Holliday stays hot for Cards
|By David Wilhelm, Belleville News-Democrat|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Holliday's hit, which followed an up-and-in fastball from Villanueva, highlighted a 3-for-4, four-RBI performance that included a home run in the fourth that started the comeback.
Holliday was 5-for-7 with three homers and nine RBIs in the final two games of the series, victories by the
"You have no choice but to keep playing," Holliday said. "You just keep playing and try to chip away. Lack (
Holliday, enduring the most difficult season of a 11-year career, lifted his average to .267 with 32 doubles, 16 home runs and 78 RBIs in 132 games. From the
"I love when guys do what they have always done when people seem to forget year after year,"
The game was knotted at 6 when
"I feel good," Holliday said. "I'm hitting the ball hard. That's all I can do --try to hit the ball hard. Sometimes they're caught, sometimes they're not. We needed this win. We couldn't afford to lose three out of four. It was good to get a win, a comeback win, and we go on to tomorrow."
Lackey induced a 6-4-3 double play from Baez, but
"I put myself in that situation," Lackey said. "I made a bad throw in that inning and I needed to make some better pitches. But you can't do much about it once it's over. You've got to keep grinding and try to give the guys as good a chance as you can after that."
Holliday's homer to right-center against Wood made it 5-1 in the fourth, and Wong hit his 10th of the season in the fifth to make it 5-2. RBI doubles by Carpenter and Holliday followed to make it 5-4. Carpenter's hit went off the glove of center fielder
Alcantara homered to left-center against
"He's been hit a bunch of times," Matheny said of Holliday, whose 15 hit by pitches are second on the team to
Lackey lasted 6 1/3 innings, allowing five runs (two earned) on nine hits. He walked one and struck out six, settling into a rhythm in the third through sixth innings to keep
"Lack did a great job keeping the game right there," said Carpenter, who was on bases seven times and scored six runs in the last two games of the series. "We were able to keep fighting back and chipping away and win a big game."
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