Trailing 2-0, center-fielder Tyler Colvin belted a three-run homer in the third inning, lifting the Colorado Rockies (31-49) to a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals (42-39) last night in St. Louis. It was Colvin's tenth home run of the season. Game three of the four-game series is tonight at 5:15 MT at Busch Stadium (TV: Root Sports).

The victory -- which was in doubt until Rafael Betancourt blew a 92-mph fastball by a looking Jon Jay to notch his 13th save -- was the seventh in the last 25 games for the Rockies, who entered the day tied with the Cubs for baseball's worst record. The Rockies prevented the Cardinals from making a move on the National League Central-leading Reds.

Official: Tuesday's Box Score.

Colorado starting pitcher Jeff Francis (2-1), a onetime Rockies ace who rejoined the club early last month after toiling for the Reds at Triple-A Louisville, allowed two runs or fewer for the fourth straight outing. Matt Holliday, a teammate of Francis' on the 2007 NL champion Rockies, hit a two-run homer in the first, but Francis handled the Cards thereafter.

"I love being here. I love playing for this team," said Francis, who went 6-16 with a 4.82 ERA in 183 innings for the Royals last year. "They gave me a shot, and so far I've pitched well to take advantage of that. Hopefully, it sticks."

The Cards had two on and two out in the seventh when Matt Belisle replaced Rex Brothers and got Holliday to bounce out to Nelson. With two out and runners at the corners in a difficult ninth, Betancourt, who had blown three of his previous five chances, bested Jay on an 0-2 pitch to secure the win.

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[ColoradoRockies.com]