Holliday finished with two of the five hits recorded by the
Cardinals, who maintained their 2 1/2-game lead over second-place
Pittsburgh in the National League Central. John Lackey (14-9)
allowed one run and six hits over 7 2/3 innings and Seth Maness
recorded the final out for his third save as St. Louis improved to
6-1 on its nine-game homestand while winning for the 11th time in 12
overall contests at Busch Stadium.
Zack Cozart went 2-for-3 with an RBI and Brandon Phillips also
recorded two hits for the Reds, who fell to 1-6 on their nine-game
road trip. David Holmberg (1-2) yielded two runs on five hits and
three walks in six frames as Cincinnati had its three-game winning
streak against the Cardinals come to an end.
St. Louis got to Holmberg early as Grichuk deposited an 0-1 offering
over the wall in left-center field with one out in the first inning.
Three pitches later, Holliday pounded a shot to center for his 19th
of the season and a 2-0 lead.
Cincinnati halved the deficit in the second as Devin Mesoraco led
off with a single. Jay Bruce delivered a one-out base hit and, after
Ryan Ludwick flied to center, Cozart plated Mesoraco with a single
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GAME NOTEBOOK: Cincinnati put runners on the corners with one out
in the ninth against RHP Trevor Rosenthal, but LHP Randy Choate came
on to strike out Bruce and Maness induced a flyout by Ludwick to
seal the win. ... St. Louis improved to 30-22 in one-run games this
season. ... The Cardinals reduced their magic number for clinching
the NL Central title to seven.
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