Matt Holliday hit a home run and drove in three runs as the Cardinals kept their dim playoff hopes alive beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-4 on Monday night at Busch Stadium.
The Cardinals rallied from down 4-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning when Holliday homered off Charlie Morton who gave up a lead off single to Albert Pujols.
In the seventh inning, Dennys Reyes managed to load the bases with one out as the Pirates were threatening again, but Reyes got a double play grounder to work out of the jam.
After Matt Pagnozzi singled off Pirates reliever Sean Gallagher, he was bunted over to second and scored on second basemen’s Ronny Cedeno’s throwing error. The Cardinals tacked on an insurance run in the eighth on a wild pitch.
Both starter’s Morton for Pittsburgh and Kyle Lohse for the Cardinals got no-decisions with each giving up four runs in six innings of work.
With Atlanta’s win on Monday night, the Cardinals were officially eliminated from Wild Card contention and now must win all six of their remaining games while the Reds must lose all six games to force a one game playoff. The Reds start a series with Houston.