The Cardinals got eight excellent inning of pitching from a trio of rookies and all the runs they needed from the veteran sluggers to beat back the Brewers Friday night.
Shelby Miller started the game for St. Louis and allowed one run through six innings to best the guy he replaced in the Cardinals rotation, Kyle Lohse.
Matt Holliday hit a 458-foot home run to dead center in the third inning to give the Redbirds a 2-0 lead.
In the fifth Holliday and Yadier Molina scored on a double by Jon Jay to make the score 4-0. The Brewers plated one run after loading the bases in the bottom of the sixth and Miller faded.
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But in the top of the seventh Carlos Beltran got the run back with a solo homer that barely cleared the outfield wall. Then Holliday singled and went to third or a hit and run with Allen Craig at the plate. He scored when Milwaukee catcher Jonathan Lucroy got crossed up on a pitch and allowed the ball to skip past him to the backstop.
Carlos Martinez made his MLB debut in the bottom of the seventh and used 97 MPH heat to coax a double play after allowing a lead-off hit. Seth Maness made his MLB maiden voyage in the eighth and recorded a one-two-three inning.
Holliday and Craig each had three hits in the game. Jay, Molina and David Freese each had two.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Holliday was 3-for-4 at the plate with a home run, three runs scored and two batted in. He also got on base with a walk.
Cardinals Play of the Game: Holliday's homer
Lowlight: Ty Wigginton, who has disappeared on the Cardinals bench, struck out in a pinch hitting appearance. He's batting .143 for the season and basically has provided the Redbirds with nothing in terms of offensive production.