The streaking slugger connected for one of St. Louis’ four home runs, and the Cardinals beat the Toronto Blue Jays 9-4 on Tuesday night.
Holliday got off to a slow start after signing a $120 million, seven-year contract in the offseason. But he was selected NL player of the week after batting .435 (10 for 23) with four homers and eight RBIs from June 14-20.
He kept that streak going against the Blue Jays with a single in the first inning, a homer in the third and a double in the fifth. He finished 3 for 5 with two RBIs.
“He’s done it for seven years,” Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. “You’re going to have times when he goes on a binge and then he goes sluggish, but even when he goes sluggish he’s getting his knock. He’s just a very tough out, a proven hitter.”
Rasmus said Holliday’s track record means the outfielder must work hard to live up to past successes.
“He’s doing what everybody knows he can do, which is hard to do,” Rasmus said. “It’s definitely hard to keep that going. He’s hit .300 for six years, which is crazy.”
Molina hit a solo shot in the second and Rasmus a two-run, pinch-hit drive in the eighth, snapping an 0-for-17 slide. Lopez capped the outburst with a solo homer in the ninth.
Garcia allowed three runs and six hits in six innings, the first time in 14 starts he’s allowed more than two earned runs. He walked none and struck out four.
“The whole game I felt like I was doing a pretty good job of keeping the ball down,” Garcia said.
Bautista hit a two-run drive in the second and a solo shot in the seventh. It was the fourth multihomer game of the season for Bautista, who had not gone deep since homering twice June 4 against the New York Yankees.
The Blue Jays lead the majors with 108 home runs.
Molina’s homer, his third, gave St. Louis a 1-0 lead, but Bautista replied with a two-run shot in the bottom half, just the third homer allowed by Garcia this season.
Holliday tied it with a one-out drive to left in the third, his 11th.
Cecil allowed six runs and eight hits in five innings, losing back-to-back starts for the first time this season. He walked one, intentional, and struck out four.
“Back to basics, two rough starts, time to start over,” Cecil said. “I’ve got to get back to work on keeping the ball down. The whole game I was missing up.”
NOTES: The Cardinals are 8-3 in interleague play. … Plate umpire Paul Nauert had to have his left wrist taped between innings after he was hit by a ball in the top of the eighth. … Blue Jays right-hander Dustin McGowan(notes) had surgery to repair a “significant tear” in his rotator cuff and improve range of motion in his pitching shoulder. He will not resume throwing for four to six months, general manager Alex Anthopoulos said. McGowan has not pitched in the majors since July 2008, when he had surgery to repair his labrum. … Former NBA star Charles Barkley attended the game.