Jake Westbrook is looking to continue doing the same on the mound.
Holliday seeks another strong performance against his former team Wednesday night as Westbrook tries to remain unbeaten versus the last-place Rockies.
Holliday spent his first five seasons with the Rockies (37-64), helping them reach their only World Series in 2007. He owns a .368 average with six homers and 18 RBIs in 22 games against them since being traded to Oakland after the 2008 season.
He's taken full advantage of Colorado's struggling staff this year, going 10 for 20 with two doubles, three homers and 11 RBIs as the Cardinals (55-48) have won four of five meetings. Holliday had a double and a homer while driving in four runs in Tuesday's 11-6 win to open this three-game series at Coors Field.
St. Louis has won 12 of its past 15 meetings with Colorado, hitting .289 overall and .345 with 29 runs during a 3-1 stretch in Denver.
Westbrook (9-8, 3.61 ERA) has gotten - but hasn't necessarily needed - ample offensive support while going 3-0 with a 2.18 ERA in four games - three starts - against the Rockies.
The right-hander is 5-2 with a 2.78 ERA in his last eight starts overall, pitching into at least the seventh inning in each of the last four. Westbrook went seven innings Thursday, yielding four runs - three earned - and seven hits, all singles, in a 7-4 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers .
"Each guy on their day takes pride in going out there and doing their job," Westbrook told his team's official website. "Our starting pitchers, our goal is to get deep into the game, give our team a chance to win."
The Cardinals made an effort to bolster their bullpen at the trade deadline, acquiring right-hander Edward Mujica from Miami on Tuesday.
Mujica has a 4.38 ERA in 41 games, holding right-handed hitters to a .211 average. Last year, he was 9-6 with a 2.96 ERA in 67 appearances for the Marlins.
"We think he's going to be a nice fit," manager Mike Matheny said. "He's got a good arm and a good split. That split really works well for right-handed and left-handed hitters. He's coming off a strong year last year. He just has that reputation as being a guy who can come in and fill a few different roles for you at the back end of your bullpen."
An ineffective rotation has been Colorado's biggest downfall, with the starters posting an 8.55 ERA while the team has dropped 12 of 15. During the Rockies' four-game losing streak, their starters have allowed 21 runs in 18 innings.
Colorado's relievers also had major problems Tuesday, allowing six runs in the final four innings.
"Bottom line is 11 runs," manager Jim Tracy said. "That's a big number."
Drew Pomeranz (1-6, 4.99) will make his first start against the Cardinals and try again for his first home win of 2012. He's 0-4 with a 4.31 ERA in six starts in Denver.
The rookie left-hander has lost all three of his starts overall since the All-Star break, posting a 10.13 ERA while allowing opponents to hit .356.
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|July 28, 2012||Rafael Furcal||Day-to-Day||Stiff back|
|July 26, 2012||David Freese||Day-to-Day||Left game - right calf cramp|
|July 24, 2012||Lance Berkman||Day-to-Day||Left game - HBP right knee|
|July 17, 2012||Matt Holliday||Day-to-Day||Left game - Left thigh|
|July 08, 2012||David Freese||Day-to-Day||Bruised left leg|
|June 06, 2012||Jaime Garcia||60-Day DL||Sprained left shoulder|
|July 31, 2012||Christian Friedrich||Day-to-Day||Back spasms|
|July 21, 2012||Drew Pomeranz||Day-to-Day||Left arm soreness|
|July 21, 2012||Jason Giambi||15-Day DL||Viral syndrome|
|July 20, 2012||Wilin Rosario||Day-to-Day||Left game - lower left leg injury|
|July 16, 2012||Jonathan Herrera||15-Day DL||Left wrist infection|
|July 16, 2012||Chris Nelson||15-Day DL||Irregular heart beat|
DENVER (AP) -- Matt Holliday is making himself at home again at Coors Field.
Holliday had another big night against his former team, homering twice and driving in five runs as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Colorado Rockies 9-6 on a rain-soaked Wednesday night.
Yadier Molina had three hits and Jake Westbrook pitched six innings to get the win.
Holliday, who homered and drove in four runs in Monday's win, continued his assault Tuesday with the 17th multihomer game of his career and the first this season.
"I like to play here," he said. "I see the ball well here and seem to have fairly good success."
Holliday has enjoyed playing Colorado anywhere this season. In six games against the Rockies he is 13 for 24, including three hits Tuesday.
"Matt's been outstanding," St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said. "Getting big hits for us, the power, we know that's there, but it's been timely, too."
His big blow came in the seventh inning. With Colorado leading 5-3, pinch-hitter Skip Schumaker walked and Daniel Descalso singled. Reliever Matt Belisle (3-3) came on and Holliday hit a 1-0 pitch deep into the seats in left to put the Cardinals back on top. It was his 21st homer of the season.
"I was looking to hit the ball through the middle," he said. "We had runners in scoring position and I was trying to get something to hit hard."
Belisle was trying to sneak a fastball by him but Holliday wasn't fooled.
"We were just going inside fastball and he was ready," Belisle said. "Right now, he hitting everything well."
Holliday's hot streak isn't reserved to Coors Field. Over the past month he is hitting .364 with seven homers and 21 RBIs to help lead the Cardinals to a 16-10 record since July 1.
His play has made an impact in the St. Louis clubhouse.
"He's been real vocal lately," Matheny said. "When you have someone that's leading and their actions are backing up what they're saying, it carries a lot of weight."
It did against Colorado, which has dropped five straight and seven in a row at home despite scoring 11 runs in the past two games. Josh Rutledge homered and Tyler Colvin had two triples among his three hits for the Rockies.
In the first inning, Holliday connected off starter Drew Pomeranz for a two-run homer that gave the Cardinals a 2-0 lead.
"I threw him a 3-2 curveball and he was all over it," Pomeranz said.
St. Louis made it 3-0 in the second on doubles by Molina and Tyler Greene . Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzalez limited the damage by reaching over the fence to rob Greene of a home run. The ball popped out of Gonzalez's glove into the outfield. Umpires upheld the double call after a 50-second video review.
The Rockies got one back in the fourth. Colvin tripled with one out and scored on Ramon Hernandez 's groundout to short to make it 3-1.
Colorado took the lead in the sixth. Andrew Brown and Jordan Pacheco led off with consecutive doubles, Colvin tripled and Hernandez, who had three hits, doubled to give the Rockies a 4-3 lead.
Eric Young Jr. made it 5-3 with a double to right but was thrown out trying to stretch it to a triple.
"We got to where we needed to get to in the game and they got our (bullpen)," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "That's what it boils down to."
The Cardinals scored again in the eighth and twice in the ninth to pad the lead.
Rutledge homered with two outs in the ninth, his fourth homer this season.
Westbrook (10-8) gave up five runs on nine hits, struck out two and walked four.
NOTES: The game was delayed by rain for 1 hour, 26 minutes after the seventh inning. ... Rockies 1B Todd Helton (flulike symptoms) and OF Michael Cuddyer (sore oblique) were out of the lineup. ... The Cardinals activated RHP Edward Mujica and optioned RHP Trevor Rosenthal to Triple-A Memphis. Mujica was acquired from the Miami Marlins on Tuesday. ... David Freese extended his hitting streak to 12 games. ... The Rockies activated C Wil Nieves from the 15-day DL and designated him for assignment. ... Cardinals RHP Lance Lynn (13-4) will face Colorado RHP Alex White (2-6) in the series final on Thursday.