Dotel rises, Rogers falls in Rockies latest Sunday loss
The Colorado Rockies stumbled badly on the national stage and lost their 17th straight Sunday game, falling 6-2 to the St. Louis Cardinals.blew an early lead, and Octavio Dotel, of all people, struck out and with the bases loaded in the seventh.
The Rockies staked Rogers to a 2-0 lead in the first inning but could have inflicted much more damage on Edwin Jackson in his 37-pitch first. Afterhomered and Tulowitzki singled home a run, Jackson issued two walks and had to face with the bases loaded and two out. Jackson struck him out.
Rogers promptly gave up four runs in the bottom of the first. The Rockies were trailing 4-2 in the seventh when Dotel, who pitched in eight games for the Rockies late last season and looked to be about done, came in with the bases loaded and one out. Dotel made quick work of Tulowitzki and Helton, striking both out on five pitches _ Tulowitzki swinging and Helton called.
The Rockies hit into three double plays, went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position and stranded nine runners. Singles by Helton andput runners on first and second with one out in the sixth. Jackson went to 3-0 on and had to leave with a right hamstring strain. No problem. Jason Motte came on and got Wigginton to fly out and Iannetta to ground back to him.
Kyle McClellan gave up singles in the seventh to pinch hitterand Ellis and got an out on a fielder’s choice. Left-hander Arthur Rhodes walked Gonzalez and gave way to Dotel, 37, who put his foot on the Rockies throat as he retired the six batters he faced, four on strikeouts, starting with Tulowitzki and Helton.
Rogers gave up seven walks, one intentional, and six hits in five innings and four runs, all in the first, in his 107-pitch workday. He began the inning by walking Rafael Furcal and with one out gave up mammoth home run to Albert Pujols, his 29th of the year. The Cardinals estimated the blast went 465 feet to left-center, making it the longest homer in new Busch Stadium.
Rogers then walked Matt Holliday and after getting Lance Berkman to fly out, Rogers couldn’t end matters. He gave up back-to-back doubles to David Freese and Yadier Molina, giving the Cardinals a 4-2 lead.
Edgar Gonzalez, making his Rockies debut _ he joined the team Wednesday and is wearing No. 38 which belonged to_ gave up a single to Pujols in the seventh but got Holliday to ground into a double play. Gonzalez then gave up a single to Berkman, walked Freese and gave up run-scoring singles to Molina and Skip Schumaker. Molina’s ball fell near the right field line but seemingly could have been caught for the third out by right fielder Smith with something resembling a decent effort.
Not that it likely would have mattered. After all, this was Sunday.
_ The Rockies went 3-4 on their road trip. Largely because of their Sunday futility, they are 3-11 in rubber games and 13-27 in series finales.
_ The Rockies dropped to fourth place, a half game behind the Dodgers. The Rockies are a season-worst 10 games under .500 for the second time in three days and are a season-most 12 1/2 games behind.
_ Pitching for the first time since Tuesday, retired the side in order in the sixth.
_ Rogers lost for the first time on the road this season. He’s 6-2, 6.00 overall and 5-1, 4.33 on the road. Rogers has pitched a total of 45 innings this season and has allowed 27 walks. His seven walks were a career-high. Rogers had never walked more than four in a game and did that twice this season on April 13 at New York in 5 2/3 innings and April 25 at Chicago in 5 1/3 innings.
_Gonzalez pitched in the majors for the first time since Sept. 27, 2009, when he was with the A’s.