The Cardinals tied a Major League record by hitting home runs in each of the first five innings on Friday. They held off a late surge to pick up the victory against the Cubs and stand their ground in the NL Central race. More details after the jump.
|St Louis Cardinals||1||4||1||1||1||0||1||0||0||9||10||0|
|WP||L. Lynn (13-4)|
|LP||T. Wood (4-6)|
|SV||J. Motte (23)|
|R. Furcal ss||5||0||0||0||0||0||2||0||3||.272|
|J. Jay cf||3||1||0||0||0||1||0||1||1||.296|
|M. Holliday lf||5||1||3||2||1||0||0||0||0||.325|
|A. Craig rf||5||1||1||1||1||0||1||0||2||.296|
|L. Berkman 1b||4||2||2||1||1||0||0||0||1||.294|
|Y. Molina c||4||1||1||2||1||0||1||0||1||.302|
|M. Carpenter 3b||3||2||1||1||1||1||1||0||0||.289|
|D. Descalso 2b||3||1||2||1||0||1||0||1||0||.240|
|L. Lynn p||0||0||0||1||0||1||0||0||0||.086|
|T. Greene ph||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||1||.218|
|B. Fuentes p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|B. Browning p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|S. Schumaker ph||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||1||.315|
|F. Salas p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|M. Rzepczynski p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|J. Motte p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|L. Lynn (W, 13-4)||5.0||8||6||6||2||3||1||1.24||3.42|
|B. Fuentes (H, 1)||1.0||0||0||0||0||2||0||0.00||0.00|
|B. Browning (H, 2)||1.0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.69||3.12|
|F. Salas (H, 3)||0.1||1||0||0||1||0||0||1.53||4.34|
|M. Rzepczynski (H, 13)||0.2||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.41||4.86|
|J. Motte (S, 23)||1.0||1||0||0||0||1||0||0.93||2.60|
- Jon Jay was held hitless, but reached base on a walk, stole his ninth base of the season, and scored a run.
- Matt Holliday had a three hit night, including a two run homer. The home run was his 18th of the season.
- Allen Craig hit a solo shot. It was his 15th home run of the year.
- Lance Berkman had two hits, including his second home run of the season.
- Yadier Molina hit his 16th home run of the season.
- Matt Carpenter joined in and hit his 4th homer of the year.
- Daniel Descalso recorded two hits, including his fourth triple of the year. He also stole his fourth base.
- Brian Fuentes, Barrett Browning, Fernando Salas, Marc Rzepczynski, and Jason Motte combine for four innings of scoreless baseball. Fuentes pitched a perfect frame in his first appearance as a Cardinal. Motte recorded his 23rd save of the year.
- Even though Lance Lynn picked up his league-leading 13th win of the season, he looked very poor. He only lasted five innings and gave up six earned runs.
- Rafael Furcal was kept off-base completely in the game.
3) Daniel Descalso – Descalso picked up two hits and scored a run. He also stole a base and reached base on a walk.
2) Yadier Molina – Molina blasted a home run and drove in two runs.
1) Matt Holliday – Holliday led the way offensively for the Cardinals, picking up three hits and driving in two runs.
|Cincinnati Reds||59||40||0.596||–||31-18||28-22||416||353||63||Won 8||9-1|
|Pittsburgh Pirates||57||42||0.576||2||33-16||24-26||405||365||40||Won 3||8-2|
|St Louis Cardinals||54||46||0.540||5.5||29-21||25-25||494||397||97||Won 4||7-3|
|Milwaukee Brewers||45||54||0.455||14||27-24||18-30||441||455||-14||Won 1||3-7|
|Chicago Cubs||40||58||0.408||18.5||24-22||16-36||362||437||-75||Lost 2||4-6|
|Houston Astros||34||67||0.337||26||24-26||10-41||386||505||-119||Lost 11||0-10|
The Cardinals face the Cubs again at 12:05 today. Carlos Beltran returns to the lineup, but David Freese is sitting out another game. The Cardinals send Joe Kelly to the mound for his first start against Chicago. He is 1-3 on the season with a 2.78 ERA. He currently sports a consecutive quality start streak of six. The Cubs are starting Jeff Samardzija. Samardzija is 7-8 with a 4.25 ERA. He has three wins in four career starts against the Cardinals, but only a 5.29 ERA to show for it. He pitched a six and two thirds innings shutout against the Redbirds his last time out.