Holliday helps Cardinals with bat -- and on foot

Holliday helps Cardinals with bat -- and on foot

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ST. LOUIS, MO - JULY 7: Matt Holliday #7 of the St. Louis Cardinals rounds third base after hitting a solo home run off of starter Jose Fernandez #16 of the Miami Marlins in the first inning at Busch Stadium on July 7, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

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by BaseballStL

KMOV.com

Posted on July 7, 2013 at 4:53 PM

(BaseballStL) -- Known for generating runs with his bat, Matt Holliday showed he could do it with his feet as well in a 3-2 over the Miami Marlins on Sunday.

Holliday blasted a 420-foot solo home run to center field off Miami’s lone All-Star, Jose Fernandez, to give the Cardinals a 1-0 lead after one inning. It was a more traditional way of seeing Holliday produce runs for St. Louis.

After walking in his next at-bat in the third inning, Holliday was part of an unconventional double steal with Carlos Beltran at home plate and David Freese at the plate.

“The double steal was more of a situation to try to stay out of a double play,” Mike Matheny said. “As you all know, we’ve hit into a few of them.”

Fernandez struck out Freese with Holliday on the move toward second base, but stopped midway between the bags to induce a rundown. Without being tagged, Holliday stayed in the rundown long enough for Beltran to break for home plate as the throw came in. Catcher Jeff Mathis wasn’t able to handle the throw from first base as Beltran swiftly avoided the would-be tag to score the third run of the game for St. Louis.

“(Holliday) stopped because he had a really bad jump,” Matheny said. “The idea again is staying out of the double play more so than worrying about the strikeout.”

Holliday reached second base safely to extend the inning. It was Holliday’s third steal and Beltran’s second steal of the season.

It wasn’t all great for Holliday at the plate as he grounded into his 22nd double play of the season in the fifth inning. He sits one shy of tying his career-high set in 2007. He finished his day at the plate with a foul out to first base in the eighth inning.

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