Colorado (27-51) at St. Louis (50-29)

Fair Currently: St. Louis, MO
Temp: 95° F
  • Game info: 7:15 pm EDT Sat Jul 2, 2005
  • TV: FSRM, FSMW
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Jason Marquis hopes to end a three-start winless streak when the St. Louis Cardinals resume a four-game series with the visiting Colorado Rockies.

Marquis, who burst out to a 5-1 start this year after winning a career-high 15 games in 2004, has slowed down drastically over the last six weeks.

The right-hander lost consecutive starts from June 15-21, surrendering 15 runs and 15 hits over 7 1-3 innings, before settling down with a solid effort in St. Louis’ 5-4 loss to Pittsburgh last Sunday.

Marquis allowed three runs and five hits over six innings, but did not receive a decision, leaving him winless since an 8-1 victory over the New York Yankees on June 10. He has just one strikeout and seven walks during his personal slide.

The Cardinals rebounded from Thursday’s series-opening 7-0 loss by blanking the Rockies 6-0 behind Chris Carpenter on Friday.

Carpenter became the majors’ fourth 12-game winner and Albert Pujols homered in the first inning to extend his hitting streak to 13 games for the NL Central-leading Cardinals, who climbed a season high-tying 21 games above .500.

Aaron Miles had two singles for the Rockies, who are a major league-worst 6-32 on the road. It’s also the worst in baseball since the 1982 Twins began 5-32.

Colorado had won three of its first five meetings with St. Louis this year.

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