Sep 25, 2009 11:07 PM

Rockies beat Cardinals 2-1 in 9th inning

DENVER (AP) - Yorvit Torrealba's sacrifice fly scored Troy Tulowitzki from third base with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth and the Colorado Rockies edged St. Louis 2-1 on Friday night.

That prevented the Cardinals from becoming the first team in the majors to clinch their division and kept the Rockies 3½ games ahead of Atlanta in the NL wild card.

Todd Helton led off the ninth with a walk from Trevor Miller (4-1), who was replaced by Kyle McClellan. Tulowitzki reached on a fielder's choice, and pinch-hitter Jason Giambi's single put
runners at the corners.

Torrealba lofted a ball to right, and Ryan Ludwick's throw home was nowhere close.

The Cardinals' magic number over Chicago remained one with the Cubs playing at San Francisco later Friday.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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