Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday is about to return from missing a week's worth of starts due to a recurrence of a left quadriceps strain. But Holliday hardly could have done more than his replacement, Jon Jay.
The Cardinals continued their remarkable run of series victories. After losing their first three series of the season, they have won 12 of their last 14, and they took all three series on the trip, two games to one. An atrocious 34-47 on the road last year, the Cardinals are 18-13 away from home this year.
"We've got a lot of confidence (on the road)," Jay said.
Manager Tony La Russa, ever wary, said, "The best thing to do is not talk about it when you've got four months to play."
The Cardinals took a 3-0
lead in the first inning and then hung on as the
"That game was there for it to get away from us," La Russa said. "Neither guy was perfect, but they kept firing and held it together."
NOTES AND QUOTES
RHP Kyle Lohse, who won a
total of only 10 games in the past two seasons as he battled forearm problems
that required surgery last year, posted his seventh victory in nine decisions
Sunday. He recorded his ninth quality start. Until the seventh, Lohse kept the
RHP Fernando Salas recorded his ninth save in nine tries. "He's got a good coolness to him," manager Tony La Russa said. "I know he's excited, but he doesn't get rattled. He's got really good composure."
1B Albert Pujols isn't
out of the woods yet. After ending a 105 at-bat homer drought May 23 in
LF Matt Holliday, who has
missed the last six starts because of a recurrence of a left quadriceps strain,
is likely to return during the four-game home series against
OF/1B Allen Craig made his third start in the last four games at second base. As has been manager Tony La Russa's custom, Craig, who went 1-for-3 and played flawlessly in the field, came out for Tyler Greene in the sixth inning.
BY THE NUMBERS: 1 - Home runs hit in May by CF Colby Rasmus, who connected Sunday for his first homer since April 20, a span of 116 at-bats.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "The most impressive thing is … that it hasn't affected his hitting. This gives him the opportunity. He's made it work."
- Manager Tony La Russa on employing hot-hitting OF/1B Allen Craig at second base.
LF Matt Holliday (tight left quadriceps) left the May 22 game and did not play May 23-25. He was used as a pinch hitter May 27-28, then sat out May 29. He is day-to-day.
C Gerald Laird (broken right index finger) went on the 15-day disabled list May 23. He will be out until July.
INF Nick Punto (right forearm flexor strain) went on the 15-day disabled list May 18.
3B David Freese (broken left hand) went on the 15-day disabled list May 2. He had surgery May 3, and he is expected to be out until mid- to late July.
RHP Bryan Augenstein (strained right groin) went on the 15-day disabled list April 13. He was transferred to the 60-day DL on May 16.
RHP Adam Wainwright (Tommy John surgery in February 2011) went on the 60-day disabled list March 25. He will miss the entire 2011 season.