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Rockies want encore after decking cards in series opener

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The Colorado Rockies haven't had a lot of fun since the All-Star break. They fell to bottom of the National League West, losing 13 of their last 18 games before routing the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.

But one bright spot is Kyle Freeland, who is left-handed.

Freeland (7-7, 4.56 ERA) will seek his fourth straight win Wednesday in Game 2 of his three-game series against the Cardinals in Denver. . St. Louis will counter with lefty Jose Quintana (3-5, 3.39).

The Rockies recorded his seventh straight win for the Cardinals on Tuesday as he won 16-5. C.J. Kron hit a home run and scored five runs, while former Cardinal Randall Grichuk had his career-high five of his 22 hits for Colorado.

"It was clearly a special night and his first five-hit night was incredible," Grichuk told his Denver post. "But I do it against the team that gave me a chance and ended up trading me.

"I mean, it was a special matchup in the first game against them. You. get up a little bit for that, I mean, they traded you and they didn't see your future, so you want to get out there and play well with them.

Freeland is 3-0 with a 2.41 ERA in three starts since the All-Star break, and has recently surged as he beats Clayton Kershaw and Joe Musgrove in his last two starts.

Freeland is 0-2 with a 3.12 ERA in three games against St. Louis.

Another player Playing well for the Rockies is rookie Elefris Montero, who is making the most of his opportunity to play with injured-list outfielder Chris Bryant. I'm confident in it and hopefully we can continue to do what we've been doing," Montero said Saturday. "I feel great, I'm having fun. I'm just trying to take advantage of this opportunity they've given me." , will be challenged. Quintana has a low ERA despite only winning three games, but some of that bad luck may have contributed to his time in Pittsburgh. St. Louis acquired him from the Pirates on his Aug. 1 and showed good pitching in his debut with his new team on Thursday.

Quintana allowed Chicago only one hit and one run over six innings in a no-decision game with the Cubs. He joined his #1-surging team in his NL Central and now has a chance to pitch in the pennant race.

"Looking into Quintanas' eyes in the world before the game starts will give you goosebumps at how much he wants it," Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol said after Quintana's debut. "I'm looking at someone at the club right now. It's really good. The guys are determined."

Quintana will make his second start of the season at Coors Field. It's a schedule. He allowed six runs on seven hits in the fifth inning of his 13-2 retreat on July 15.

He faced Colorado his seventh in his career. But he's started six of those, and his ERA is 5.66 and he's 2-3.

– Field Level Media