Colorado Rockies defeat St. Louis Cardinals, 5-2

After the Cardinals had keenly called a pitchout, catcher Yadier Molina's eighth-inning throw to second sailed directly over the base - and into center field - with nobody anywhere near that bag except Seth Smith, the Colorado Rockies baserunner who was involved in a hit-and-run play. It was the perfect climax Monday at Busch Stadium to a highly imperfect series for the Cardinals against the Rockies.

"That was a 'boo' thing," said Cardinals manager Tony La Russa, who sp...

The Cardinals believe the first signs of vulnerability from their one constant this season had more to do with who they were facing than who they were missing.

In their first full series since a forced restructuring of the bullpen, the Cardinals' relievers had a series of uncharacteristic hiccups against the Colorado Rockies. The bullpen allowed 18 runs in its 14 innings during the four-game series and, while not tagged with a loss in any one game, they were a factor in...