The Rockies notched 16 hits, seven of which went for extra bases, in an 11-3 rout over the St. Louis Cardinals at Coors Field on Monday.
Colorado didn't muster much of any offense against the visiting Miami Marlins on Sunday before taking their frustration out on John Lackey and the Cards. The Rockies didn't waste any time doing it, either; Troy Tulowitzki's three-run homer sparked a five-run first inning. Three frames later, Nolan Arenado added a two-run shot of his own to extend the Rockies' lead to 9-1, effectively putting the game out of reach.
DJ LeMahieu and Ben Paulsen paced the offense with three hits apiece in a well-rounded, dominant performance for the 26-30 Rockies. Tulowitzki, Carlos Gonzalez, Nick Hundley and Brandon Barnes each added two hits.
Lackey was torched for 10 runs -- eight earned -- on 12 hits in four innings.
David Hale tossed his second quality start in three attempts, holding the Cardinals to three runs on six hits in seven innings. Hale surrendered a couple of home runs that didn't really hurt as a result of both the Rockies' tremendous offensive output and the right-hander's ability to limit traffic. Hale has not walked a batter in 19⅔ innings this season. His seven strikeouts on Monday raised his season total in that area to 14.
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