Rockies 8, Cardinals 2: De La Rosa masterful, offense finally breaks out

Dilip Vishwanat

Jorge De La Rosa threw seven scoreless innings and flirted with a no-hitter going 6.2 innings before giving up a single to David Freese.

The Rockies finally got enough offense to support the good pitching they have been getting. Troy Tulowitzki launched a three-run HR in the third and it proved to be all the support Jorge De La Rosa, who took a no hitter into the seventh, would need.

De La Rosa was masterful Sunday afternoon, locating his fastball and mixing in an effective slider and splitter all while sprinkling in the occasional curveball. De La Rosa dialed up 94 mph on his fastball several times and was consistently in the 91-93 range, an extremely encouraging sign for Jorge as he seems to have nearly regained his pre-Tommy John surgery form. De La Rosa's final line-seven innings, seven strikeouts, three walks and just two hits.

It wasn't just about De La Rosa though as the offense needed this kind of a game in the worst kind of way. In a severe offensive drought the Rockies finally found an oasis against Jaime Garcia and the Cardinals. Eight runs on 11 hits as well as long balls from Tulo and newly called up Charlie Blackmon were more then enough offense Sunday. Pacheco, CarGo, Arenado, and Blackmon all had multiple hits and Reid Brignac added a pinch-hit two-run double.

Rex Brothers pitched a scoreless eighth and the only rough part of the game was Matt Belisle allowing two ninth inning runs. The Rockies now head to Chicago for a three game set and should have old mo back on their side.

Games Back: 2
Streak: Won 1
Games Left: 126

Source: FanGraphs

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