ST. LOUIS(AP) The St. Louis Cardinals took off after the
trade. So did their new cleanup hitter.
Holliday drove in three runs to top 100 RBIs for the third time in his career and the bullpen rescued struggling
in an 11-6 victory over the
on Monday night.
''It means my teammates got on base a lot for me this year,'' Holliday said. ''They did a great job.''
had two hits plus the go-ahead sacrifice fly in a three-run fourth inning and
had three hits, a walk and scored three times. The Cardinals, who finished with 17 hits, bounced back from a three-game sweep
by Atlanta and reduced their magic number for clinching the NL Central to 10.
''You're going to have an ebb and flow in the season,'' Holliday said. ''You just keep fighting and trying to scratch runs
across and having good at-bats. There's no rhyme or reason why certain things happen a lot of times.''
had two-run singles off
(11-9) in a four-run first that matched St. Louis' season best for that inning. Holliday added an RBI double off the base
of the wall in left in a four-run eighth capped by
' three-run homer off
after the bullpen nursed a one-run lead for four innings.
''They did a great job,'' Wellemeyer said. ''They picked me up big-time.''
Holliday has 102 RBIs on the year and is batting .371 with a team-leading 48 RBIs in 47 games since being acquired from Oakland
on July 24, launching the Cardinals on a 33-14 tear. He is 7 for 11 with two homers and five RBIs against Nolasco, who gave
up seven runs and 10 hits in five innings to end a three-game winning streak over five starts.
Wellemeyer had worked only three innings since Aug. 4 heading into a fill-in start for
(shoulder tendinitis), and rust was evident. The Marlins climbed back with single runs in the second and third and four in
the fourth, tying it on
's two-run triple and taking a 6-4 lead on
's eighth homer and first since Aug. 7.
The Cardinals answered with three straight one-out hits in the bottom of the fourth, singles by pinch-hitter
and Schumaker ahead of
's two-run triple. Pujols followed with a sacrifice fly for the lead.
''I pitched ahead almost the whole game and they just hit good pitches,'' Nolasco said. ''That's one of the best lineups in
Disregarding the numbers, Wellemeyer said this is the best he's felt all season. A 13-game winner in 2008, he might not have
a spot on the postseason roster.
''I think about it,'' Wellemeyer said. ''I don't know what they're going to do. Hopefully I can make some strides the next
(4-0) allowed one hit in 1 1-3 innings and was the first of five relievers who limited the Marlins to two hits over the final
The ninth spot in the St. Louis lineup had three singles, one each by Wellemeyer, Greene and pinch-hitter
NOTES: St. Louis hasn't lost four in a row since a five-game skid June 5-9. ... Cardinals 3B
tweaked a side muscle on a checked swing during a pinch-hit at-bat on Saturday and has been unavailable the last two days.
Glaus said the team was waiting for pain to localize before administering a painkilling injection. ... Marlins SS
played despite flulike symptoms and was 1 for 4 with his sixth three-strikeout game of the year. He also lost control of his
bat on a strikeout in the fourth and it nailed a youngster sitting behind the Marlins' dugout, although he wasn't seriously
(right side) missed his 11th game and isn't expected back until next week. ...
had an infield hit in the second and is 14 for 38 (.368) during a nine-game hitting streak. ... Holliday is a .401 career
hitter at 4-year-old Busch Stadium with 13 homers and 34 RBIs in 36 games.