In what might have been his last start of the 2012 season, his Cardinals teammates threw a nice going away party with plenty of presents in the form of eight runs.
The Birds took a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning on a Matt Holliday two-run homer. Then they built on in the sixth, seventh and eighth frames to beat the Diamondbacks 8-2 at Busch Stadium.
It was a far cry from the pathetic support Kelly, who pitched 6 1/3 innings with two runs allowed on six hits Tuesday, has received over the bulk of his time in the starting rotation.
Jaime Garcia, who has been on the disabled list with a shoulder injury, pitched five innings Tuesday for Class AAA Memphis and allowed two runs on four hits and a walk. On the bright side, Garcia struck out eight. He seems to be likely to be reactivated by the Cardinals in time to make his next start in the big leagues in five days.
Centerfielder Jon Jay made a rare defensive miscue early in the game, failing to get back on a ball that glanced off his glove for a triple. But he made up for it with a great night with the bat. Jay cracked a homer and a single in four at bats and he added a walk while scoring one run and driving in a pair.
Allen Craig and Skip Schumaker also each had two hits.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Kelly struck out six in his 6 1/3 innings and was well in control for most of the night.
Cardinals Play of Game: Kelly's double play after Stephen Drew tripled with one out. He walked the next hitter to set up the force out and then converted the rally killing double dip.
Lowlight: David Freeze continued his slump with a hitless night in three at bats.