Abraham Nunez drove in the game-winning run with a single in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Cardinals a 5-4 win over the Rockies on Sunday at Busch Stadium, to earn a split in the four-game series.
The Rockies scored a run in each of the first four innings and led 4-2 after four innings. Dustan Mohr, Luis Gonzalez and Preston Wilson each hit solo home runs off Cardinals’ starter Mark Mulder in the first, second and third innings. Aaron Miles doubled in a run in the fourth.
The Cardinals scored twice in the second inning to keep the game from getting out of control. Scott Rolen double in Larry Walker and Rolen later scored when Yadier Molina grounded out to the shortstop.
St. Louis tied the game up in the fifth inning when Nunez scored on an error by Rockies’ pitcher Jason Jennings. It was the second miscue of the inning for Colorado. With two outs, Mark Grudzielanek drove in Larry Walker with a single and that tied the game at 4-4.
Mulder lasted six innings, but didn’t get the win. That went to Ray King (2-1), who got the final two outs of the ninth inning with just three pitches. Former Kansas City Royals pitcher Jay Witasick (0-3) gave up the game winning hit to Nunez was stuck with a loss on just seven pitches.
Albert Pujols extended his hitting streak to 15 games after picking up two hits on Sunday. In that stretch, he is hitting .411 (23-for-56).