Matt Holliday hammered a three-run homer as the Cardinals cut down the Marlins, 7-4. Albert Pujols [[ POOH-holes ]] clubbed a solo homer, while Skip Schumaker laced a two-run double for St. Louis, which is now three games behind the Brewers for first place in the NL Central. Cardinals third baseman David Freese had to leave the game after being hit by a pitch in the head with the bases loaded in the third inning. Kyle McClellan tossed three scoreless innings in relief of Kyle Lohse [[ lowsh ]] to earn his ninth win. Fernando Salas got the final four outs to earn his 20th save. The second of the four-game series is tonight as Jake Westbrook opposes Anibal Sanchez.