Brad Thompson had a career-high six strikeouts in 6 2-3 innings and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Colorado Rockies 3-0 Thursday. The Cardinals took two of three from the defending NL champions, who totaled five runs in the series. Colorado was 3-for-25 with runners in scoring position, two of the hits coming in the finale, but Todd Helton was thrown out at the plate in the sixth.
Thompson (1-0), a sinkerball specialist and swingman who's in the rotation while the Cardinals await several injured starters, walked two and allowed six hits. He also had his first career RBI. Rockies starter Ubaldo Jimenez (0-1) was in trouble throughout a five-inning stint, allowing three runs and seven hits. He walked five, struck out four and threw two wild pitches.