Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday is about to return from missing a week's worth of starts due to a recurrence of a left quadriceps strain. But Holliday hardly could have done more than his replacement, Jon Jay.
On St. Louis' nine-game road trip that finished with a 4-3 win at Colorado on Sunday, Jay hit safely in every game. Getting starts in all three outfield positions, Jay wound up 17-for-41 (.415). He had four doubles, and a two-run homer that he hit in the first inning Sunday. Jay is batting .346, though it's not new territory for him, as he finished at .300 as the Cardinals' fourth outfielder last year.
The Cardinals continued their remarkable run of series victories. After losing their first three series of the season, they have won 12 of their last 14, and they took all three series on the trip, two games to one. An atrocious 34-47 on the road last year, the Cardinals are 18-13 away from home this year.
"We've got a lot of confidence (on the road)," Jay said.
Manager Tony La Russa, ever wary, said, "The best thing to do is not talk about it when you've got four months to play."
The Cardinals took a 3-0 lead in the first inning and then hung on as the Rockies pecked away. The Cardinals' two young late-inning men, right-handers Eduardo Sanchez and Fernando Salas, allowed a run each in the eighth and ninth.
"That game was there for it to get away from us," La Russa said. "Neither guy was perfect, but they kept firing and held it together."
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