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Cards' Holliday has 4 hits, 4 RBI in win

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CINCINNATI -- Matt Holliday is hoping to play a key role in another playoff run for the St. Louis Cardinals. He sure got plenty of help on Sunday.

Holliday had four hits and four RBI, Adam Wainwright won his fifth consecutive start and the Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-2 on Sunday.

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Allen Craig homered and drove in three runs as St. Louis handed the Reds their second series loss in 13 sets since the All-Star break. The Cardinals have won five of six to move within six games of the NL Central-leading Reds.

"Holliday had a huge day," manager Mike Matheny said. "It's amazing how the conversations outside of this clubhouse start questioning him. It's not long before he shows everybody how much he means to us."

Holliday is batting .444 (12 for 27) with eight RBI in his last six games. St. Louis stormed to the World Series title last year and is leading the race for the final NL wild card this season, but is still holding out hope for catching Cincinnati in the division.

"I'm just trying to do my part," Holliday said. "This is a team game. We only play the Reds three more times. We are going to need some help."

St. Louis' 17 hits are the most allowed by Cincinnati in one game this season. The Cardinals collected 42 hits while taking two of three in the weekend series.

"Those guys are all hitting .300," Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips said. "I don't know who is making outs for that team."

Wainwright (13-10) allowed two runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings while improving to 6-0 with a 1.80 ERA in his last seven starts overall. The 6-foot-7 right-hander, who missed all of last season because of elbow surgery, hasn't lost since July 18 at Milwaukee.

"I wanted to take my team further in the game than that, but I get it," Wainwright said. "I had a couple of games in a row that I threw a lot of pitches."

Reds manager Dusty Baker said Wainwright was on his game.

"Wainwright threw the ball well," Baker said. "There's not much else to say, except they beat us."

Reds right-hander Homer Bailey (10-9) gave up five runs in six innings while falling to 1-3 with a 6.04 ERA in five August starts. He also allowed a season-high nine hits for the sixth time.

The Cardinals strung together four consecutive ground-ball singles during a five-hit third inning that plated three runs. Skip Schumaker led off with a double to right-center, and Wainwright chipped in with a one-out single into left field. Schumaker scored on Jon Jay base hit up the middle and Matt Carpenter singled to load the bases before Holliday's two-run single to left.

"With Wainwright on the mound, we felt pretty good with those first three runs," Holliday said.

St. Louis added two more in the sixth to make it 5-0. Holliday hit a leadoff triple before Craig drove a 1-2 pitch over the wall in left for his 20th homer.

"The two Matts got on base. That got us started. I take pride in driving in runs," Craig said.

Chris Heisey and Ryan Ludwick had RBI singles in the sixth for Cincinnati, which beat the Cardinals 8-2 on Saturday.

Holliday also doubled in a run in the seventh and singled in Carpenter in the ninth.

Notes

  • Reds 1B Joey Votto is scheduled to start a rehab assignment Tuesday at Single-A Dayton, perhaps the last step of his comeback from two minor surgical procedures related to a torn meniscus in his left knee. The Reds are 27-14 since Votto left the lineup.
  • RHP Nick Masset was awaiting the results of an MRI on his right shoulder after soreness returned following his rehab appearance with Triple-A Louisville on Aug. 21. Masset has been on the disabled list since spring training.
  • The Reds and Cardinals meet one more time this season, in the final series Oct. 1-3 in St. Louis.
 
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Matt Holliday goes 4 for 5 with four RBI to lead the Cards past the Reds, closing their gap to six games in the N.L. Central. (AP)
Matt Holliday goes 4 for 5 with four RBI to lead the Cards past the Reds, closing their gap to six games in the N.L. Central. (AP)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

M. Holliday
AB 5
R 2
H 4
HR 0
RBI 4
St. Louis

A. Craig
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
 
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jon Jay, CF5111011 .314
Matt Carpenter, 3B5130011 .310
Matt Holliday, LF5244010 .309
Allen Craig, 1B5133012 .318
Carlos Beltran, RF5010014 .272
Yadier Molina, C5000004 .323
    Fernando Salas, P0000000 .000
Skip Schumaker, 2B4120010 .312
    Mitchell Boggs, P0000000 .000
   a- Tony Cruz, PH-C1000012 .240
Rafael Furcal, SS4010002 .271
Adam Wainwright, P2110000 .132
    Marc Rzepczynski, P0000000 .000
   b- Shane Robinson, PH1110000 .266
    Edward Mujica, P0000000 .000
   c- Daniel Descalso, PH-2B1000001 .223
Totals43817807  
a-struck out for Boggs in the 9th
b-singled for Rzepczynski in the 7th
c-flied out for Mujica in the 8th
Batting
2B - Matt Carpenter (17, Arredondo), Matt Holliday (32, Marshall), Skip Schumaker (12, Bailey)
3B - Matt Holliday (2, Bailey)
HR - Allen Craig (20, Bailey)
RBI - Jon Jay (29), Matt Holliday 4 (89), Allen Craig 3 (71)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Holliday (22), Allen Craig (24)
CS - Matt Carpenter (1, 2nd base by Bailey/Hanigan)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Carlos Beltran 1
DP - Furcal-Schumaker-Craig
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Adam Wainwright (W,13-10) 5.2622020 3.63
Marc Rzepczynski (H,16) 0.1000000 4.61
Edward Mujica 1100000 3.33
Mitchell Boggs 1000010 1.98
Fernando Salas 1000000 3.94
HBP - Frazier (by Adam Wainwright)
Pitches-Strikes - Adam Wainwright 90-65, Marc Rzepczynski 5-2, Edward Mujica 15-11, Mitchell Boggs 15-10, Fernando Salas 14-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Adam Wainwright 9-4, Edward Mujica 2-1, Mitchell Boggs 1-1, Fernando Salas 2-1
Batters Faced - Adam Wainwright 22, Marc Rzepczynski 1, Edward Mujica 4, Mitchell Boggs 3, Fernando Salas 3
Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Zack Cozart, SS4100001 .247
Chris Heisey, CF4011000 .275
Brandon Phillips, 2B4010011 .293
Ryan Ludwick, LF3011010 .278
    Sam LeCure, P0000000 .000
    Jose Arredondo, P0000000 .000
   a- Miguel Cairo, PH1000000 .168
Jay Bruce, RF4010012 .260
Todd Frazier, 1B3000001 .293
Scott Rolen, 3B3010001 .257
Ryan Hanigan, C3110001 .290
Homer Bailey, P1000000 .130
   b- Wilson Valdez, PH1010000 .203
    Sean Marshall, P0000000 .000
    Xavier Paul, LF1000001 .295
Totals3227203  
a-flied out for Arredondo in the 9th
b-singled for Bailey in the 6th
Batting
2B - Scott Rolen (15, Mujica)
RBI - Chris Heisey (24), Ryan Ludwick (71)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Ludwick (29)
Team LOB - 4
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Homer Bailey (L,10-9) 6955031 4.24
Sean Marshall 0.2422010 3.12
Sam LeCure 1.1100020 3.30
Jose Arredondo 1311010 2.77
Pitches-Strikes - Homer Bailey 93-61, Sean Marshall 20-14, Sam LeCure 21-17, Jose Arredondo 26-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Homer Bailey 6-8, Sean Marshall 1-0
Batters Faced - Homer Bailey 26, Sean Marshall 6, Sam LeCure 5, Jose Arredondo 6
Game Information
Attendance - 31564
Game Time - 3:14
Temperature - 88
Umpires - Home - Brian Runge, First Base - Tim McClelland, Second Base - Jordan Baker, Third Base - Ted Barrett