Yadier Molina was honored before the Cardinals' Saturday game against the Brewers with the Gold Glove award for being the best catcher in the National League and the Platinum Glove as the best overall defender in the senior circuit.
Then he spent the rest of the day demonstrating that he's a pretty darn good offensive player, too.
Molina was 4-for-4 with a homer, two runs scored and two runs driven in to help the Redbirds down Milwaukee 7-3 at Busch Stadium.
St. Louis starter Kyle Lohse, who improved to 4-0 on the season with the win, walked in the third and moved to third when Milwaukee first baseman Mat Gamel failed to field Rafael Furcal's grounder. Jon Jay, who was 3-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base, singled to right to drive in Lohse and push Furcal to third. Then Matt Holliday grounded into a fielder's choice to score Furcal and the Cardinals led 2-0.
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The clubs traded homers during the middle innings. Milwaukee third baseman Aramis Ramirez hit a homer to right center to cut the lead to 2-1 in the top of the fourth. David Freese hit a solo shot in the bottom half of the frame to make the game 3-1. Alex Gonzalez hit a solo shot in the top of the fifth to make it 3-2.
In the sixth, Lohse ran out of gas and issued a single and a double before walking the bases full... and then walking the eighth place hitter to tie the game.
But, after hitting a towering shot to right field that landed in the second deck just foul, Carlos Beltran worked a walk and then Molina hit a line drive homer to left field to put the Cardinals up for good by a 5-3 score.
Skip Schumaker doubled home Molina and Matt Carpenter in the eighth to provide an insurance run and the final 7-3 margin. Mitchell Boggs pitched a perfect eighth and Jason Motte allowed only a single in the ninth before closing out the game.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Molina
Cardinals Play of the Game: Molina's homer.
Lowlight: Furcal, who has been red hot of late, was 0-for-5 on the day and looks as if he might be ready for a rest.