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MLB: St. Louis 6, Colorado 2

July 5, 2012 at 11:35 PM

ST. LOUIS, July 5 (UPI) -- Carlos Beltran's two-run double highlighted a five-run St. Louis fifth inning Thursday and the Cardinals went on to down Colorado 6-2.

St. Louis won three out of four in the series and has captured nine of its last 13.

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The Cardinals had seven hits in the game and used three of them, along with a stretch of wildness by Christian Friedrich (4-6), to put together their big inning.

Singles by David Freese and walks to Matt Carpenter and Lance Lynn loaded the bases to start the fifth. One out later Jon Jay drew a walk to force in a run and Matt Holliday then singled in another.

That brought up Beltran, whose double to center added to the lead. The final run of the inning scored on a fielder's choice grounder by Allen Craig.

Winning pitcher Lance Lynn (11-4) left the game after throwing six shutout innings and 104 pitches. He gave up four hits and struck out seven.

Tyler Colvin hit a two-run homer for the Rockies in the eighth.

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