Rockies lose 4-1 in St. Louis, hit 50 losses for season

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ST. LOUIS — The strange season of right-hander Jeremy Guthrie took a turn in the right direction on Wednesday night, even though it didn’t lead to a victory.

Guthrie, in his first start since June 17, held the Cardinals to six hits and two runs in six innings, but Rockies batters struck out 11 times in a 4-1 loss at Busch Stadium before a crowd of 42,338 that was greeted by a temperature of 103 — the highest for a game in St. Louis going back to 1988.

“It’s important for teammates to recognize where I’ve come up short this year,” said Guthrie (3-8), who drove in the Rockies’ only run with a single in the fifth inning. “Everybody’s making moves here to help the team, and hopefully I can stay positive. I feel like I’ve done that, for the most part. That’s how you progress in baseball and in life.”

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.