You've got people coming up there that you would absolutely want up there in those kinds of scenarios."
Molina and Skip Schumaker gave the Cardinals breathing room with run-scoring singles in the seventh off Edgar Gonzalez, making his first major league appearance since Sept. 27, 2009 when he was with Oakland.
Jackson (2-1) has a 4.62 ERA in four starts over 25 1-3 innings with six homers since coming to St. Louis in a deal that sent outfielder Colby Rasmus to the Blue Jays. The right-hander needed 37 pitches to get through the first inning but trailed only 2-0 after striking out Ianetta with the bases loaded, and allowed two runs in 5 1-3 innings.
Jackson thought the lengthy first inning might have factored into the cramping issue, because he said he had been well-hydrated.
"I was trying to stay in, but they definitely had to take precautionary measures," Jackson said. "They didn't want something small to turn into something big."
The first four Cardinals to reach base scored against Rogers. But St. Louis left the bases loaded in the third when Rafael Furcal flied out on the first pitch after Rogers walked Jackson and stranded two in the fifth when Skip Schumaker grounded into a double play.
NOTES: Furcal turned an exceptional double play at SS in the fourth, snaring Ianetta's grounder behind second, reaching back to tag second and then finishing with a strong relay. ... The Cardinals begin a three-game series at Pittsburgh on Monday night, with Jake Westbrook (9-6, 4.74) facing James McDonald (7-6, 4.24) in the opener. Westbrook has a 75.5 percent ground ball ratio, best in the majors, since joining the Cardinals at the trade deadline last season. ... Kevin Milwood (0-1, 3.86) makes his second start for the Rockies, who return home to face the Marlins and Clay Hensley (1-4, 4.50). ... Cardinals manager Tony La Russa visited with Colts quarterback Peyton Manning on Saturday.
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