St. Louis Cardinals Albert Pujols walks to the on deck circle to bat in the third inning against the Colorado Rockies at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on October 3, 2010. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

The St. Louis Cardinals won its final five games, including Sunday’s 6-1 win over Colorado who ended the season with eight loses in a row after they had pulled to within one game of the NL West lead. The Rockies finished on a skid of losing 13 of their last 14. It was a good way for the Cardinals to finish off the season.

The Cardinals pitching staff held Colorado scoreless for 30.1 innings while sweeping the four-game series. Dexter Fowler broke the shutout skid with a home run in the eighth inning. Jeff Suppan won for the third time this season to finish 3-8. He gave up five hits in five innings while striking out five.

Albert Pujols went 0 for 2 and finished the season with an NL high 118 RBIs, one more than Colorado outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, who finished with the best average at .336. Pujols also led the NL with 42 home runs. Pujols made a run at the triple crown in early September but didn’t even finish as the team’s best hitter in terms of average. Matt Holliday finished at .31208 average to edge Pujols .31175 for tops on the team. Pujols led the club in hitting in each of the previous nine seasons.