Holliday homers twice as Cards wallop Cubs 13-2

Holliday homers twice as Cards wallop Cubs 13-2

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ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 20: Matt Holliday #7 of the St. Louis Cardinals hits an RBI double against the Cincinnati Reds in the third inning at Busch Stadium on August 20, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

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by Elizabeth Eisele/ BaseballStL

KMOV.com

Posted on August 30, 2014 at 7:41 PM

Updated Saturday, Aug 30 at 10:32 PM

(BaseballStL) -- Nick Greenwood entered the ninth to close the door on the Cubs, but not without some fight from the Cardinals' rival.

After a ground out, Luis Valbuena and Chris Valaika both singled to put runners on for Matt Szczur who followed them with his own single to load the bases for pinch hitter Chris Coghlan.

Kolten Wong tried to turn the double play, but Coghlan was able to beat the throw to first as Valbuena scored. But Wong scooped up another ground ball to end the game.

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Another home run for Matt Holliday in the eighth inning pushed the Cardinals to a 5-1 lead over the Cubs.

As the first man up, Holliday hit the repeat button launching another homer to deep center farther that his first, going an estimated 432 feet. 

The home run served as his 15th of the season and his first multi-homer game since last August which also came against the Cubs. Overall, Saturday night was Holliday's 19th career multi-homer game.

The Redbirds picked up another run in the eighth on three straight singles from Matt Adams, Yadier Molina and Oscar Taveras. Peter Bourjos then drew a walk that was followed by a bloop single into short right field from Daniel Descalso that plated Molina and gave the Cards their seventh run.

The inning continued to get worse for the Cubs as pinch hitter Jhonny Peralta drew a bases loaded walk followed by another walk to Matt Carpenter to push their lead to 9-1 as Taveras and Bourjos scored the easiest runs in the game.

Kolten Wong, the ninth batter of the inning, hit a single into short center to give the Redbirds an even 10 runs on the night and force Zac Rosscup out of the game without ever recording an out.

Holliday, in his second at-bat of the inning, went down 0-2 quickly before he was hit with the pitch to score Peralta. The Cubs finally got Adams to fly out as Carpenter tagged up to score and give the Redbirds 12 runs on 12 hits.

Molina hit his second single of the inning as the speedy Wong scored from second for run number lucky 13. The 9 runs in the inning more than doubled their runs in the previous seven innings.

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It took another 3.2 innings for either the Cubs or Cardinals to score another run as both Marco Gonzales and Tsuyoshi Wada held the runners at bay, until slugger Matt Holliday came to the plate in the fifth.

Daniel Desclaso began the inning with a single into right center and was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Gonzales. Matt Carpenter then earned his second walk of the game.

After Kolten Wong popped out foul to give the Cardinals their second out of the inning, Holliday took the second pitch he saw 425 feet into center field for a three run homer and gave the Cards their first lead on the entire day.

Those three runs bring the Redbirds to 214 two-out RBIs this season.

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In his fourth MLB start, Marco Gonzales pitched himself into a jam in the first inning, but he was able to limit the damage.

Gonzales walked lead off hitter Arismendy Alcantara. Then with one out, he gave up back-to-back singles to Starlin Castro and Jorge Soler for the Cubs' first run of the game.

However a throwing error from Castro in the bottom half of the inning allowed Matt Carpenter to score on what should have been an inning-ending double play.

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