Jaime Garcia remains winless in six career starts against Colorado as he lasted just five innings before being pulled for a pinch hitter.
The Cardinals lost 3-1 in the series opener to the Rockies on Tuesday night at Busch Stadium.
Garcia was wild, walking four and allowing five hits, (all singles), as Colorado built a 2-0 lead in the third. The inning started with a walk and included a two-out single by Nolan Arenado. Garcia gave up the third run in the fourth. It was the third time this season, Garcia lasted just five innings.
Randal Grichuk’s pinch-hit single drove home a run in the seventh. Chad Bettis held the Cardinals hitless until the fifth.