Braden Looper pitched into the ninth inning in the longest outing of his career and went 2-for-3 with an RBI, and the St. Louis Cardinals hung on for a 6-5 win over the slumping Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night. Rick Ankiel hit his sixth homer of the season and Ryan Ludwick finished 4-for-4 with two doubles.
It was the eighth win in the past 10 games for the Cardinals. Looper (5-1) was two outs away from his first career complete game, but was pulled after back-to-back singles by Todd Helton and pinch hitter Ryan Spilborghs. Ryan Franklin picked up his first save of the season, but it didn't come easy.