ST. LOUIS — Cardinals' backstop Yadier Molina added an insurance run in the eighth inning with an RBI double to increase the Redbirds' lead to 5-1 over the Rockies.
Randal Grichuk earned a lead-off walk and moved to second on another hit from Matt Holliday. A double play from Jhonny Peralta erased Holliday, but Molina drove the ball down the right field line to plate Grichuk.
Matt Adams came in to pinch hit, but the Rockies chose to intentionally walk the slugger to bring up Peter Boujos. However, the center fielder popped out to short left to end the inning to bring in closer Trevor Rosenthal.
Rosenthal got the first two batters out with only five pitches, with a strike out and a foul out. But he didn't get out of the inning unscathed as Wilin Rosario hit a chopper to Peralta, who despite the bare-handed play was unable to get the out at first.
Another base hit to the hole at short put Rafael Yhoa on first and Rosario on third. But Rosenthal struck out DJ LeMahieu to finish the game.
Run, Run Holliday
Matt Holliday is running wild Friday night, pushing the Cardinal lead back up to three runs in the third.
After two strikeouts at the top of the order, Holliday stepped in and blasted a ball to short. This time it was gloved, and Rafael Ynoa had to throw quickly to catch Holliday. Morneau couldn’t come up with the catch, and the Cardinal slugger was aboard on an error.
With Peralta at the dish, Holliday stole second, and when the Redbird shortstop punched a single into right, he was off to the races.
The throw from the outfield was offline and too late to catch Holliday, but Peralta was caught in between first and second. He was eventually tagged for the final out, but the Cardinals lead 4-1.
Colorado got to Wainwright in the third, putting two hits together around a pair of strikeouts.
Charlie Blackmon got his second single of the night, stealing second to move into scoring position. He looked like he might be stranded there when Michael Cuddyer and Justin Morneau struck out, but Nolan Arenado laced a double off the wall in the left field corner to put the Rockies on the board.
Corey Dickerson reached when Matt Carpenter threw high to first base on a grounder, but Wainwright struck out Wilin Rosario to close the inning with a 3-1 lead.
Holliday hammers a heater
The Cardinals started with a bang in the first, jumping out to a 3-0 lead.
Matt Carpenter drew a 3-2 walk, and Randal Grichuk joined him on base with a single. The ball was hit so hard of Grichuk’s bat to third baseman Nolan Arenado, he could only knock it down. It spun away and both men were safe, setting the stage for Matt Holliday.
The big left fielder absolutely destroyed a 2-1 fastball, sending it screaming up to Big Mac Land in the left field upper deck. It was a 467-foot shot, and is the second longest in the history of Busch III. Holliday also holds the record for longest homer at the stadium, a 469-footer.
Jhonny Peralta would come close to going back-to-back, sending a ball to the warning track in center.
Yadier Molina would strike out as well as Xavier Scruggs, but the Cardinals would take a three-run lead into the second.