St. Louis Cardinals’ Nolan Gorman, left, is tagged out at home by Miami Marlins catcher Nick Fortes (4) as home plate umpire Jeremie Rehak watches the play during the fourth inning of a baseball game Saturday, April 6, 2024, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)St. Louis Cardinals' Nolan Gorman, left, is tagged out at home by Miami Marlins catcher Nick Fortes (4) as home plate umpire Jeremie Rehak watches the play during the fourth inning of a baseball game Saturday, April 6, 2024, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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Colorado Rockies’ Michael Toglia (4) runs home to score on a throwing error by St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Nolan Gorman after hitting a three-run triple during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Friday, June 7, 2024, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Michael Toglia’s legs brought the Rockies back to life on Friday but weren’t enough to save the runs they needed in the end.

He made a home-run saving catch in Thursday’s win, but the latest 8-5 loss came after he tripled to drive in three before a Cardinals’ error allowed him to continue home. Four earned runs from relief pitchers Anthony Molina and Matt Carasiti’s proved too much to keep the lead.

Toglia took advantage of St. Louis’ misfortunes and also those of a few teammates. Both Kris Bryant and Sean Bouchard hit the injured list on Thursday to give him his latest chance to prove valuable for the Rockies.

Spring training was the initial test of his swing work from an offseason full of medicine balls and balance exercises. They proved to be enough to outdo Bouchard who was sent to Triple-A Albuquerque, the same local Toglia was after a 15-game start that included four home runs but only one hit outside of them for a .106 average.

Colorado’s medical-induced opening has seen him collect three hits and drive in four runs so far.

His most significant came in the fourth inning of Friday’s loss. He ripped an inside cut-fastball to the right-field corner of Busch Stadium after two Rockies’ singles and a walk loaded the bases.

Alec Burleson’s throw hit cutoff man Nolan Gorman but the second baseman’s relay to halt Toglia at third base escaped former Rockies’ infielder Nolan Arenado. It rolled to the wall in foul territory to allow Colorado to turn a four-run deficit into a tie.

The Rockies hope Bryant misses minimum time but had the same wishes when he missed a month with a lower back strain. Nolan Jones’ return from rehab figures to come soon after another day in the Triple-A Isotopes’ outfield Friday.

Brendan Rodgers exits in the fourth inning

Brendan Rodgers grounded out and saw his fourth-inning effort to get to first cost him the rest of Friday’s loss.

The Rockies’ second baseman was legging out a left-side chopper to former teammate Arenado when he came up limping at first base and exited for Alan Trejo as a pinch runner.

It’s an unfortunate fate for Rodgers.

He was heating up recently and had his average up to .275 upon Friday’s exit. Multiple-hit games in two of his last five included his third home run of a slow-starting 2024.

Trejo came through with a run-scoring single in his stead.

Cardinals 8, Rockies 5

What Happened: Michael Toglia’s triple and the Cardinals’ error to allow him home weren’t enough to overcome the latter’s three runs in the eighth inning against Matt Carasiti.

On the mound: Austin Gomber faced his former club and an uneven road across five innings. He allowed four earned runs on six hits and struck out four Cardinals but sat down 10 straight to end his effort. Anthony Molina allowed another run before Carasiti allowed St. Louis to score three runs on three hits and a walk. Josh Rogers stopped the bleeding with the final out of the eighth inning.

At the plate: Toglia drove in three runs before an error gave him his lone run of Friday’s loss. He had a pair of hits and has three in two games since his return from Triple-A. Charlie Blackmon and Brenton Doyle each had two hits as part of seven Rockies who contributed to their 10 hits. Alan Trejo entered for Brendan Rodgers after he came up limping in the fourth inning and drove in a run in the fifth.

What’s next: Colorado Rockies (RHP Ryan Feltner, 1-5) at St. Louis Cardinals (RHP Kyle Gibson, 4-2) at 2:15 p.m. on Saturday at Busch Stadium (Rockies.TV).

ST. LOUIS | Michael Toglia and Charlie Blackmon each drove in a run on Thursday night and the Colorado Rockies snapped a five-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in the first of a four-game series.

Cal Quantrill (5-4) did not give up a run despite walking four and allowing three hits in five innings.

“I wasn’t very good today, honestly,” Quantrill said. “I battled. I got it done. The job as a starter is to do more than I got. I pitched to win today. I wasn’t proud of everything but I kept them off the board.”

Tyler Kinley allowed a single but struck out Nolan Gorman to end the game and pick up his third save.

“I had to go and attack the lefty,” Kinley said. “I think that might have been the first time I faced Gorman. He’s such a great hitter. He’s looking to try and slug something and I used that to my advantage and went after him with my strengths.”

Toglia, playing in right field, also robbed Matt Carpenter of a home run in the fifth when he jumped and caught the ball over the fence.

“That’s one of the best catches, actually, it’s the best catch I’ve ever had in the outfield,” said Toglia, who was recalled earlier in the day. “I’m logging that one in my personal highlight reel.”

Manager Bud Black liked Toglia’s performance.

“We’re going to watch that one for a long time,” Black said about the catch. “But I’m just as impressed by the base hit up the middle and he put the ball in play with a man on third and got a run in there. A good all-around game for Michael.”

Sonny Gray (7-4) lasted 4 2/3 innings for the Cardinals, who stranded 10 runners and have dropped five of their past seven games after going on a 12-3 run. He allowed just two hits but he walked four and threw two wild pitches. He recorded five strikeouts in throwing 89 pitches.


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