Antonio Senzatela authors another sterling outing as Rockies blast Cardinals in return home

Bud Black spoke about the young starting pitchers for the Rockies on Friday afternoon as if he were providing a word bank for a Mad Lib puzzle.

His crisp, one-word sentences provided simplification to the confounding performances by the young hurlers who have helped lead the Rockies to the top of the National League.

Antonio Senzatela’s sterling outing in a 10-0 victory over the Cardinals in front of 40,312 at Coors Field, complemented by a late offensive explosion, provided another crisp canvas to paint with his manager’s vocabulary.

Here’s one way to fill it out:

Senzatela once again displayed the “competitiveness” that has been a hallmark of his rookie season, tossing eight scoreless innings and surrendering only four hits. He improved to 7-1, tying him for the most wins in the majors, and lowered his ERA to 3.19 while allowing only one Cardinals hitter to reach second base.

Boxscore: Colorado 10, St. Louis 0

The 22-year-old right-hander displayed his best “stuff” from the start. He churned out one groundball after another, rendering the two singles the Cardinals mustered in the first two innings harmless with the help of a pair of double plays.

Senzatela, who struck out three and walked none, retired 10 straight during one stretch, working at the determined pace of quick-clicking metronome. When he finally did run into trouble in the sixth, after Randal Grichuk led off with a double, Senzatela showed “poise.”

Kolten Wong flew out to center, advancing Grichuk to third. Senzatela then struck out pitcher Carlos Martinez for the second out. Dexter Fowler then hit a slow grounder to first base. Senzatela sprinted off the mound, showing “awareness” as he dropped his foot on the bag just ahead of Fowler.