ST. LOUIS —
Against the Rockies, Liriano said he had no control. He carved up the Cardinals.
“That was the mulligan,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “What we’ve seen all year, he’s just given us chances to win. He’s pitched deep into games, he’s mixed pitches, he’s really been in command when runners get on base.”
Matt Carpenter doubled and eventually scored on a groundout by Carlos Beltran in the ninth to snap Liriano’s shutout bid. He settled for his second complete game of the year and third of his career.
“You couldn’t really tell what was coming out of his hand,” Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. “You could tell he had late life by the way the guys were reacting.”
Alvarez hit his 29th homer an estimated 440 feet to straightaway center leading off the second.