The Cardinals' bats, quiet for their series with the Cubs up until then, came alive on Saturday night.
Matt Holliday hit two home runs -- a three-run homer in the fifth and a solo shot in the eighth -- to go along with an excellent pitching performance from starter-on-loan Marco Gonzales to give the Cardinals a split of their day-night doubleheader with a 13-2 win over the Cubs on Saturday night at Busch Stadium.
The Cardinals blew the game open with nine runs in the eighth inning, with the first 10 batters reaching base before the third Cubs pitcher of the inning finally got an out. Holliday was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to drive in his fifth run of the night.
While the Cubs were hitting the ball all over the place in the first two games, hitting seven home runs, the Cardinals were slowly making their way around the bases, if they even got on. Holliday's homer in the fifth inning was just the second home run for the Cardinals in the past seven games. He now has 15 on the season after his 19th career multi-homer game.
Gonzales, meanwhile, who was with the team because of a rule that allows teams to carry a 26th player on days of doubleheaders, allowed just one run and three hits in six innings while picking up his first big-league win after two losses. He pitched out of a jam in the first, with one run in and runners on second and third with one out, and then allowed just one more hit in the next five innings, thoug hhe did hit one batter and walk another.
Gonzales now has to go back to Memphis, though he could be in line to start Thursday's game at Milwaukee, along with Game 1 reliever Tyler Lyons.
Three of the first four Cubs to face Gonzales got on, but with two on in the first he got Welington Castillo to pop out and Luis Valbuena to fly out. The Cardinals tied the game in the bottom of the first on two walks, a force play and a throwing error.
The score stayed tied at 1-1 until the fifth. Daniel Descalso led off with a single, was bunted to second by Gonzales, and Matt Carpenter walked. After Kolten Wong fouled out, Holliday hit a 1-0 pitch 425 feet to right center.
The bottom of the eighth was a horror show for the Cubs. Reliever Kyuji Fujikawa allowed the first three Cardinals to reach base before coming out for reliever Zac Rosscup, who faced six batters without retiring any of them. He finally gave way to Carlos Villanueva, who hit Holliday, gave up a sacrifice fly to Matt Adams, a single to Yadier Molina and then a double play to end the inning after the Cardinals had scored nine runs.
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