(Sports Network) - Matt Holliday came through for the St. Louis Cardinals in
their recent win and will try to stay on track Wednesday in the continuation
of a four-game series against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.
Holliday went 4-for-4 with a two-run homer, three RBI and two runs scored
against his former team and helped the Cardinals in their 11-4 pounding of the
Rockies. The Cardinals, who took over sole possession of first place in the NL
Central and sit one game ahead of Pittsburgh, jumped out to a 10-0 lead and
pounded out 18 hits.
"You like gaining a game on them, but there's still a lot of games left and
we've got to keep winning games to make it hard on them," Holliday said of the
close race with the Pirates.
The Cincinnati Reds are in the mix, too, at 2 1/2 games off the pace.
Matt Carpenter finished with three hits, three runs scored and two RBI, while
Jon Jay went 3-for-5 and both Yadier Molina and Daniel Descalso collected two
hits and two runs batted in. Carpenter is batting .444 during a nine-game
hitting streak and is two doubles shy of matching Stan Musial's club record
(53) for doubles by a left-handed batter in a season.
Cardinals starting pitcher Joe Kelly allowed three hits and two walks over
five scoreless innings to earn the win, but left the game with right calf
soreness. The injury is not deemed serious for the Cards' rotation.
St. Louis, winners in eight of 11 games, will send Adam Wainwright to the
mound Wednesday and he is aiming for his 17th win of the season. Wainwright
owns a 16-9 mark over 31 starts to go along with a 2.96 earned run average and
the Cardinals are 5-2 in his last seven appearances. The right-hander was
solid in a no-decision against Seattle in a 2-1 win on Friday and hurled eight
innings of one-run ball.
Wainwright has a 9-3 record in 16 road assignments this season and a 5-1 mark
with a 1.17 ERA in 10 career games (6 starts) against Colorado.
Colorado will try to bounce back Wednesday and took this series opener, 6-2.
However, the bats were silent in the recent loss and Rockies starter Juan
Nicasio was hammered to the tune of eight runs and eight hits in 2 2/3
"I didn't have control of my fastball, so I had trouble," Nicasio told the
Rockies' official website. "When I can't throw my fastball for a strike down
in the zone, it's hard for me."
DJ LeMahieu and Michael Cuddyer had an RBI apiece, as the Rockies lost for the
eighth time in their last 11 contests. Cuddyer leads the NL batting race with
a .331 average, just a few points ahead of Atlanta's Chris Johnson (.327).
The Rockies are 1-1 on their nine-game homestand and will hand the ball to
Tyler Chatwood Wednesday in hopes of him cooling off the Cardinals. Chatwood
is 7-4 with a 3.20 ERA in 18 starts, but hasn't posted a decision in each of
his previous three outings. In a 7-5 win at Arizona on Friday, Chatwood lasted
4 2/3 innings and was reached for seven hits and two runs.
Chatwood, a right-hander, has allowed two runs or less in three straight and
seven of his last eight trips to the mound. He has pitched well at Coors Field
this season, going 4-1 in nine starts, and is 0-1 in two career relief
appearances against the Cardinals.
Colorado lost two of three games at St. Louis from May 10-12 and went 2-5 in
last season's series with the Cardinals.
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