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Cubs, Cardinals split doubleheader

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 31, 2014 at 12:44 am •  Published: August 31, 2014
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Matt Holliday has been known to be a streaky hitter.

And he might be finding his hitting stroke at just the right time for the St. Louis Cardinals.

He homered twice and had five RBIs and the Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 13-2 Saturday night to earn a split of a day-night doubleheader.

"It feels good," Holliday said. "It always feels good to help your team win. That's what we're here for. We're here to win games. When you do something that helps the team win, that's the idea."

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.

It's the most runs 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.

Tsuyoshi Wada (4-2) gave up four runs in six innings.

"Wada was hanging in there," Cubs manager Rick 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."

Holliday hit his 14th home run in the fifth to break a 1-1 tie. His three-run, two-out blast 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 game and his first since getting two on Aug. 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."

The first 10 batters reached to start the eighth for St. Louis. Holliday's homer was followed by five singles and three walks before he was hit by a pitch to drive in the seventh run of the inning.

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