Ian Stewart, who hit the Rockies’ first three-run home run of the season Wednesday against the Astros, added another in the seventh inning Friday night. In his past three games, Stewart is 7-for-13 with two home runs and seven RBI. He has raised his batting average from a .175 to .214 during the stretch
Stewart’s home run was the 10th by a Rockies second basemen this season, tying Rockies catchers for the team lead by position.
The Rockies had scored just 14 runs in Jorge De La Rosa‘s previous 10 starts this season.
Despite the big seventh inning Friday, the inning has been the team’s worst so far this season. Coming into the game, the Rockies had been outscored 51-20 in the seventh. Even after the nine-run outburst, the Rockies have a 24-run deficit.
Carlos Gonzalez, who was recalled by the Rockies after Thursday’s game, was expected to start Friday but was scratched after his flight arrived too late for him to stretch and take batting practice before the game. Gonzalez made his Rockies debut when he replaced Dexter Fowler in center field in the bottom of the seventh.
In addition to Gonzalez, the Rockies reinstated Matt Daley from the disabled list. To make room for Gonzalez and Daley, the Rockies optioned Matt Murton to Colorado Springs and designated Jason Grilli for assignment.
The Rockies and Cardinals meet in the second game of the series Saturday at 5:15 p.m. Aaron Cook (3-3, 4.94) will face Todd Wellemeyer (5-5, 5.05).