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Rockies fall again, Cardinals win 6-2

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ST. LOUIS — Rookie left-hander Christian Friedrich was pitching a competitive game on Thursday night until the fifth inning, when he couldn’t get a third strike past Cardinals second baseman Matt Carpenter.

Then Friedrich could hardly throw another strike to anyone.With a runner on, Carpenter extended Friedrich to eight pitches before drawing a walk.

Then Friedrich walked three of the next four hitters, and was on his way to a 6-2 loss at Busch Stadium.

The Cardinals (44-39) won three games of the four-game series to keep pace with the National League Central-leading Pirates.

Friedrich (4-6) had pitched decently in his previous outing, against the Padres, but the bullpen lost his chance at a victory, and seemed headed in a good direction on Thursday.

He trailed, 1-0, and had four strikeouts against no walks entering the fifth, but he struggled, and the Rockies (31-51) lost for the fifth time in six games.

David Freese opened the frame with a single, then Carpenter’s long at-bat and eventual walk turned the game. After walking winning pitcher Lance Lynn (11-4) on four pitches, Friedrich recovered to strike out Rafael Furcal but walked Jon Jay to force in a run. Matt Holliday’s RBI single ended his night.

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