St. Louis (32-17) at Colorado (14-34)

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  • Game info: 8:05 pm EDT Mon May 30, 2005
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Winless in his last three starts, Jason Marquis hopes to straighten out at hitter-friendly Coors Field as the St. Louis Cardinals begin a four-game series with the Colorado Rockies.

While he’s 0-2 with a respectable 3.93 ERA during his personal skid, Marquis’ main problem of late has been control. In his last two starts, the right-hander has walked 11 in nine innings.

In the Cardinals’ 2-1, 12-inning win over Pittsburgh on Tuesday, Marquis allowed a run and six hits but walked five in five innings.

The Cardinals had their five-game winning streak snapped with Sunday’s 3-2 loss at home to the Washington Nationals.

Jim Edmonds homered for the third straight game and Abraham Nunez had an RBI single in the first inning for the Cardinals, who finished a 5-1 homestand.

“It feels great,” Edmonds said. “We were looking at 6-0 and that would have been a lot better.”

Edmonds, who entered the series in a 1-for-14 slump, homered off a 2-1 breaking ball from Livan Hernandez in the third inning to give the Cardinals a 2-0 lead. He also singled and walked twice and has reached base safely in nine of his last 12 plate appearances.

The Cardinals played the game without outfielder Larry Walker, who suffered a slight ankle sprain Saturday.

The last-place place Rockies have dropped three straight and six of seven, including Sunday’s 11-6 loss to the Chicago Cubs.

Colorado’s Luis Gonzalez had a solo homer and two-run single. His bases-loaded single in the sixth gave the Rockies a 6-5 lead, but the Cubs answered with five in their half of the inning.

Preston Wilson also homered, his third in the four-games series, and J.D. Closser added a two-run shot as the Rockies lost on the road for the 23rd time in 27 games.

“This is a ballgame we let get away,” Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. “We haven’t hit when we pitched well. We score some runs, then we don’t pitch very well. It’s kind of like being a hitter who’s behind the fastball and ahead of the breaking stuff.”

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J. Marquis Cin vs. J. Wright Tex
13-14 Record 8-16
4.13 ERA 5.46
100 K 101
69 BB 81
1.33 WHIP 1.65