St. Louis Cardinals' Lance Berkman hits a game winning RBI single during the ninth inning of a baseball game to defeat the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 Tuesday, May 17, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson
St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Holliday hits a double off Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo to drive in a run in the fourth inning of a baseball game, Friday, May 13, 2011, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman) By Al Behrman
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- St. Louis Cardinals cleanup hitter Matt Holliday was removed after two innings, complaining of tightness in his left quadriceps.
The Cardinals were minus all three starting outfielders after Lance Berkman was taken out as a precaution with discomfort in his right wrist in the sixth shortly after making a diving catch in right against the Houston Astros on Wednesday night. Pete Kozma, called up earlier in the day after utilityman Nick Punto was placed on the 15-day disabled list, hit an RBI double in his first career at-bat to put the Cardinals up 5-0.
Holliday starts in left field and center fielder Colby Rasmus missed his fourth straight game recovering from a minor abdominal muscle pull.
Holliday made a running catch at the warning track on Angel Sanchez's drive for the second out in the first on Wednesday night against the Houston Astros, and grounded out to start the second. Rookie Mark Hamilton replaced Holliday in left field in the third.
Despite an 0-for-14 slump, Holliday leads the National League with a .358 average and was among the league leaders with 30 RBIs.
Berkman, who's batting .349, charged full speed to rob Chris Johnson of a hit in shallow right for the first out in the fifth.
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