Decent pitching and quiet bats summed up the Colorado Rockies' (31-50) Fourth of July, losing to the St. Louis Cardinals (43-39) 4-1 in St. Louis. Rockies starter Jeremy Guthrie held the Cardinals to six hits and two runs in six innings. The final game of the four-game series is tonight at 6:15 MT at Busch Stadium (TV: Root Sports).

Guthrie was the main reason that it was a 2-1 game for much of the night. The biggest missed opportunity for the Rockies came in the sixth, when they had two on, but Cardinals first baseman Allen Craig dove to knock down a Jonathan Herrera liner and start an unusual first-to-second-to-third double play.

Colorado batters struck out a combined 11 times in the game.

Guthrie drove in the Rockies' only run, on a single off Wainwright in the fifth after Herrera tripled with one out. The Rockies loaded the bases with two out, but Wainwright got Tyler Colvin to fly to center to end the threat.

Guthrie was hurt by two mistakes. He walked Jon Jay with one out in the first, and Matt Holliday doubled for a one-run Cardinals lead, then he hit Jay with the bases loaded and two out in the second to force in another run.

Reliever Adam Ottavino, the Cardinals' top Draft pick in 2006, struggled for the second time in the series. David Freese's bases-loaded single in the eighth drove in the two earned runs charged to Ottavino in two-thirds of an inning. Ottavino, who pitched briefly for the Cards in 2010 but joined the Rockies after the Cards waived him late in Spring Training, gave up two runs in 1 1/3 innings on Monday night.

Colorado's all-star outfielder Carlos Gonzales hit safely in his twelvth straight game.

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