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Holliday's bomb lifts Cards, helps Pineiro win eighth straight decision

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ST. LOUIS -- Matt Holliday is batting .371 since joining the St. Louis Cardinals, spurring a charge that's putting them on the list of teams to beat in the postseason.

But he'll never be surprised when teams pitch around Albert Pujols to get to him. Pujols drew his major league-leading 40th intentional walk to set the stage for Holliday's go-ahead three-run homer in a 7-6 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night.

"I'm going to anticipate Albert being walked if Babe Ruth is hitting behind him," Holliday said. "I mean, 42 home runs on Sept. 1. I think he's the best player of all time.

"Look at his first nine seasons and it would be hard to argue."

The intentional walks have slowed down for Pujols, who had 32 at the All-Star break but now is the centerpiece of a much more complete lineup. He had none the first 19 games of August, during which the Cardinals went 14-5.

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Still, opponents want somebody else to beat them.

"Obviously, having Matt and Mark DeRosa in our lineup it's not easy now," Pujols said. "You have to make a pitch and not make a mistake because they're going to make you pay."

Holliday's 20th homer overall and ninth in 35 games with St. Louis lifted Joel Pineiro (14-9) to his eighth straight win.

Pujols hit his major league-leading 42nd homer in the fourth for the Cardinals, who are a major-league best 26-9 since the July 24 trade with the Athletics for Holliday. They're 30-4 since July 1 in starts by their big three -- Adam Wainwright, Chris Carpenter and Pineiro.

Rookie Casey McGehee hit a three-run homer in the first and matched his career high with four RBI for the Brewers, who entered a three-game series against the NL Central leaders with a three-game winning streak.

Skip Schumaker doubled off David Weathers (3-5) with one out in the seventh, and Pujols got his free pass before Holliday drove Todd Coffey's first pitch an estimated 416 feet over the wall in left-center.

"I went right after him and he got me," Coffey said of Holliday, a career .406 hitter with six homers and 16 RBI at new Busch Stadium. "I tried to use his aggressiveness against him."

The Cardinals have won Pineiro's last 11 starts and 12 of 13. Pineiro escaped an early hole after only the seventh homer he's surrendered all season.

Pineiro allowed one more run in his final six innings, retiring 13 of 14 at one point. He helped himself by making the Brewers pound his sinker, striking out none for the third time this season but instead producing 16 groundouts that kept shortstop Brendan Ryan busy (10 assists).

Ryan Franklin, hours after signing a two-year contract extension, allowed two runs in the ninth before getting his NL-leading 37th save in 39 chances. J.J. Hardy, recalled from Triple-A Nashville earlier in the day, and Felipe Lopez each had an RBI.

St. Louis manager Tony La Russa worried about the focus of Franklin and Trever Miller, who also signed a contract extension, before using them. Miller struck out Prince Fielder with a man on for the first out of the eighth.

"I don't have any numbers to support it, but especially for a pitcher, you announce something that day and it's distracting," La Russa said. "Ryan was really fired up, he didn't have that calmness. Why, I don't know, but he fought through it."

Coffey has given up four homers in his last five outings covering 5 2/3 innings, including two in the 13th inning and the loss against the Reds on Aug. 26.

McGehee's 12th homer to straightaway center with two outs in the first gave the Brewers and Braden Looper a three-run cushion. The lead evaporated in the fourth when Pujols' homer was the first of four straight hits, with Colby Rasmus adding an RBI single and the tying run scoring on a doubleplay ball.

The Brewers singled three times in the sixth and took the lead on McGehee's single. St. Louis tied it in the bottom of the sixth on Ryan Ludwick's double and Yadier Molina's RBI single, both with two out.

Notes

  • Looper worked six innings for the fourth straight start, giving up four runs on eight hits.
  • Cardinals RHP Todd Wellemeyer (elbow) had a poor start to an injury rehab assignment Monday with Triple-A Memphis, allowing four runs on three hits in two-thirds of an inning.
  • The Cardinals activated Troy Glaus from the 60-day DL before the game. Glaus, out since shoulder surgery in January, was on deck as a pinch hitter in the eighth when the third out was made.
 
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That's how it's done. Matt Holliday (center) rocks St. Louis with a three-run HR in the seventh inning.  (AP)
That's how it's done. Matt Holliday (center) rocks St. Louis with a three-run HR in the seventh inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

M. Holliday
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Milwaukee

C. McGehee
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
 

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Milwaukee Brewers
Felipe Lopez, 2B5121002 .312
Jody Gerut, RF5110013 .214
Ryan Braun, LF3010100 .310
Prince Fielder, 1B3100112 .298
Casey McGehee, 3B4124001 .296
Mike Cameron, CF4110002 .258
Jason Kendall, C4000003 .245
J.J. Hardy, SS4011000 .229
Braden Looper, P1000000 .208
   a- Craig Counsell, PH1010000 .289
    David Weathers, P0000000 .000
    Todd Coffey, P0000000 .000
    Chris Narveson, P0000000 .000
   b- Frank Catalanotto, PH0100100 .283
Totals3469632  
a-doubled for Looper in the 7th
b-walked for Narveson in the 9th
Batting
2B - Mike Cameron (27, Franklin), Craig Counsell (19, Pineiro)
HR - Casey McGehee (12, Pineiro)
SH - Braden Looper (10)
RBI - Felipe Lopez (46), Casey McGehee 4 (44), J.J. Hardy (46)
2-OUT RBI - Felipe Lopez (22), Casey McGehee 3 (27)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Hardy-Fielder
Milwaukee Brewers
Braden Looper 6844111 4.92
David Weathers (L,3-5) 0.2122100 3.58
Todd Coffey 0.1111001 2.73
Chris Narveson 1000000 5.40
IBB - Rasmus by Braden Looper, Pujols by David Weathers
Pitches-Strikes - Braden Looper 104-68, David Weathers 13-6, Todd Coffey 4-2, Chris Narveson 10-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Braden Looper 9-7, Todd Coffey 1-0
Batters Faced - Braden Looper 26, David Weathers 4, Todd Coffey 2, Chris Narveson 3
St. Louis Cardinals
Skip Schumaker, 2B4110010 .295
Brendan Ryan, SS4000001 .289
Albert Pujols, 1B3211100 .320
Matt Holliday, LF4223000 .310
Ryan Ludwick, RF4220000 .264
Colby Rasmus, CF3021100 .259
Yadier Molina, C4021000 .285
Joe Thurston, 3B3000004 .226
   a- Mark DeRosa, PH-3B1000000 .261
Joel Pineiro, P2000000 .148
   b- Khalil Greene, PH1000000 .209
    Blake Hawksworth, P0000000 .000
    Trever Miller, P0000000 .000
    Kyle McClellan, P0000000 .000
    Ryan Franklin, P0000000 .000
Totals33710621  
a-flied out for Thurston in the 8th
b-flied out for Pineiro in the 7th
Batting
2B - Skip Schumaker (31, Weathers), Ryan Ludwick (15, Looper)
HR - Albert Pujols (42, Looper), Matt Holliday (20, Coffey)
RBI - Albert Pujols (111), Matt Holliday 3 (89), Colby Rasmus (45), Yadier Molina (44)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Holliday 3 (37), Yadier Molina (18)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Thurston-Schumaker-Pujols
St. Louis Cardinals
Joel Pineiro (W,14-9) 7744101 3.19
Blake Hawksworth0000100 2.86
Trever Miller (H,12) 0.1000010 1.75
Kyle McClellan (H,14) 0.2000000 3.07
Ryan Franklin (S,36) 1222110 1.37
Pitches-Strikes - Joel Pineiro 92-56, Blake Hawksworth 5-1, Trever Miller 5-3, Kyle McClellan 5-2, Ryan Franklin 30-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joel Pineiro 16-5, Kyle McClellan 1-0, Ryan Franklin 2-0
Batters Faced - Joel Pineiro 29, Blake Hawksworth 1, Trever Miller 1, Kyle McClellan 1, Ryan Franklin 6
Game Information
Attendance - 40119
Game Time - 2:42
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Gerry Davis, First Base - Mike Muchlinski, Second Base - C.B. Bucknor, Third Base - Mike Everitt