Matt Holliday helps Cardinals to big victory


Matt Holliday hit a grand slam as seven runs in their final innings helped the St. Louis Cardinals to an 11-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds last night. 

The Cardinals clinched both the match and the series victory, after dominating the tenth innings of what had otherwise been a closely fought encounter. 

What was left of an announced crowd of 38,023 at Great American Ball Park watched Daniel Descalso spark the big inning with an RBI double off the left-field wall that gave the Cardinals their first lead of the game.

Descalso, inserted into the lineup largely because of his success against Arroyo, went hitless in his first four at-bats before getting to Reds reliever J.J. Hoover. Allen Craig and David Freese had reached base in front of him with a walk and single, respectively. Freese's hit extended his hitting streak to 19 games.

Matt Carpenter, who had earlier pushed his own hit streak to 18 games, padded the lead with a two-run single. Matt Holliday capped the seven-run frame with his fifth career grand slam into the second deck in left field. The Reds estimated the distance of the blast to be 464 feet.

The victory pushed the Cardinals' division lead back to four games and secured the team's 14th series win this season. The Cardinals are now 6-3 against the Reds, having won all three series against the division's defending champs.


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