(BaseballStL) -- Carlos Beltran’s two-run home run and a single by Matt Holliday in the first inning on Tuesday snapped hitless streaks for the feared St. Louis Cardinals sluggers.
Beltran, who was hitless in his previous nine at-bats, got just enough of a slider from Kansas City Royals starter Ervin Santana to put it over the right field wall for an early 2-0 lead in the opening inning. Holliday, who was 0-for-13, followed it up by trickling a single up the middle just past the reach of shortstop Alcides Escobar.
Holliday, who was designated hitter on Tuesday, belted a solo home run of his own in the sixth inning to give the Cardinals a 4-1 lead. It was his seventh of the season.
Holliday saw his batting average travel from .270 before the drought to .253 before snapping the hitless streak. Two more hits on Tuesday raised it to .258.
Both hitters finished the game, a 4-1 St. Louis win, 2-for-4.