Dylan Carlson drove in his first three runs of the season to help the St. Louis Cardinals recover from giving up a four-point lead and defeat the Colorado Rockies 8-5

ST. LOUIS – Dylan Carlson drove in his first three runs of the season and helped the St. Louis Cardinals recover from giving up a four-run lead by beating the Colorado Rockies 8-5 Friday night.

“It’s really good to see,” Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol said of Carlson. “He needed that. We needed that. Hopefully this is a step that will allow him to play with more confidence.”

Carlson hit a two-run double down the right field line off Matt Carasiti (0-1) after Brendan Donovan gave the Cardinals the lead with an RBI single up the middle in the eighth inning. Carlson, who went 2 for 4, also hit a runscoring single in the sixth to tie the score at 5 for his first RBI in 57 at-bats this season.

“My mind was pretty good,” Carlson said. “In this role you just have to be ready when you are called upon, and tonight was my night. I came in with a good attitude and trusted the work I put in, and here we are.

John King, Andrew Kittredge and JoJo Romero (3-1) each pitched a scoreless inning in relief before Ryan Helsley pitched a perfect ninth for his Major League-leading 21st save of the season.

Cardinals starter Lance Lynn allowed four runs and six hits with two walks and struck out six in four innings.

“The offense came through,” Lynn said. “The bullpen did their job there and it was a good team win. I have to close the starts. I’ve thrown the ball really well the last two starts, but I haven’t gotten past the fourth inning. So all in all I need to get better. I’m there in terms of stuff. I have to go deeper and get better.”

Ryan McMahon doubled off Kyle Leahy to open the fifth inning and scored on Alan Trejo’s single to give Colorado a 5-4 lead.

Toglia tied the score at 4 when his three-run triple down the right field line turned into a Little League grand slam when second baseman Nolan Gorman’s relay throw eluded third baseman Nolan Arenado in the top of the fourth inning because of an error that allowed Toglia to score.

Rockies second baseman Brendan Rodgers left earlier in the inning with a left hamstring injury after noticeably limping as he reached first base while knocking out a fielder’s choice.

“When I talked to Brendan here right after the game, he kind of felt it coming down the line and he stopped when he felt it,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “In his eyes it was not an important event, but we will see.”

Trejo pinch ran for Rodgers and stayed at second in the game.

Rockies starter Austin Gomber allowed four runs and six hits in the first two innings, but then followed with three perfect innings.

“I thought they did a good job in the first inning just putting together at-bats,” Gomber said. “After the second I was able to get into a rhythm there and get us through five. “I feel like I’ve had some trouble in the first inning this year because I haven’t pitched well, so I’m trying to make sure I work on focusing on coming out of the gate better.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rockies: OF Nolan Jones (lower back strain) batted second and started in left field for Triple-A Albuquerque on a rehab assignment Friday night in Sacramento. It was Jones’ first start in the field after serving as Albuquerque’s restricted hitter in his four previous games.

Cardinals: C Willson Contreras (left arm fracture) has suffered a bullpen session and will begin batting activities on Saturday after being cleared by the club’s medical staff.

NEXT ONE

Rockies RHP Ryan Feltner (1-5, 6.22 ERA) faces Cardinals RHP Kyle Gibson (4-2, 3.69 ERA) on Saturday.

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