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Holliday surpasses 100-RBI mark, Cards knock off Marlins

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ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals took off after the Matt Holliday trade. So did their new cleanup hitter.

Holliday drove in three runs to top 100 RBI for the third time in his career and the bullpen rescued struggling Todd Wellemeyer in an 11-6 victory over the Florida Marlins on Monday night.

"It means my teammates got on base a lot for me this year," Holliday said. "They did a great job."

Albert Pujols had two hits plus the go-ahead sacrifice fly in a three-run fourth inning and Skip Schumaker had three hits, a walk and scored three times. The Cardinals, who finished with 17 hits, bounced back from a three-game sweep by Atlanta and reduced their magic number for clinching the NL Central to 10.

"You're going to have an ebb and flow in the season," Holliday said. "You just keep fighting and trying to scratch runs across and having good at-bats. There's no rhyme or reason why certain things happen a lot of times."

Holliday and Ryan Ludwick had two-run singles off Ricky Nolasco (11-9) in a four-run first that matched St. Louis' season best for that inning. Holliday added an RBI double off the base of the wall in left in a four-run eighth capped by Colby Rasmus' three-run homer off Matt Lindstrom after the bullpen nursed a one-run lead for four innings.

"They did a great job," Wellemeyer said. "They picked me up big-time."

Holliday has 102 RBI on the year and is batting .371 with a team-leading 48 RBI in 47 games since being acquired from Oakland on July 24, launching the Cardinals on a 33-14 tear. He is 7 for 11 with two homers and five RBI against Nolasco, who gave up seven runs and 10 hits in five innings to end a three-game winning streak over five starts.

Wellemeyer had worked only three innings since Aug. 4 heading into a fill-in start for John Smoltz (shoulder tendinitis), and rust was evident. The Marlins climbed back with single runs in the second and third and four in the fourth, tying it on Chris Coghlan's two-run triple and taking a 6-4 lead on Nick Johnson's eighth homer and first since Aug. 7.

The Cardinals answered with three straight one-out hits in the bottom of the fourth, singles by pinch-hitter Khalil Greene and Schumaker ahead of Julio Lugo's two-run triple. Pujols followed with a sacrifice fly for the lead.

"I pitched ahead almost the whole game and they just hit good pitches," Nolasco said. "That's one of the best lineups in the league."

Disregarding the numbers, Wellemeyer said this is the best he's felt all season. A 13-game winner in 2008, he might not have a spot on the postseason roster.

"I think about it," Wellemeyer said. "I don't know what they're going to do. Hopefully I can make some strides the next couple weeks."

Blake Hawksworth (4-0) allowed one hit in 1 1/3 innings and was the first of five relievers who limited the Marlins to two hits over the final five innings.

The ninth spot in the St. Louis lineup had three singles, one each by Wellemeyer, Greene and pinch-hitter Brendan Ryan.

Notes

  • St. Louis hasn't lost four in a row since a five-game skid June 5-9.
  • Cardinals 3B Troy Glaus tweaked a side muscle on a checked swing during a pinch-hit at-bat on Saturday and has been unavailable the last two days. Glaus said the team was waiting for pain to localize before administering a painkilling injection.
  • Marlins SS Hanley Ramirez played despite flulike symptoms and was 1 for 4 with his sixth three-strikeout game of the year. He also lost control of his bat on a strikeout in the fourth and it nailed a youngster sitting behind the Marlins' dugout, although he wasn't seriously hurt.
  • Jeremy Hermida (right side) missed his 11th game and isn't expected back until next week.
  • Cody Ross had an infield hit in the second and is 14 for 38 (.368) during a nine-game hitting streak.
  • Holliday is a .401 career hitter at 4-year-old Busch Stadium with 13 homers and 34 RBI in 36 games.
 
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Matt Holliday, who drives in three runs, reaches the 100-RBI plateau for the third time in his career.  (AP)
Matt Holliday, who drives in three runs, reaches the 100-RBI plateau for the third time in his career. (AP)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

C. Rasmus
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
Florida

N. Johnson
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Florida Marlins
Chris Coghlan, LF5122003 .307
Nick Johnson, 1B5222021 .301
Hanley Ramirez, SS4010131 .360
Jorge Cantu, 3B5010012 .281
Dan Uggla, 2B3110110 .243
John Baker, C2110202 .268
Cody Ross, RF4011002 .273
Cameron Maybin, CF4110011 .225
Ricky Nolasco, P1000012 .140
   a- Gaby Sanchez, PH1010000 .214
    Brendan Donnelly, P0000000 .000
    Renyel Pinto, P0000000 .000
   b- Ross Gload, PH0000000 .262
   c- Wes Helms, PH1000000 .279
    Matt Lindstrom, P0000000 .000
    Tim Wood, P0000000 .500
Totals35611549  
a-singled for Nolasco in the 6th
b-announced for Pinto in the 8th
c-grounded out for Gload in the 8th
Batting
2B - Nick Johnson (24, Wellemeyer)
3B - Chris Coghlan (6, Wellemeyer)
HR - Nick Johnson (8, Wellemeyer)
SH - Ricky Nolasco (10)
RBI - Chris Coghlan 2 (42), Nick Johnson 2 (61), Cody Ross (85)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Coghlan 2 (15), Nick Johnson 2 (28)
PK - Chris Coghlan (1, Reyes)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Uggla-H. Ramirez-N. Johnson, Uggla-H. Ramirez-N. Johnson
E - Jorge Cantu (11, Misplayed grounder), Dan Uggla (13, Throwing)
Florida Marlins
Ricky Nolasco (L,11-9) 51077040 5.46
Brendan Donnelly 1200010 1.74
Renyel Pinto 1100000 3.23
Matt Lindstrom 0.2244311 5.83
Tim Wood 0.1200010 2.04
IBB - Pujols by Matt Lindstrom
HBP - Pujols (by Brendan Donnelly)
Pitches-Strikes - Ricky Nolasco 97-70, Brendan Donnelly 15-10, Renyel Pinto 10-6, Matt Lindstrom 30-14, Tim Wood 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ricky Nolasco 3-9, Brendan Donnelly 1-0, Renyel Pinto 2-1
Batters Faced - Ricky Nolasco 26, Brendan Donnelly 5, Renyel Pinto 4, Matt Lindstrom 6, Tim Wood 3
St. Louis Cardinals
Skip Schumaker, 2B4330101 .298
Julio Lugo, SS4112014 .290
    Kyle McClellan, P0000000 .000
    Trever Miller, P0000000 .000
   a- Adam Wainwright, PH1000011 .152
   b- Joe Thurston, PH0000000 .229
    Jason Motte, P0000000 .000
Albert Pujols, 1B2221100 .329
Matt Holliday, LF5223003 .315
Colby Rasmus, CF5233000 .260
Ryan Ludwick, RF5022021 .274
Mark DeRosa, 3B5010011 .256
Jason LaRue, C5000025 .226
Todd Wellemeyer, P1010000 .132
   c- Khalil Greene, PH1110000 .209
    Blake Hawksworth, P0000000 .000
    Dennys Reyes, P0000000 .000
   d- Brendan Ryan, PH-SS1010100 .289
Totals3911171137  
a-struck out for Miller in the 8th
b-announced for Wainwright in the 8th
c-singled for Wellemeyer in the 4th
d-singled for Reyes in the 6th
Batting
2B - Albert Pujols (38, Nolasco), Matt Holliday (37, Lindstrom)
3B - Julio Lugo (5, Nolasco)
HR - Colby Rasmus (15, Lindstrom)
SF - Albert Pujols (6)
RBI - Julio Lugo 2 (17), Albert Pujols (125), Matt Holliday 3 (102), Colby Rasmus 3 (50), Ryan Ludwick 2 (89)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Holliday (38), Colby Rasmus 3 (17)
SB - Brendan Ryan (14, 2nd base off Lindstrom/Baker)
CS - Brendan Ryan (7, 3rd base by Lindstrom/Baker)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - DeRosa-Schumaker-Pujols
St. Louis Cardinals
Todd Wellemeyer 4966131 5.89
Blake Hawksworth (W,4-0) 1.1100120 2.36
Dennys Reyes (H,18) 0.2000000 3.19
Kyle McClellan (H,15) 1.2100130 2.97
Trever Miller (H,13) 0.1000000 1.79
Jason Motte 1000110 4.96
WP - Todd Wellemeyer (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Todd Wellemeyer 80-55, Blake Hawksworth 25-15, Dennys Reyes 8-4, Kyle McClellan 27-17, Trever Miller 5-3, Jason Motte 21-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Todd Wellemeyer 5-3, Blake Hawksworth 1-1, Dennys Reyes 1-0, Trever Miller 1-0, Jason Motte 1-1
Batters Faced - Todd Wellemeyer 21, Blake Hawksworth 6, Dennys Reyes 1, Kyle McClellan 7, Trever Miller 1, Jason Motte 4
Game Information
Attendance - 43582
Game Time - 3:32
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Tony Randazzo, First Base - Chris Guccione, Second Base - Mike Winters, Third Base - Jerry Layne