The Cardinals got a decent -- if not spectacular -- spot start Saturday night from Mitchell Boggs.
Fortunately, the missing in action offense made a surprise appearance and the Redbirds beat the Nationals 9-4 to maintain their nine-game advantange over the Cubs.
Washington went ahead early, and the Cardinals struggled to rack up hits against Nationals starter Craig Stammen. But the ones they got counted -- bigtime.
Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday watches his homer fly over the left field wall Saturday against the Nationals while Albert Pujols circles the bases in front of him. AP photo.
First, Matt Holliday followed a pair of third inning walks with a three-run homer. Later, Colby Rasmus took a two-strike pitch from former Cardinals lefty Ron Villone 444 feet into the St. Louis night for a three run homer of his own.
The Cubs had already turned in a win over the Mets when the Birds took the field. But St. Louis cut its magic number to 25 with the offensive outburst and Adam Wainwright taking the hill on Sunday.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Rasmus was 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs.
Lowlight: Kyle McClellan gave up two hits and a walk while retiring only one Nationals hitter.