The Bottom Line: Lance Lynn got off to a slow start, throwing 52 pitches and giving up 3 runs in the first 2 innings. In the third inning, Matt Holliday hit a 2-RBI double, driving in Lance Lynn and Oscar Taveras bringing the score to 3-2. When Andrew McCutchen homered off of Cardinal reliever Kevin Siegrist in the top of the 7th, the Cardinals responded with a rally in the bottom half. Kolten Wong, making a pinch-hitting appearance, immediately made his presence known with a 2-run homer that tied the game up. Jon Jay followed with a triple that ricocheted away from Starling Marte, and was then promptly driven in by a Matt Holliday single for the winning run. Trevor Rosenthal picked up his 41st save.
St. Louis is now alone in first place in the NL central, a game ahead of the Brewers who lost to the Cubs today.
Matt Holliday on a Tear: After going 3-for-4, homering, driving in 4 runs, and fueling the Cards’ comeback against the Cubs on Sunday, Matt Holliday was again the driving force in the rally today, accounting for 3 of the Cards’ 5 runs. He has 6 hits and 7 RBIs in the past two games.
What’s Next?: Adam Wainwright (15-9, 2.59 ERA) will again face Jeff Locke (6-3, 3.51 ERA) and try to extend the Cards’ lead in the NL Central. Wainwright has been slow his last few starts but may find himself comfortable again with Yadier Molina back behind the plate.