Rockies limited to five hits in 5-1 loss to Cardinals

When your bats snooze, you lose. The 2024 Rockies are familiar with that scenario.

Their offense took a Sunday siesta in a 5-1 loss to the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. With a chance to capture a rare series in St. Louis, Colorado managed just five hits.

The Rockies dodged their eighth shutout of the season when they got to lefty reliever John King in the ninth. Ezequiel Tovar led off with his 20th double of the season and scored on Elias Diaz’s single.

Let the record show that one of Colorado’s hits came from second baseman Adael Amador on the first swing of his first at-bat in the first game of his major league career. In the third, Amador looped a leadoff single to right off Cardinals right-hander Andre Pallante’s first-pitch, 94.1 mph fastball.

Amador, Colorado’s top prospect, was called up from Double-A Hartford to replace veteran second baseman Brendan Rodgers, who was placed on the 10-day injured list with a left hamstring strain.

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Pallante entered Sunday’s game with a 6.18 ERA, but he pitched five efficient innings, giving up three hits, striking out six, and walking one. Colorado’s best chance to score came and went early. In the second, Diaz led off with a single, and Brenton Doyle followed with another single. But the rally died when Jake Cave grounded into a double play and Michael Toglia struck out.

Until Tovar’s double, St. Louis relievers had allowed no hits and had retired 11 hitters in a row.

The Cardinals knocked around Rockies starter Ty Blach for four runs on eight hits in five innings. St. Louis’ big swings came from Alex Burelson, who tagged Blach with a leadoff homer in the third, and Masyn Winn, who delivered a two-run, bloop single in the fourth. Blach’s ERA rose from 4.54 to 4.84.

After splitting the four-game series in St. Louis, the Rockies open a three-game series at Minnesota beginning Monday night.

Colorado Rockies’ Adael Amador singles during the third inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Sunday, June 9, 2024, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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