Paulsen and Co. provide crucial insurance runs
First baseman homers, drives in three runs in Saturday's win over Cards
ST. LOUIS -- For the second time this series, the Rockies' offense produced against the vaunted Cardinals. This time, Ben Paulsen made sure the production led to victory.
Paulsen led off the sixth with his eighth homer this season, off Lance Lynn, and added a two-run double against Seth Maness in the seventh as the Rockies won, 6-2.
"I was just standing tall and being on the fastball -- they've thrown me a lot of fastballs the last couple of days," Paulsen said.
On Thursday, the Rockies chased Cards standout Carlos Martinez early and scored throughout, but it wasn't enough in a 9-8 loss. After doing little offensively in Friday's 7-0 loss, Paulsen helped the Rockies open enough of a lead for starter Jorge De La Rosa.
Paulsen wasn't the only productive hitter. Charlie Blackmon tripled in the first and doubled in the third. Nolan Arenado, who had just one home run since going deep twice on June 27, added a two-run homer off Lynn in the third. DJ LeMahieu, who has quietly stayed among the National League batting leaders, went 2-for-5 to lift his batting average to .326.
"Our lineup is strong," Paulsen said. "Everybody knows that. Opposing teams know that. If we put runs up, our pitching is good enough to win."
Rockies manager Walt Weiss said, "[Cards righty Micahel] Wacha shut us down last night, but the other two games we've played really well, offensively. We've been playing really well offensively lately."