Matt Holliday homered twice, Matt Carpenter hit his third homer of the series, and Matt Adams drove in three runs as the Cardinals’ offense finished with 18 hits in holding off the L.A. Angels with a 12-10 victory.  The men named Matt combined for nine hits, nine RBIs and six of the runs scored.

“That’s who I believe we are, and I hope they keep believing it,” Matheny said after his team finished 41 hits and 25 runs in the series. “We’ve talked a lot about the young guys coming through for us, and sooner or later the big boys were going to come.”

This offense came against a dinged up Angels rotation and now the hitters may see some favorable pitching matchups with the Dodgers with a rookie starting Friday…though they’ll face two lefties on Saturday and Sunday.

I have deep concerns over Adam Wainwright.  Wainwright was charged with seven runs (six earned) on 11 hits and a walk in five innings.  Despite his struggles, the Cardinals have still won his last four starts, while is ERA jumped to 6.80 on the season.

“I’m starting over,” Wainwright said. “I’m putting all this crap that’s happened this year for me behind me, and I’m going to move forward knowing that my stuff is pretty dang good right now. The only way I can move on from that is I have to start over. It’s a new season for me from now on.”