Matt Holliday left four runners on base Thursday night against the Pirates and Jason Motte blew a one-run lead in the ninth inning to put the Cardinals back in sole possession of third place in the National League central.
Holliday struck out, popped up and hit into a double play to kill a fifth inning first and third rally with one out. Motte gave up back-to-back homers in the ninth inning to blow a 1-0 lead and waste a nice performance by starter Kyle Lohse.
Lohse hurled 6 2/3 scoreless innings while allowing only four hits and he scored the Cardinals' only run of the game.
The Cardinals managed only six hits in the game -- and only two of those made it out of the infield.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Lohse
Cardinals Play of the Game: Jose Oquendo's decision to send Lohse home with what would have been the tying run. It seemed like a risky play at the time. But with wet playing conditions, the gamble paid off and the Birds scored on an Allen Craig single.
Lowlight: Holliday's oh-fer night.