Matt Holliday drilled a line drive over the left-field wall in the sixth inning, his third homer of the season and Jaime Garcia pitched eight solid innings as the Cardinals snapped their three game losing streak with a 2-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds, Tuesday night at Busch Stadium. Carlos Beltran, who had three hits for the Cardinals, singled with one out before Holliday went deep.
“It wasn’t a no-doubter, but I wasn’t surprised,” said Holliday who homered for the first time since April 19.
“The guy is a beast,” Arroyo said of Holliday. “He’s solid and he swings the bat about as hard as anyone in the game. There’s only a handful of guys that hit the ball with such a low trajectory and get it out.”
The Cardinals managed just one run in their previous 23 innings prior to the homer. Garcia, given a 2-1 lead, set the side down in order in the seventh and eighth innings with six ground ball outs. He struck out three over his eight innings.
Edward Mujica, who has taken over the closer role, needed just 19 pitches to fan Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce.