Matt Holliday hit a go-ahead solo homer in the ninth inning to lead the Cardinals to a 7-6 victory over the Brewers on Friday.
It finished off a huge night for Holliday, who reached base in four out of his five plate appearances. He also had a single, two doubles, and a walk. The home run was his first since June 16 and just his sixth on the season. The 34-year-old is currently on pace to hit fewer than 20 home runs for the first time since 2005.
Trevor Rosenthal delivered a scoreless ninth inning Friday against the Brewers to convert his 28th save of the season.
Rosenthal struck out two batters in the inning and worked around a leadoff single from Aramis Ramirez to finish off the victory. It hasn't always been pretty for the 24-year-old this season -- he has walked 26 batters in 43 2/3 innings to go along with a 1.37 WHIP -- but he's tied with Atlanta's Craig Kimbrel for the MLB lead with 28 saves.
Joe Kelly was tagged for six runs in just three innings in his return from the disabled list Friday against the Brewers.
In retrospect, perhaps another minor league rehab start would have been a good idea. Kelly allowed seven hits and two walks and needed 78 pitches to complete his three innings of work. He'll look for better results when the second half resumes.
Yovani Gallardo yielded five runs over 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Cardinals on Friday.
Gallardo was handed an early 6-0 lead, but he gave up three home runs to get the Cardinals back in the ballgame. The bullpen finished the job. Gallardo struck out three and walked one in the no-decision and will finish a resurgent first half with a 3.68 ERA and 86/32 K/BB ratio over 115 innings.
Kolten Wong swatted a solo homer Friday against the Brewers.
What's gotten into this guy? Wong now has four home runs in six games since coming off the disabled list. The 23-year-old had just one over his first 233 plate appearances in the majors. Many considered Wong a sleeper coming into the season and he finally appears ready to take off. With his speed potential, he should be scooped up in most leagues with a middle infielder spot.
Scooter Gennett went 3-for-5 with a two-run triple, two runs scored, and a stolen base Friday against the Cardinals.
Gennett just won't slow down. On the strong side of a platoon with Rickie Weeks at second base, the 24-year-old is batting .307/.342/.482 with seven home runs and 31 RBI over 82 games this season. Only Robinson Cano has a higher OPS among major league second baseman.
John Lackey yielded two runs over six innings in Friday's 8-3 win over the Astros.
Lackey was shaky, allowing four hits and five walks while throwing just 67 out of 117 pitches for strikes. Still, he managed to avoid any major damage. His five walks were a season-high and his most since returning from Tommy John surgery. He struck out three batters in the victory and will finish off the first half at 10-6 with a 3.79 ERA and 109/28 K/BB ratio in 123 1/3 innings over 19 starts.
Scott Feldman was knocked around for a season-high seven runs over 5 1/3 innings in a loss to the Red Sox on Friday.
Feldman had gone at least five innings with three earned runs or fewer allowed over his last five starts, but he allowed an army of baserunners Friday by giving up 11 hits and three walks. His ERA jumped from 3.86 to 4.33 with the loss. That's his new high-water mark for the year.