For the third game in a row a Cardinals pitcher who had won five games failed to get a sixth win. Right-hander Joel Pineiro was touched for 10 hits, all singles, in five innings.
"I got singled to death," said Pineiro. "One of those days that a lot of balls found the holes. Not much you can do."
The Cardinals went 0-for-4 with men in scoring position and are 1-for-15 for the series and 6-for-50 in the first seven games of an eight-game home stand.
ROCKIES 7, CARDINALS 2: The Cardinals took their first lead of the series on a rare, two-run sacrifice fly by 1B Albert Pujols in the first inning. But RHP Joel Pineiro, who held a 2-1 lead into the sixth, then allowed four straight singles and was removed from the game. RHP Kyle McClellan was raked for the final four runs in the eighth.