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Holliday's two-run shot help Cards snap losing streak

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ST. LOUIS -- Matt Holliday was determined to try anything to lift the St. Louis Cardinals out of their recent funk.

The home run worked best.

The outfielder, with high socks and a new pair of pants, hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the eighth inning that helped the Cardinals snap a season-high seven-game skid with a 5-4 win over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday.

Holliday and three others starters -- Ryan Theriot, Skip Schumaker and Yadier Molina -- wore their socks up near the knees in an effort to shake the bad luck. Holliday even changed uniform pants, wearing a tighter pair belonging to special assistant Red Schoendienst, a Hall of Famer.

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Now, Holliday is ready to move forward with the new look. "You can't change after a win," he said.

Holliday drilled an 0-1 pitch from reliever Greg Holland to erase a 4-3 deficit. Holliday is 5 for 9 with two homers and four RBI since coming back from a quadriceps injury June 16.

"I thought timing might be an issue," he said. "But I saw the ball pretty well."

Holliday homered in his first at-bat in his return to the lineup Thursday. The home run Saturday, his eighth of the season, went 422 feet to dead center.

"It was huge," St. Louis manager Tony La Russa said. "As big a hit as we've had all year."

Kansas City, which won the first game of the series, has lost three of four.

Jason Motte (3-1) earned the win in relief. Closer Fernando Salas converted his 12th save in 13 chances.

Holland (1-1) gave up his first home run of the season.

"He was lights out except for one pitch," said Kansas City manager Ned Yost. "He threw it right down the middle."

The Cardinals were outscored 47-20 during the losing streak.

"You just keep battling and realize that it's a long season and every team goes through something like this," Holliday said.

Alex Gordon gave Kansas City a 4-3 lead with a solo homer in the seventh off St. Louis starter Jake Westbook, who gave up four runs in seven innings.

"I still felt strong," Westbrook said. "Matty picked us up with a big homer."

St. Louis took a 3-2 lead in the third on a run-scoring double by Albert Pujols, who has 52 RBI against Kansas City.

Matt Treanor then tied the game 3-all with a solo homer in the fourth, his third of the season.

Kansas City starter Vin Mazzaro allowed seven hits and three runs over six innings.

Melky Cabrera robbed Lance Berkman of a home run with a leaping catch over the wall in the sixth inning.

The Cardinals improved to 5-23 when trailing after seven innings.

"We let one slip away," said Yost.

Alcides Escobar had two hits for the Royals. He has 16 hits in his last 29 at bats.

Notes

  • Westbrook batted in the No. 8 spot in the order, the third time this season that La Russa has hit the pitcher eighth. St. Louis pitchers hit eighth 77 times last season.
  • Westbrook reached a three-ball count on nine of the first 20 hitters.
  • St. Louis OF Colby Rasmus broke out of an 0-for-14 skid with a single in the eighth to start the winning rally.
  • The teams wore Joplin High baseball caps during batting practice in tribute to the southwest Missouri school, which was destroyed by a tornado on May 22. The clubs are wearing, "Teams Unite For Joplin," patches on their uniforms during the three-game series.
  • Miss Missouri, Sydney Friar, threw out the first pitch.
 
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'It was huge. As big a hit as we've had all year,' Tony La Russa says on Matt Holliday's home run.  (US Presswire)
'It was huge. As big a hit as we've had all year,' Tony La Russa says on Matt Holliday's home run. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

M. Holliday
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Kansas City

M. Treanor
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Alex Gordon, LF3111110 .281
Melky Cabrera, CF4000001 .276
Eric Hosmer, 1B4010000 .285
Jeff Francoeur, RF4000002 .263
Mike Moustakas, 3B4020010 .250
Matt Treanor, C4221012 .221
Chris Getz, 2B4110000 .245
Alcides Escobar, SS4022000 .250
Vin Mazzaro, P2000022 .000
   a- Mitch Maier, PH1000000 .324
    Tim Collins, P0000000 .000
    Greg Holland, P0000000 .000
   b- Billy Butler, PH1000010 .299
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a-grounded out for Mazzaro in the 7th
b-struck out for Holland in the 9th
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3B - Alcides Escobar (1, Westbrook)
HR - Alex Gordon (8, Westbrook), Matt Treanor (3, Westbrook)
RBI - Alex Gordon (40), Matt Treanor (12), Alcides Escobar 2 (18)
2-OUT RBI - Alex Gordon (16), Alcides Escobar 2 (7)
SB - Alcides Escobar (12, 2nd base off Westbrook/Molina)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Melky Cabrera 1, Alex Gordon 1
DP - Gordon-Moustakas-Getz
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Vin Mazzaro 6733220 9.25
Tim Collins (H,3) 1111010 3.68
Greg Holland (BS,1; L,1-1) 1111021 1.17
IBB - Holliday by Vin Mazzaro
WP - Vin Mazzaro (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Vin Mazzaro 82-53, Tim Collins 12-8, Greg Holland 11-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Vin Mazzaro 6-8, Tim Collins 1-1, Greg Holland 1-0
Batters Faced - Vin Mazzaro 25, Tim Collins 4, Greg Holland 4
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ryan Theriot, SS4120001 .300
Colby Rasmus, CF3111002 .258
Albert Pujols, 1B4011001 .271
Matt Holliday, LF3122101 .354
Lance Berkman, RF4110022 .309
    Jon Jay, RF0000000 .313
Yadier Molina, C4010010 .301
Daniel Descalso, 3B1001100 .240
Jake Westbrook, P1000010 .125
   a- Andrew Brown, PH1000010 .111
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    Jason Motte, P0000000 .000
    Fernando Salas, P0000000 .000
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2B - Ryan Theriot (13, Mazzaro), Albert Pujols (11, Mazzaro), Matt Holliday (14, Mazzaro)
HR - Matt Holliday (8, Holland)
SF - Colby Rasmus (2), Daniel Descalso (3)
SH - Jake Westbrook (4)
RBI - Colby Rasmus (28), Albert Pujols (44), Matt Holliday 2 (35), Daniel Descalso (21)
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Batters Faced - Jake Westbrook 29, Trever Miller 1, Jason Motte 3, Fernando Salas 3
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Attendance - 43102
Game Time - 2:24
Temperature - 84
Umpires - Home - Alfonso Marquez, First Base - Ed Hickox, Second Base - Ed Rapuano, Third Base - Chris Conroy