After watching the Cardinals score four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to flip a 4-2 deficit into a 7-4 lead, the Rockies cut into that lead by scoring a run in the following half-inning.
As usual, Nolan Arenado was involved in the Rockies scoring.
Carlos Martinez struck out pinch hitter Kyle Freeland, who took the place of starting pitcher Jeff Hoffman, to start the inning. But he allowed Charlie Blackmon to get on base with a single in the following at bat. Blackmon advanced to second base when DJ LeMahieu chopped a grounder back to Martinez and then to third when a Martinez wild pitch nearly hit Arenado and soared past catcher Yadier Molina.
After hitting the deck to avoid the pitch, Arenado, who hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the first inning, lined the next pitch into right field for a single, scoring Blackmon.
Martinez struck out Gerardo Parra to end the inning. Interestingly, despite Martinez allowing five earned runs for the third time in his last five starts, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny opted to let Martinez bat in the bottom of the frame. Martinez had thrown just 69 pitches through five innings and drove in a run with a single in the fourth inning, so Matheny sent Martinez to the plate with the bases loaded and two outs in the fifth. He grounded out to end the inning.
Cardinals erupt for five runs in bottom of fourth
After stranding Matt Carpenter, who reached third base with one out, in the bottom of the third inning, the Cardinals put more runners on base against Rockies starter Jeff Hoffman in the bottom of the fourth.
This time, they took advantage. The Cardinals scored five runs in the inning to turn a 4-2 deficit into a 7-4 lead.
Yadier Molina led off the inning with a single. Randal Grichuk then displayed impressive plate discipline by working the count to three balls and two…