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The Journal Gazette

Friday, September 13, 2019 1:00 am

St. Louis 10 Colorado 3

Cards break out lumber early to trounce Rockies

DENNIS GEORGATOS | Associated Press

DENVER – The St. Louis Cardinals had the upper hand from the start on a day the ball was flying out of Coors Field.

Dexter Fowler and Kolten Wong opened the game with successive home runs and the Cardinals connected five times in all, beating the Colorado Rockies 10-3 on Thursday.

Marcell Ozuna, Rangel Ravelo and Harrison Bader also homered for St. Louis, which holds a four-game lead over Chicago and Milwaukee atop the NL Central.

“A day game here, the ball always flies, but you've still got to put the barrel on it,” said Fowler, who spent the first six years of his career with Colorado. “It was good to get us started like that.”

Limited to a total of two runs in losing the first two games of the series at Coors Field, the Cardinals quickly bounced back.

Fowler drove the first pitch of the game from Tim Melville into the second deck and Wong followed with a drive that soared over the center field wall.

“I knew he wasn't going to throw me many fastballs,” Fowler said. “I looked at some video and he was throwing a lot of sliders, so I just hit the first one (fastball).”

Nolan Arenado homered and doubled to drive in a pair of runs for Colorado. Josh Fuentes hit his first big league home run.

Miles Mikolas (9-13) went five innings and gave up three runs, struck out five and walked one.

“They had some tough at bats, fouled a lot of balls off,” Mikolas said. “I did my best to keep the ball on the ground but they got a couple up in the air. It's kind of self-explanatory when that happens here. The ball can do some tricky things here but I think overall it was an OK outing.”

Colorado scored in the first on an RBI double by Arenado, but the Cardinals turned to the long ball again as Ravelo homered leading off the second.

St. Louis moved in front 4-1 on a sacrifice fly by Wong.

Ozuna led off the third with a home run against Melville (2-2).