Holliday helps Cardinals outwit Cubs; Orioles overcome Twins

September 02, 2014 - 12:00:00 am
Atlanta Braves’ first baseman Freddie Freeman (down) catches a throw just before Miami Marlins’ second baseman Donovan Solano hits the base in the ninth inning of their MLB baseball game at Turner Field in Atlanta, Georgia, yesterday.


NEW YORK: In a series mostly marked by Chicago Cubs homers, St Louis Cardinals’ left fielder Matt Holliday provided some thunder of his own at a sold-out Busch Stadium.

Holliday’s bases-loaded two-run single with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning snapped a 6-6 tie and capped a St Louis rally from a 5-0 deficit.

Holliday, whose solo homer in the fourth started the comeback, drilled a 1-2 pitch off reliever Carlos Villanueva (5-7) and past third baseman Luis Valbuena into left field.

It scored second baseman Pete Kozma and first baseman Daniel Descalso, giving Holliday nine RBIs in the last two games and 10 for the four-game series.

Orioles 12, Twins 8

JJ Hardy hit his fourth career grand slam and the rampant Baltimore Orioles beat the Minnesota Twins for their fourth consecutive victory.

Nelson Cruz connected for his league-leading 35th home run as the Orioles (79-56) pounded 18 hits and increased their lead over the Yankees to nine games in the American League East. Reds 3, Pirates 2

Chris Heisey homered twice while Johnny Cueto limited the Pittsburgh Pirates to two runs in eight innings as the Cincinnati Reds beat the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Cueto (16-8) tied for the league lead in victories.

He allowed two runs, nine hits, one walk and struck out six.