The Cardinals bullpen was pretty darn good for a change. But it still wasn't enough to reverse the club's recent losing ways.
Starting pitcher Jake Westbrook couldn't make it through five innings. He gave up 10 hits and four earned runs in 4 1/3 innings and left with the bases loaded in the top of the fifth with the Redbirds already down 4-2.
Mitchell Boggs came in with no wiggle room and he struck out the only two batters he faced to keep the Cardinals in the game. Newly arrived hurler Lance Lynn, a starter in the minors, took over and pitched three relief frames allowing a hit and a walk with no runs. And in the sixth inning Matt Holliday hit a line drive homer into the visitors' bullpen to knot the score at four runs each.
Unfortunately, in the top of the ninth American League home run champ lifted an opposite field blast just over the glove of right fielder Jon Jay to give Toronto a 5-4 lead the Cardinals weren't able to overcome in the bottom of the ninth. The homer came against closer Fernando Salas.
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Cardinals Star of the Game: Holliday was 2-for-4 with a homer, a run scored and a pair of RBIs.
Cardinals Play of the Game: It's actually two plays -- Boggs' strikeouts in the fifth inning.
Lowlight: Another short start from Jake Westbrook. He's really got to become more efficient and effective. Westbrook makes way too much money to be a five-inning pitcher with a 5.33 ERA.