Rosenthal got the job done, but it was hard work.
The right-hander needed 41 pitches, including 11 to shortstop Troy
Tulowitzki in a pivotal strikeout in the ninth, to complete the
Cardinals' 9-6 win over the Colorado Rockies in the rubber game of a
"Wow, that's just like two heavyweights standing in the middle of
the ring just swinging at each other," Matheny said of the
Rosenthal-Tulowitzki showdown. "That was impressive."
The Cardinals, who trailed 5-1 early, scored five times in the final
three innings to pull away.
Rosenthal, who earned his 23rd save in 26 chances, issued two walks
in the ninth, bringing Tulowitzki to the plate with one out. The
major leagues' leading hitter fouled off seven pitches. Two were
clocked at 100 mph, including the last one that Tulowitzki missed.
"He finished me off with a fastball up and away," Tulowitzki said.
"I battled. I got to at least put the ball in play. It's got to be a
Rosenthal said, "I felt like I was making good pitches on him, but
he was getting the bat on them. We tried everything, we tried to
give him some different looks. I wasn't sure what he was looking
for, because he was kind of looking for everything."
Rosenthal then retired Justin Morneau, who had six RBIs on Tuesday
night, on a fly to center to end the game.
The Cardinals took a 7-6 lead with two two-out runs in the eighth
against Adam Ottavino (0-3).
Pinch hitter Daniel Descalso's opposite-field bloop double to left
hit the foul line and tied the score. Second baseman Mark Ellis,
running on contact from first base, made it home just ahead of
catcher Wilin Rosario's tag. Third baseman Matt Carpenter followed
by grounding a run-scoring double past Ottavino.
"I don't have any answers for today," said Ottavino, who yielded
runs in six of his past eight outings. "I feel horrible that I gave
it up. I thought I made good pitches and they found holes.
"(Descalso's hit) was a foul ball until the moment that it wasn't. I
wasn't even worried when it was in the air."
As for Carpenter's hit, Ottavino said, "We had him shaded up the
middle, but it didn't matter. It got through."
Aided by throwing errors from Rosario and reliever Nick Masset, the
Cardinals added two unearned runs in the ninth when catcher Yadier
Molina and right fielder Allen Craig hit two of the Cardinals' four
sacrifice flies in the game.
The two starting pitchers, both making their major league debut,
emerged with no-decisions after similar outings.
Rockies left-hander Yohan Flande, 28, gave up four runs in five
innings, three in the fifth when first baseman Matt Adams hit a
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Cardinals lefty Marco Gonzales, 22, pitched five innings and allowed
five runs -- all in the fourth when the Rockies batted around.
Pitching near his hometown of Fort Collins, Colo., he gave up seven
hits with two walks while striking out three.
Gonzales sailed through three hitless innings before yielding five
hits in the fourth. Center fielder Drew Stubbs led off with a
first-pitch homer. Left fielder Corey Dickerson doubled home two
runs. Second baseman DJ LeMahieu singled home a run, and Flande's
slow bouncer to shortstop netted the fifth run.
"Three innings strong and the fourth inning just couldn't locate
off-speed stuff," said Gonzales, who hit a double in his first
at-bat. "From there, hitters eliminate it and they're hunting
fastballs. When your fastball's elevated, it doesn't help, either."
St. Louis reliever Pat Neshek (2-0) was the winning pitcher after he
retired the side in order in the seventh.
"It's a huge win," Matheny said. "Coming back from behind, we've got
a pup on the mound. He was really good, all things considered. First
opportunity here and the situation we put him in. It was an
incredible test, and hopefully he answered a lot of questions for
himself about himself. We had a lot of faith in what he was going to
do, and he went out there and did it."
NOTES: Rockies RHP Christian Bergman was placed on the 60-day
disabled list with a fractured left trapezium, a bone at the base of
the thumb. The Rockies purchased the contract of LHP Yohan Flande
from Triple-A Colorado Springs. Flande became the fourth starter to
make his major league debut for Colorado this season, a
single-season franchise record. ... Cardinals INF Pete Kozma was
designated for assignment, two days after being recalled from
Triple-A Memphis. St. Louis purchased the contract of LHP Marco
Gonzales from Double-A Springfield. ... Cardinals RHP Joe Kelly
(left hamstring strain) was moved from the 15- to the 60-day DL. He
will make a rehab start this weekend for Triple-A Memphis. Kelly has
already missed 64 games since going on the DL April 17, so moving
him to the 60-day DL doesn't affect when he can return and simply
opens a spot on the 40-man roster. ... Cardinals SS Jhonny Peralta
hit cleanup for the first time this season and went 1-for-4 with a
double and two RBIs.
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