put a damper on
's homecoming along with the hopes of all the teams chasing them for NL wild card.
's sacrifice fly scored
with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth and the Rockies edged the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 on Friday night, snapping
a two-game skid.
That prevented the Cardinals from becoming the first team in the majors to clinch their division and kept the Rockies 3 1/2
games ahead of Atlanta in the NL wild card.
The Cardinals still had a chance to celebrate in the clubhouse later Friday night, but the
San Francisco Giants
3-0, keeping St. Louis' magic number at one.
The Giants and Marlins both fell five games behind Colorado in the wild card. Florida lost to the Mets.
After holding Holliday to a 1-for-4 performance in which he stranded five runners, the Rockies sent the meat of their lineup
to the plate in the bottom of the ninth.
led off with a walk from Trevor Miller (4-1), who was replaced by
. Tulowitzki reached on a fielder's choice, and
's pinch-hit single put runners at the corners.
Torrealba lofted a ball to right, and
's throw home was nowhere close.
''When I saw the right fielder kind of backing up that's when I thought, 'OK that's deep enough,''' Torrealba said after knocking
in his 13th run this month after entering September with 14 RBIs.
These teams could meet in the playoffs and the Rockies are 5-0 against the Cardinals this season and have outscored them 35-10.
The one, however, could have gone either way.
''It was a very good game with a fine line,'' Cardinals manager
Tony La Russa
said. ''They had the last hero.''
(4-1), one of the players Holliday was traded for last winter, picked up the win with a scoreless ninth.
Holliday, making his first visit to Coors Field as a member of the opposition, slipped out of the clubhouse after the game
The Rockies, who lead the majors with 59 sacrifice flies, scored both runs that way.
, another player who came over from Oakland in trade for Holliday, led off the bottom of the first with a double, was bunted
over and scored on Helton's deep fly to center off
Carpenter gave up one run and five hits in seven innings, but the only support he received was Ludwick's 21st homer in the
that tied the game at 1.
Carpenter, a leading candidate for the NL
award with a 16-4 record, complained that the mound was steeper than the one in the bullpen.
''It was a battle trying to get the ball down,'' he said.
The best news for the Rockies was that
threw five scoreless innings in his first start since Aug. 21, when shoulder soreness forced him out of a game against San
Francisco. He allowed four hits, all singles, got 12 groundball outs and didn't walk a batter in an impressive 76-pitch performance.
''I was stunned as to how sharp he was,'' Rockies manager
said. ''You never know (what to expect) when you have a layoff like that.''
Cook said he didn't feel any rust and none showed.
''Cook had a great sinker and had us hitting the ball on the ground. He stayed out of big innings,'' Ludwick said.
Cook was replaced by Contreras, who hadn't pitched since straining his right thigh while running out a groundball on Sept.
10, in his second start in place of Cook.
NOTES: The Cardinals had a scare in the eighth when
limped around the first-base bag after hitting a single. He said it was only a cramp: ''I feel fine.'' ... The crowd of 48,847
was the fifth sellout at Coors Field this season.