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September 20, 2013

Rockies outlast Cardinals in 15, 7-6

DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Rockies are giving Todd Helton a thrilling curtain call to his 17-year career.

Corey Dickerson's RBI triple with one out in the bottom of the 15th inning gave the Rockies a 7-6 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday.

Charlie Blackmon finished with four hits and Troy Tulowitzki and Helton homered for the Rockies in tying the second-longest game in Coors Field history.

Matt Holliday had three hits for the Cardinals, who had their NL Central Division lead over Pittsburgh trimmed to one game. The Pirates beat San Diego 10-1 on Thursday.

"We control our own fate here," Cardinals infielder Pete Kozma said. "Losing games like this hurts a little bit. We still got to play. We keep on playing the way we have been, we'll be OK."

The game took 5 hours, 9 minutes and depleted both bullpens and benches in what became a game of attrition. St. Louis used 10 pitchers and five bench players but still came away on the losing end.

"You look on the other side, that's got to be a tough game for them," Tulowitzki said. "To play that many innings, lose, we'll see if that affects them. Just being a baseball fan you want to see if that affects them down the stretch."

In the first inning, Helton tagged out Matt Carpenter at first with the hidden-ball trick. After Roy Oswalt threw to first, Helton feigned a throw back to the mound and tagged Carpenter when he stepped off the bag to end the inning.

"(Oswalt) picked over the time before and threw it back and turned around and watched him step off the back of the bag," Helton said. "I was hoping he was going to pick again and he did. It worked. It's never worked. I've done it five or six times, giving it a half-hearted effort. I can't believe it worked. It's one of those things I wanted to do my whole career."

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