The Cardinals beat the Blue Jays Tuesday night at their own game, riding four homers to an 9-4 win at Toronto.
Leading the attack was red hot left fielder Matt Holliday who homered for the fourth consecutive game in a 3-for-5 night with two runs scored and two RBIs. Yadier Molina, Colby Rasmus and Felipe Lopez also joined the home run hit parade. Jays starter Brett Cecil is a lefty who the Cardinals haven't seen before, but it didn't matter as St. Louis had a total of eight extra base hits.
Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina connects for a home run Tuesday against Toronto. It was one of four Redbirds homers in the game. AP photo.
Rookie lefty Jaime Garcia arguably had his worst start of the season. After all, he gave up three runs in a game for the first time this year. But, in reality, it was a darn fine outing against a team that scores a whole lot of runs. Toronto leads the major leagues in home runs hit this season by plenty. But Garcia scattered six hits over six innings and allowed only one solo homer. He didn't issue a walk while striking out four and improved to 7-3 for the season although his ERA climbed to 1.79. (I'd be pleased as punch if it were 3.79.)
The Cardinals improved to eight games over .500 for the season, two shy of their high water mark in 2010.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Matt Holliday ... again.
Cardinals Play of the Game: In the eighth David Freeze made a diving spear of a hard hit ball to his left to rob the Jays of at least a double.
Lowlight: I don't know why Pujols and Holliday seem to never get hot at the same time. But Pujols was 0-for-4 with a strikeout and a pair of pop outs.