Andrus was in a 2-for-25 slump before his two-run single in the second chased Lyons, who lasted 1 2-3 innings. A.J. Pierzynski and Mitch Moreland opened the innings with doubles for a run and Nelson Cruz greeted Kelly with an RBI single to cap a four-run rally that put the Rangers up 4-3.
After winning his first two career starts to boost a rotation hit hard by injuries, Lyons is 0-3 with an 8.19 ERA in four outings. A two-out walk to Holland that fueled the Rangers' rally hurt the most.
"That's things that aren't going to help you win," Lyons said. "So doing that, yeah, obviously it's real frustrating."
What happens next, Lyons noted, is "not my call." Matheny said the Cardinals could "possibly" make a more immediate move to add relief help, too.
"I'll just get ready and prepare like I would no matter how the game went tonight," Lyons said. "We'll see where it goes from here."
The Cardinals jumped on Holland in the first with three doubles and a walk the first four at-bats with Beltran driving in a run and Craig getting two RBIs. Pete Kozma doubled to open the second, advanced on the first of Kelly's two sacrifice bunts, and scored on a passed ball.
NOTES: The Rangers' top pitching prospect, lefty Martin Perez, will be recalled from Triple-A Round Rock to make his second career start Saturday. Perez is 5-1 with a 1.75 ERA in the minors. Washington said talk about an extended stay in the rotation was very premature. The Cardinals' Shelby Miller (8-4, 2.08) leads NL rookies in ERA. ... Moreland (hamstring) was activated from the 15-day DL earlier in the day and RHP Josh Lindblom was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock.