Bettis leads Rockies to 5th straight win, 3-1 over Cardinals

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Chad Bettis took a shutout into the seventh inning and drove in a run to lead the Colorado Rockies to a 3-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.Nolan Arrenado and Dustin Garneau had RBI singles, and Bettis added a run-scoring grounder as the Rockies got their season-high fifth straight win and won for only the fifth time in 22 games at Busch Stadium since 2010.Bettis (4-2) didn’t give up a hit until Jeremy Hazelbaker beat out an infield single leading off the fifth. The right-hander allowed five singles in 6 2/3 innings, walking two and striking out four.Jake McGee got the last three outs for his fifth save in the past six days and 13th of the season.Jaime Garcia (3-3) allowed three runs and five singles with four walks in five innings for St. Louis.Arenado drove in Colorado’s first run with a two-out single in the third after Charlie Blackmon singled and stole second.The Rockies added two in the fourth on a leadoff walk to Mark Reynolds, singles by DJ LeMahieu and Garneau and the fielder’s choice grounder by Bettis.The Cardinals finally reached Bettis in the seventh when they scored on consecutive two-out singles by Almedys Diaz, Kolten Wong and pinch-hitter Randal Grichuk.Bettis worked at least six innings for the eighth consecutive start in his first appearance at Busch Stadium. He allowed only two base runners in scoring position until tiring.TOP PROSPECT NEARS RETURNHard-throwing RHP Alex Reyes, the Cardinals’ No. 1-rated prospect, is expected to make his season debut Sunday for Triple-A Memphis. Reyes’ fastball has been clocked at 101 mph in extended-spring training outings against minor-leaguers. Reyes has been serving a 50-game suspension for testing positive for marijuana last fall.