Those who have forgotten that Matt Holliday is capable of carrying the Cardinals are getting a big reminder as the Birds head to the All-Star Break.
The hot hitting Holliday doubled in the Cardinals first run in the opening inning Wednesday against Colorado. And he put the cherry on top of a 4-1 win when he led off the bottom of eighth with a single and then stole second base to key a two run rally insurance rally.
Holliday was 3-for-4 with a run scored, a run driven in and a stolen base in the game. He's got 12 hits in his last 21 at bats with seven RBIs and two homers since June 29.
Adam Wainwright started the game and was effective, although he labored. He allowed one run on eight hits and a walk over six innings and had to depart with his 104 pitches matching the game time temperature. With the win, Waino improved to 7-8 on the season with a 4.56 ERA.
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Maikel Cleto and Marc Rzepczynski each pitched a scoreless inning before Jason Motte came in. And the Cardinals closer needed every bit of the three-run lead he had, putting the tying run at the plate before finally getting the final out with a strikeout.
Skip Schumaker got an increasingly rare start at second base and was 2-for-2 to push his average to .296 and he scored a run. Jon Jay drove in a run the hard way by being hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
The Cardinals have been seemingly making more of an effort to run lately with three stolen bases Wednesday. Holliday, Carlos Beltran and Daniel Descalso all swiped bags.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Holliday
Cardinals Play of the Game: In the sixth, with one out, the Rockies had men on first and second with one out when the Redbirds turned one of the stranger double plays you'll ever see. Jonathan Herrera lined a ball that first baseman Allen Craig dove to try to catch. Craig knocked it down, but couldn't hang on for the out. With the runners caught in no man's land, Craig threw to second for one out and then shortstop Rafael Furcal threw it to third where David Freese applied the tag on the runner for the second out.
Lowlight: Motte seems incapable of an unexciting save. He allowed two hits to put the tying run on base with a three-run lead. And one of the outs he managed was a line drive right at an infielder.