(Sports Network) - Matt Holliday was mired in an 0-for-12 slump going intoSaturday's contest, but he ended that tough stretch in dominating fashion. TheSt. Louis slugger had four hits and five RBI in a crazy 10-7 Cardinals winover the Royals, with today's rubber match of the weekend series looming.
Holliday's efforts put the Cardinals in position to not only win the series,but also close out a nine-game homestand on a positive note despite a 4-4mark.
Adam Wainwright, who threw seven strong innings in a 6-1 loss to the White Soxon Tuesday, takes the ball for the Cardinals. The righty has allowed just onehome run over his last eight starts and is 2-1 with a 3.86 ERA in six games (3starts) when facing the Royals.
Luis Mendoza will face St. Louis for the first time in the series finale. Thiswill be the righty's 12th appearance and seventh start of 2012. The 28-yearold native of Mexico allowed just one hit over six-plus innings in a no-decision against the Brewers on Tuesday. Mendoza had a no-hitter until RyanBraun legged out an infield hit to start the seventh.
Yadier Molina added a two-run homer and drove in four yesterday for theCardinals, who have won three of four. They blew a 6-1 lead before rallying.
After St. Louis had a triple play overturned in the first inning, it scoredsix consecutive runs to take a five-run lead after two innings. However,Kansas City scored the game's next six runs to grab the lead in the top of theseventh.
Following the Royals' three-run seventh, St. Louis scored three runs in thehome half, aided by Holliday's game-tying single and Molina's eventual game-winning two-run single with two outs in the inning.
The rally made a winner of Mitchell Boggs (1-1), who threw 1 1/3 innings ofscoreless relief, and a loser of Tim Collins (4-1).
"In those middle innings we had a tough time scoring, but we scored early andscored late," Holliday said.
Mike Moustakas homered, had three hits and tied a career-high with four RBIfor the Royals, who had won their previous four games.
"I was really proud of our offense today the way they just stayed after it,"Kansas City manager Ned Yost said. "Battled back, got the lead and thenfrom the seventh inning on, we really struggled to command the ball."
St. Louis won four of six from the Royals last season.