Joe Kelly, Matt Holliday do the damage as Cardinals stay hot in win over Dodgers

| July 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Sammy Stava

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Apparently the Cardinals have the Dodgers’ number after the mid-summer’s classic. With this afternoon’s win over Los Angeles, the Cardinals have now won 10 straight games against the Dodgers in St. Louis the first series after the All-Star break from this year and dating back to 2010 and 2006.

All four runs from the Cardinals came in the Bottom of the 1st. The Cardinals jumped out to a 2-0 lead with a two RBI single by Matt Holliday scoring Matt Carpenter and Kolten Wong. That was Holliday’s 5oth RBI of the season as he also scored the last five Cardinals’ runs after having all three RBIs in yesterday night’s win.

Matt Adams followed with a two run shot for the 4-0 lead. That was his 12th home run of the season, just two behind the team lead of Jhonny Peralta.

Four runs was all starter Joe Kelly needed. Making his second start since returning from the DL, Kelly threw seven innings for just the second time in his career matching his longest outing of his career.

In seven innings, Kelly allowed one run on four hits and striking out four batters on 99 pitchers. Kelly earned his second win of the season and his first since April.

With a 4-1 lead in the Top of the 8th, Sam Freeman was in relief of Joe Kelly.

The Dodgers started to make things interesting.

A sac fly by Carl Crawford to score Justin Turner cut the Cardinals’ lead to 4-2 with just one out and the tying run coming to the plate.

Pat Neshek came in to relieve Sam Freeman. Freeman allowed his first run since June 24th which was eight appearances ago.

Neshek had to face Matt Kemp and Hanley Ramirez back-to-back with Dee Gordon on second base. Neshek struck out both Kemp and Ramirez to end the Dodgers’ threat in the Top of the 8th.

Neshek hurled his 17th consecutive scoreless appearance. With his ERA down to 0.68, Neshek has allowed one run since April 9th in a span of 40 games.

Trevor Rosenthal came in to close out the game in the Top of the 9th and did just that. Rosenthal earned his 30th save of the season this afternoon, which is currently tied with Atlanta’s Craig Kimbrel for most saves in the majors.

The Cardinals won 4-2 having won seven out of their last nine games and moved to a season high 10 games over .500 at 54-44. They have won 9 out of 12 three game series at home this season.

If the Brewers lose to the Nationals later tonight, the Cardinals would move back to a tie atop the NL Central.

The Cardinals will go for the three game sweep tomorrow on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball.

Carlos Martinez will be on the hill against Clayton Kershaw.

Of note: Peter Bourjos came in to pinch-hit in the Bottom of the 5th for Matt Holliday. Holliday left after a collision at second base in the first inning but was ruled with no concussion and is currently day-to-day.

-Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig left the game in the Top of the 9th with a sore left hand after being hit by pitch in the Top of the 3rd.




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