Cardinals defeat Rockies to take series

Albert Pujols hit a monstrous homer during a run first inning, helping the Cardinals to a 6-2 victory over the Rockies game series.

Yadier Molina finished with three hits and two RBI for St. Louis, which got a strong effort from several relievers to close its homestand with a victory and a 3-3 mark.

Cardinals starter Edwin Jackson (2-1) was pulled with one out in the sixth inning because of cramping in his right hamstring. He allowed two runs on eight hits and three walks, and departed the game with two runners on base.

However, Jason Motte got St. Louis out of the inning, and Octavio Dotel struck out two to strand the bases loaded in the seventh. Dotel faced five total batters and struck out four of them.

Colorado certainly had opportunities, but went just 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position and stranded nine on base. Mark Ellis homered and Troy Tulowitzki hit an RBI single in the first inning, but the Rockies didn't score again and lost their 17th consecutive Sunday game.