The St. Louis Cardinals lost in 15 innings to the Colorado Rockies 7-6.
The Cardinals lead the Pisttburgh Pirates, who defeated San Diego, 10-1. by one game. The Cincinnati Reds are right there; two games back.
Pete Kozma hit into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning. It proved fatal to the Cardinals.
DJ LeMahieu singled off Fernando Salas in the 15th inning. Charlie Dickerson tripled off the rightfield wall as LeMahieu scored when Yadier Molina couldn't come up with a short hop relay from Kelton Wong.
It was the Rockies' 21st hit of the game.
The Cardinals came back from a 4-0 deficit to forge a 4-4 tie. St, Louis took a 5-4 lead in the eighth but the Rockies answered. Matt Holliday singled in the ninth to put the Cardinals ahead 6-5,
Veteran Todd Helton, who announced that he would retire at the end of the season hit his 14th home run of the season off Edward Mujica. It was the second time the Rockie great faced Mujica in the last 24 hours.
Mujica sealed the Cardinals win Wednesday night by striking out Helton with the bases loaded,