ST. LOUIS (AP) — Michael Toglia and Charlie Blackmon each drove in a point Thursday night and the Colorado Rockies snapped a five-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in the first of a four-game series.

Cal Quantrill (5-4) didn’t give up a run despite four walks and three hits in five innings.

“Honestly, I wasn’t that good today,” Quantrill said. “I fought. I did it. The job as a starter is to do more than I have. I threw to win today. I wasn’t proud of everything, but I kept them out of the board.”

Tyler Kinley allowed a single, but struck out Nolan Gorman to end the game and pick up his third save.

“I had to attack the southpaw,” Kinley said. “I think this might have been the first time I faced Gorman. He’s such a great hitter. He wants to try something and I used that to my advantage and went after him with my strengths.”

Toglia, playing in right field, also robbed Matt Carpenter of a home run in the fifth when he jumped and caught the ball over the fence.

“That’s one of the best catches, actually the best catch I’ve ever had in the outfield,” said Toglia, who was recalled earlier in the day. “I record that in my personal highlights reel.”

Manager Bud Black was pleased with Toglia’s performance.

“We’re going to be looking at that for a long time,” Black said of the catch. “But I’m just as impressed with the single up the middle and he put the ball in play with a man on third base and scored a run there. A good all-round game for Michael.”

Sonny Gray (7-4) lasted 4 2/3 innings for the Cardinals, who stranded 10 runners and dropped five of their past seven games on a 12-3 run. He allowed just two hits, but he walked four and threw two wild pitches. He recorded five strikeouts in throwing 89 pitches.

“I’m going the wrong way,” Gray said. “I have to come up with a plan and get back on track. In my head I have the feeling that I have to go back to basics.”

The Rockies, who had only four hits, led 1-0 in the third after an inning-ending double play call was overturned. Jake Cave, who walked with one out and reached third base on a single by Toglia, scored when Blackmon beat the throw to first base.

The Rockies got to Gray in the fifth inning when he allowed a hit and walked three while throwing two wild pitches. Brenton Doyle led off with a single and stole second and third. Cave singled and stole second. Doyle scored on a grounder to first base by Toglia, while Cave took third. He came home on a wild pitch by Gray that made the score 3-0.

“He couldn’t control his fastball the whole game,” St. Louis manager Oliver Marmol said.

St. Louis hit reliever Matt Carasiti for two runs in the sixth. Gorman scored on a throwing error by short stop Ezequiel Tovar and Michael Siani hit an RBI single with two outs.

TRANSACTIONS

Rockies: Recalled INF/OF Greg Jones and INF/OF Toglia from Triple-A Albuquerque.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rockies: INF/OF Kris Bryant (left rib contusion) has been placed on the 10-day injured list retroactive to June 3. He crashed into a wall and made a catch at Dodger Stadium on Sunday before missing the three-game series against the Reds. … OF Sean Bouchard (sprained right ankle) has been placed on the 10-day injured list. He left Wednesday’s game in the eighth inning against Cincinnati after landing incorrectly on a play at first base.

Cardinals: C Willson Contreras (broken left forearm) has a CT scan scheduled for Friday. He may start hitting if it shows progress in healing. … LHP Steven Matz (lower back strain) was scheduled to pitch two innings and throw 45 pitches for Triple-A Memphis on Thursday. He last pitched for the Cardinals on April 30.

NEXT ONE

Rockies: LHP Austin Gomber (1-3, 3.06 ERA) lost his last start, allowing three runs on five hits in a season-low three innings against the Dodgers.

Cardinals: RHP Lance Lynn (2-3, 3.23) allowed four unearned runs in four innings in his last start in Philadelphia.


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