St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Holliday hits a solo home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday, July 5, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson
St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jaime Garcia throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday, July 5, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Matt Holliday homered twice hours after being picked to represent the National League in the Home Run Derby and Jaime Garcia had another stingy home outing in the St. Louis Cardinals' 8-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night.
Holliday is not a prototypical home run hitter, totaling 77 the last three seasons and entering the game with just 10 in 62 games. He powered up against Edinson Volquez (5-4) with a solo shot in the first and three-run homer in the fifth for his 16th career multi-homer game and first since July 7, 2010, at Colorado.
The Cardinals activated Albert Pujols from the 15-day disabled list before the game but did not use him after putting the three-time NL MVP through an extensive pre-game workout.
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