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Cardinals rally for win over Pirates, take over first

ST. LOUIS -- Matt Holliday continued his red-hot hitting, and Kolten Wong, who was taken out of Sunday's game because of fears of a concussion, hit a pinch-hit homer as the Cardinals came from behind again to beat the Pirates 5-4 at Busch Stadium on Monday.

The win, coupled with Milwaukee's 4-2 loss at Chicago, put the Cardinals in sole possession of first place for the first time this season.

"Wins are wins, yes, but the kind of wins we've had," manager Mike Matheny said. "I've kind of run out of ways to describe being down five, being down three against a good pitcher, a good team, and just watching how they're doing it. We're going to keep the throttle down."

Holliday drove in two runs with a double in the third after the Cardinals had fallen behind 3-0 after 1 1/2 innings. With the Cards down 4-2 in the seventh, Wong pinch hit for Seth Maness and hit a two-run homer into the Cardinals' bullpen in right.

Jon Jay followed with a triple into the left-field corner and after a walk to Oscar Taveras, he scored on a single by Holliday through a drawn-in infield. In the past three games, Holliday is 7-for-11.

"We like him in those situations," Matheny said. "That's what he loves to do too, come up with the big hit. He got it again."

Wong had left Sunday's game early after hitting his head on the Busch Stadium turf trying to catch a pop fly. He was checked for a concussion on Sunday night and again before Monday's game and got a clean bill of health, at least on the concussion front. He did have a sore neck.

"He's got sneaky power. It's usually when he isn't trying to lift and separate, good things happen for him," Matheny said. "It was a great at-bat and perfect timing. ... He said he felt good. Obviously he wasn't lying."

The Cardinals came back from being down 5-0 to the Cubs on Sunday to win 9-6 and move into a tie for first in the NL Central.

Lance Lynn got hit hard in the first inning and only a great running catch in center field by Jay saved the inning from being disastrous. As it was, the Pirates scored two runs in the first, added one in the second and then got one in the seven when Andrew McCutchen hit one of the longest home runs in Busch III history into the front row of Big Mac Land in left.

"I'd have liked to have made some better pitches," Lynn said. "A lot of the balls were in the middle and I was able to start making pitches as the game went on. We were able to have a couple good at-bats and we won, and that's all that matters."

Seth Maness came on in relief of Siegrist and got the win. Trevor Rosenthal got his NL high 41st save.

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