Besides a shaky start, Brad Penny was brilliant againt Monday on the road against Arizona.
He allowed a pair of run in the first, then shut the Diamondbacks out for seven innings before yielding to the bullpen in a 4-2 win.
Penny allowed eight hits and a walk while striking out five. It looked like he was in big trouble with one out in the seventh and men at first and third while clinging to a one-run lead. But the poised Penny got Stephen Drew to ground into a 6-3 double play to end the threat.
Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols slides home with an insurance run in the top of the ninth inning in a 4-2 win over the Diamondbacks. AP photo.
The Cardinals were held scoreless until the fifth inning when Ryan Ludwick drew a walk and then scored on a Matt Holliday line drive homer into the left field stands. The way the ball came off the bat, I never imagined it would go over the fence. But the ball carried out and the suddenly resurgent Holliday was 3-for-5 to raise his batting average back up to the .340 mark.
Everyone in the starting lineup except for Penny had at least one hit. Colby Rasmus, who struggled at home before a big homer Sunday, had two.
Cardinals star of the Game: Penny
Cardinals play of the Game: Holliday's fifth inning homer.
Lowlight: Skip Schumaker killed a first inning Cardinals rally in a bizarre baserunning play. Schumaker retreated to second base on a fly ball to center, but when the ball was already in the air on its way to the cutoff man, Schumaker took off for third when the Diamondbacks third sacker was about 10 yards away from the bag. It wasn't even close as Schumaker was tagged out to end the inning.