St. Louis (102-52) at Colorado (67-87)

Cloudy Currently: Denver, CO, US
Temp: 28° F
  • Game info: 3:05 pm EDT Sun Sep 26, 2004
  • TV: KPLR, KTVD
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Even with four of their regulars on the bench, the St. Louis Cardinals continue to roll.

The team with the majors’ best record will shoot for its fifth straight win in the finale of a three-game series with the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.

The Cardinals gave Scott Rolen, Larry Walker, Jim Edmonds and Tony Womack the day off Saturday and used relievers from start to finish in a 10-6 win over the Rockies. St. Louis moved 50 games above .500 for the first time since 1944, when it was 105-49.

Matt Morris was the scheduled starter Saturday, but was given the day off to rest for the playoffs. Reliever Al Reyes made his first major league start, and five other relievers finished the game.

“The guys that play have to compete and you can’t change the level of competition,” manager Tony La Russa said. “We’ve had such a deep situation here where the guys have done this time after time after time. When a guy comes off the bench and plays, he’s been the guy that has made the difference.”

The Cardinals became the first team in baseball to earn a playoff spot on Sept. 18, when they clinched the NL Central. They are the only team in the majors with 100 wins.

“They have a very strong club. They don’t have a lot of holes,” Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said.

John Mabry hit a three-run homer for St. Louis, and Roger Cedeno hit a disputed two-run shot that appeared to hit near the top of the wall and bounce back onto the field.

Todd Greene homered for the Rockies, who have lost two straight since a three-game winning streak.

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