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    June 21, 2016 5:23 PM PDT

    DENVER -- Todd Helton began his farewell tour in familiar style -- by getting a big hit for the Colorado Rockies. Helton started his final homestand with a key single in the eighth inning that helped the Rockies beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-2 on Monday night. Charlie Blackmon had three hits and drove in three runs for the Rockies, who prevented the Cardinals from taking over sole possession of first place in the NL Central. They remained tied with the Pittsburgh Pirates, who lost 2-0 to San Diego. "We are aware of where we are," St. Louis outfielder Matt Holliday said. Matt Carpenter and Matt Adams had two hits each for the Cardinals. Helton was playing in front of Colorado fans for the first time since he announced his plans to retire at the end of the season, his 17th. He went public Saturday when the Rockies were in Arizona, and Monday afternoon the team held a formal press conference. Helton talked about his future without baseball during the day, but he was all business during the game. He received a standing ovation when he came to the plate in the first, and Cardinals starter Lance Lynn stood behind the mound and waited as the crowd saluted Helton. The first baseman was given a loud ovation in each of his four plate appearances. His night started slow, but he had a big hit during the decisive rally. Troy Tulowitzki led off with a walk against reliever Trevor Rosenthal (2-4), and one out later Helton singled to centre to put runners at the corners. Wilin Rosario singled to give Colorado a 3-2 lead. "Todd had a huge hit. That was a huge hit in that inning," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "I dont expect anything different. I think hes going to have a huge homestand." Helton was caught in a rundown between third and home for the second out, but Blackmon doubled to right to score Josh Rutledge from first to make it 4-2. Pinch-hitter Ryan Wheelers two-run single off John Axford gave the Rockies a 6-2 cushion. "I had a pitch that could have been a double play and it turned out to be a flare into right field," Axford said. The four-run eighth was a rare misstep by the Cardinals bullpen. "Overall our bullpen has been very, very good," manager Mike Matheny said. "They will bounce back." Collin McHugh started for Colorado in place of lefty Jorge De La Rosa, who has a sore thumb on his pitching hand that forced him to miss his turn in the rotation. McHugh allowed one run and four hits, with the only damage coming on David Freeses RBI single in the fifth. He left after throwing 75 pitches in five innings. Lynn stuck around longer and got stronger as the game progressed. He scattered four hits through six innings and didnt let a runner past first after Tulowitzkis first-inning double before running into trouble in the seventh. After Lynn retired Helton in a nine-pitch at-bat, Rosario singled and moved to third on Rutledges bloop single to right. Left-hander Kevin Siegrist relieved Lynn, and Blackmon lined an RBI single over the pulled-in infield to give the Rockies a 2-1 lead. "He throws really hard so I was trying to catch up to a fastball," Blackmon said. "I knew that was going to be a tough at-bat, just trying to battle from the start and get a good swing on it." The Cardinals tied it in the eighth on Carpenters RBI double off Chad Bettis (1-3) that scored pinch-runner Pete Kozma from second. The Rockies took a 1-0 lead in the first on Tulowitzkis RBI double. NOTES: Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez will see a hand specialist in Cleveland this week to see if he needs surgery on his injured right middle finger. "It looks like Im going to," Gonzalez said. "I think thats what is best for my finger right now. Im thinking about the future. I dont want to continue to deal with the same pain over and over. If thats what I have to do, Im going to do it." ... Adams has consecutive multihit games. ... Rockies 3B Nolan Arenado left in the second inning after aggravating an injury to his right thumb. ... The Rockies made a donation to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund as the area recovers from devastating flooding. ... Carpenter extended his hitting streak to eight games. Nike Air Max 2016 Blauw.B. - Sebastien Auger made 44 saves as the Saint John Sea Dogs edged the visiting Acadie-Bathurst Titan 2-1 on Saturday in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action. Nike Air Max 2016 Kopen. Once again Jordan Cieciwa (@FitCityJordan) and I (@LynchOnSports) go head to head in our picks. Last weekend at UFC Fight Night 32 my #TeamLynch got the best of #TeamJC by a score of 9-6. Let us know which side youre on for UFC 167 use the hashtag #TeamLynch or #TeamJC on Twitter. Vokoun departed practice on Saturday morning after discovering swelling in his thigh. He was taken to a local hospital where the clot was revealed. The club announced the surgery following a 5-3 exhibition loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Nike Air Max 90 Premium Oem - The game was all punts and field goals before Kodi Whitfields catch. Nike Air Max 90 2016. From filmmaker Nanette Burstein (On the Ropes), The Price of Gold revisits the saga that rocked the figure skating world ahead of the 1994 Lillehammer Olympic Winter Games: the assault on Nancy Kerrigan, and the plot that led its way back to her rival Tonya Harding.Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux has cancelled any weekend travel plans to Calgary. The 25-year-old Giroux says hes not going to attend Hockey Canadas summer orientation camp ahead of the 2014 Sochi Olympics, according to TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun. Giroux - who underwent surgery on his index finger on Thursday after his club snapped during a round of golf in Ottawa - is opting instead to focus on rehabbing the injury. He is expected to be out of action for 5-6 weeks. Giroux was one of 25 forwards invoted last July to the camp, scheduled to begin Sunday in Calgary. At this point in time, Hockey Canada doesnt intend to invite another player in his absence, acccording to LeBrun.dddddddddddd The camp will not feature on-ice activity due to insurance concerns with the players respective NHL clubs but will instead focus on information and team-bonding, according to Team Canada executive director Steve Yzerman. Giroux has been a standout with the Flyers over the past three seasons, leading the team in points every year since 2010-11. Originally selected in the first round (22nd overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft by the Flyers, Giroux has amassed 91 goals and 200 assists in 333 career NHL games. Catch live coverage of Hockey Canadas Olympic orientation camp media conference on TSN and Sunday at 5pm et/2pm pt. 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