Holliday’s two homers lead Cards over Rockies

DENVER (AP) — Matt Holliday is making himself at

home again at Coors Field.

Holliday had another big

night against his former team, homering twice and driving in five runs

as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Colorado Rockies 9-6 on a

rain-soaked Wednesday night.

Yadier Molina had three

hits and Jake Westbrook pitched six innings to get the

win.

Holliday, who homered and drove in four runs in

Monday’s win, continued his assault Tuesday with the 17th multihomer

game of his career and the first this season.

“I like

to play here,” he said. “I see the ball well here and seem to have

fairly good success.”

Holliday has enjoyed playing

Colorado anywhere this season. In six games against the Rockies he is 13

for 24, including three hits Tuesday.

“Matt’s been

outstanding,” St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said. “Getting big hits for

us, the power, we know that’s there, but it’s been timely,

too.”

His big blow came in the seventh inning. With

Colorado leading 5-3, pinch-hitter Skip Schumaker walked and Daniel

Descalso singled. Reliever Matt Belisle (3-3) came on and Holliday hit a

1-0 pitch deep into the seats in left to put the Cardinals back on top.

It was his 21st homer of the season.

“I was looking

to hit the ball through the middle,” he said. “We had runners in scoring

position and I was trying to get something to hit

hard.”

Belisle was trying to sneak a fastball by him

but Holliday wasn’t fooled.

“We were just going

inside fastball and he was ready,” Belisle said. “Right now, he hitting

everything well.”

Holliday’s hot streak isn’t

reserved to Coors Field. Over the past month he is hitting .364 with

seven homers and 21 RBIs to help lead the Cardinals to a 16-10 record

since July 1.

His play has made an impact in the St.

Louis clubhouse.

“He’s been real vocal lately,”

Matheny said. “When you have someone that’s leading and their actions

are backing up what they’re saying, it carries a lot of

weight.”

It did against Colorado, which has dropped

five straight and seven in a row at home despite scoring 11 runs in the

past two games. Josh Rutledge homered and Tyler Colvin had two triples

among his three hits for the Rockies.

In the first

inning, Holliday connected off starter Drew Pomeranz for a two-run homer

that gave the Cardinals a 2-0 lead.

“I threw him a

3-2 curveball and he was all over it,” Pomeranz

said.

St. Louis made it 3-0 in the second on doubles

by Molina and Tyler Greene. Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzalez limited

the damage by reaching over the fence to rob Greene of a home run. The

ball popped out of Gonzalez’s glove into the outfield. Umpires upheld

the double call after a 50-second video review.

The

Rockies got one back in the fourth. Colvin tripled with one out and

scored on Ramon Hernandez’s groundout to short to make it

3-1.

Colorado took the lead in the sixth. Andrew

Brown and Jordan Pacheco led off with consecutive doubles, Colvin

tripled and Hernandez, who had three hits, doubled to give the Rockies a

4-3 lead.

Eric Young Jr. made it 5-3 with a double

to right but was thrown out trying to stretch it to a

triple.

“We got to where we needed to get to in the

game and they got our (bullpen),” Rockies manager Jim Tracy said.

“That’s what it boils down to.”

The Cardinals scored

again in the eighth and twice in the ninth to pad the

lead.

Rutledge homered with two outs in the ninth,

his fourth homer this season.

Westbrook (10-8) gave

up five runs on nine hits, struck out two and walked

four.

NOTES: The game was delayed

by rain for 1 hour, 26 minutes after the seventh inning. … Rockies 1B

Todd Helton (flulike symptoms) and OF Michael Cuddyer (sore oblique)

were out of the lineup. … The Cardinals activated RHP Edward Mujica

and optioned RHP Trevor Rosenthal to Triple-A Memphis. Mujica was

acquired from the Miami Marlins on Tuesday. … David Freese extended

his hitting streak to 12 games. … The Rockies activated C Wil Nieves

from the 15-day DL and designated him for assignment. … Cardinals RHP

Lance Lynn (13-4) will face Colorado RHP Alex White (2-6) in the series

final on Thursday.