The Cardinals, led by Matt Holliday's bat, rallied from behind Wednesday night to beat the Rockies and keep pace with Cincinnati and Pittsburgh in the National League Central.
The Birds took an early lead in the game when Allen Craig doubled and then Holliday hit an opposite field homer to make the score 2-0 after an inning. In the second, Yadier Molina got on with a double and then Tyler Greene narrowly missed a home run. The ball hit the glove of Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzalez above the left field wall but flipped out when Cargo crashed backwards into the barrier. The hit was good for an RBI double and the Redbirds led 3-0.
Starting pitcher Jake Westbrook, in what has become a familiar pattern of late, pitched great for most of the game but suddenly found himself in a funk from which it seemed he would never emerge.
In the sixth inning he gave up a double, a double, a triple and a double all before recording an out. Colorado took a 4-3 lead before Westbrook seemed to steady, getting a pair of outs. But he gave up a two-out double to make the score 5-3 before finally getting out of the inning.
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In the top of the seventh, Skip Schumaker pinch hit for Westbrook and drew a walk then Daniel Descalso singled. Craig struck out to put the Rockies in position to get out of the inning with a double play. But Holliday strode to the plate and hit a towering three-run homer to put the Cardinals back ahead by a 6-5 score.
The game went into a long rain delay. After the break the Cardinals scored a run in the eighth and two more in the ninth to put the game away and won by an eventual 9-6 score.
Edwards Mujica, obtained in a deadline trade with the Marlins, made his Cardinals debut in th game and pitched a perfect inning of relief.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Holliday.
Cardinals Play of the Game: Holliday's second homer.
Lowlight: Westbrook gave up five earned runs in six innings and got his 10th win for the effort. Meanwhile Joe Kelly keeps getting tagged with losses while pitching much better than that.