Holliday delivers go-ahead hit in win over Reds

News-DemocratApril 8, 2014 

— Matt Holliday wouldn't let the Cincinnati Reds wriggle off the hook.

Holliday's two-out, two-run double to right in the sixth inning eluded Jay Bruce's reach and put the St. Louis Cardinals ahead to stay in a 7-5 victory over the Reds at Busch Stadium.

The hit, against reliever Logan Ondrusek, made it 6-5, and Peter Bourjos provided seventh-inning insurance with an RBI single. The comeback made a winner of Lance Lynn (2-0).

Lynn, who spotted Cincinnati a 4-0 lead, allowed five runs (earned) on eight hits in six innings, with no walks and four strikeouts. Randy Choate, Carlos Martinez and Trevor Rosenthal followed Lynn with one scoreless inning apiece.

Holliday, as has been his custom in recent seasons, dressed hurriedly and was not available to talk to reporters. But Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said his team's "resilient effort" had much to do with Holliday coming through in the sixth.

"We needed something big to happen there," Matheny said. "It's amazing how the ball jumps off his bat. The ball wasn't really carrying that much, but it did for him today. We had a number of big hits, but that one stands out."

Since the start of the 2003 season, the Cardinals have won 26 of 31 series played against the Reds in St. Louis.

Bourjos and Yadier Molina each had three hits for the Cardinals. Molina homered, singled and doubled, while Bourjos had two singles, a double and an RBI to lead a 13-hit attack against Homer Bailey and three relievers.

Matt Carpenter, Kolten Wong and Matt Adams each had two hits. Wong's two-run triple highlighted St. Louis' four-run second.

"I definitely want to bring that confidence back," said Wong, who batted second and also stole a base. "I had it all through the minor leagues, but when I came up last year, I had that star-struck (feeling). I didn't know what was going on. I was kind of in awe where I was like, 'I'm really in the big leagues now.'

"This year, I'm playing with the mindset that I belong here."

Bourjos opened the sixth by shooting a double past first against Ondrusek (0-1). Pinch-hitter Daniel Descalso sacrificed Bourjos to third and Carpenter was hit by a pitch.

After Wong struck out, Bruce drifted on Holliday's drive to the warning track. Bruce had more room to go back, but he instead pulled up and tried to glove the ball, which bounced off the wall as Bourjos and Carpenter scored the go-ahead runs.

"It might have been a tough play, but I should have caught that," Bruce said. "I jumped a tad early. Error or not, it's a ball I should have caught and I expect to catch. You guys know I take a lot of pride in defense. I could have taken another half-step and jumped and it would have been different."

Rosenthal, who was charged with a pair of ninth-inning runs in a non-save situation Monday, registered his third save despite permitting a leadoff single to pinch-hitter Brayan Pena. He followed with strikeouts of Devin Mesoraco and pinch-hitter Roger Bernadina before Billy Hamilton flied out to Holliday in left.

The Reds pounced on Lynn in the first. After Brandon Phillips doubled, Joey Votto was hit by a pitch ahead of a two-run triple to right by Bruce. Ryan Ludwick followed with a sacrifice fly.

Cincinnati also scored three in the first off Lynn on Thursday at Great American Ball Park in a game the Cardinals won 7-6.

"If you look at it, I make one bad pitch and it costs (us) a couple of runs," Lynn said. "They get a triple on the one bad pitch and the (next) guy hits a sacrifice fly. Pretty much the one pitch costs you three runs. ... Votto and Bruce back-to-back right there are a tough situation. I've got to navigate myself through that a little better."

Mesoraco, fresh off the Reds' disabled list, doubled to left-center with one out in the second. Mesoraco went to third on Bailey's grounder and scored on Hamilton's single to make it 4-0.

The Cardinals answered with a four-run second against Bailey which began with Molina's third home run of the season. Last season, Molina didn't hit his third homer until May 27.

Carpenter had an RBI single in the inning and Wong's two-run triple into the right-field corner made it 4-4.

Wong, who singled in the first and walked in the fourth, had reached base in six consecutive plate appearances until he struck out in the sixth against Ondrusek.

Singles by Votto and Bruce with one out in the fifth preceded an infield out by Ludwick that put Cincinnati back on top 5-4.

Bailey was touched for four runs (earned) on nine hits in five innings.

Contact reporter David Wilhelm at dwilhelm@bnd.com or 239-2665. Follow him on Twitter: @DavidMWilhelm.

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