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Cubs, Cardinals split doubleheader

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 31, 2014 at 12:12 am •  Published: August 31, 2014
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Chicago Cubs pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada is a part of a six-man rotation that is auditioning for the future.

He doesn't think his latest outing helped his cause.

Matt Holliday homered twice, including a three-run blast off Wada, and drove in five and the St. Louis Cardinals beat Chicago 13-2 Saturday night to earn a split of a day-night doubleheader.

"I think that home run kind of changed the flow of the game and that kind of dragged on to the other pitchers, as well," Wada said through an interpreter.

"In that way, I think it was not a very good game for me. The next time out, I've got to have a game that I wouldn't regret and have a different result."

The victory snapped a four-game losing streak for St. Louis, which won for just the third time in its past nine games and pulled to within one game of the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers. Milwaukee dropped its fourth straight with a 3-1 loss at San Francisco.

Wada (4-2) gave up four runs in six innings. Overall, manager Rick Renteria was pleased with his starter's performance.

"Wada was hanging in there," Renteria said. "He was hanging in there. One pitch obviously Holliday drilled it out of the ballpark. Then he went back out and kept us in there one more inning.

"He ground it out. I thought he kept us in the ballgame."

The 13 runs are the most this season for the Cardinals and the first time in seven games they scored at least three runs. Their previous high was 10, which they did twice.

"Yeah, we really need those big production days and Matt's the guy that can do that," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "It's nice to see and nice to see him lead like he did.

"It's good to see our offense kind of quiet people that think that we can only score two runs a game."

The Cardinals have scored two or fewer runs in 45 of their 136 games or about one-third of the time.

Marco Gonzales (1-2) gave up one run and three hits over a season-high six innings. His previous long outing was in his debut on June 25 when he pitched five innings against Colorado, but didn't figure in the decision in a 9-6 win for St. Louis.

Holliday hit his 14th home run in the fifth to break a 1-1 tie. His three-run, two-out shot to center scored Daniel Descalso and Matt Carpenter.

He got No. 15 leading off a nine-run eighth. It marked his 19th career multi-homer and his first since getting two on August 10, 2013, against the Cubs. Holliday has an 11-game hitting streak during which he has gone 14 for 43.

"Three-run homers are game-changers," he said. "Especially if it's a tie game and you get a three-run lead, it kind of gives you a little bit of a cushion and allows your pitcher to settle down a little bit."

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