Sep 18, 2013 12:15 AM by Jordan Mason
DENVER (AP) - Matt Holliday had four hits, including a two-run homer, to help the St. Louis Cardinals take over sole possession of the NL Central with an 11-4 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night.
The Cardinals entered the night tied with the Pittsburgh Pirates, who lost 5-2 at home to San Diego. St. Louis reduced its magic number for clinching a playoff spot to five with 11 games remaining.
Joe Kelly (9-4) allowed three hits over five sharp innings before turning a 10-0 lead over to the bullpen. The hard-throwing right-hander has been one of the team's most consistent pitchers since becoming a permanent member of the rotation in July.
Juan Nicasio (8-8) lasted just 2 2-3 innings and allowed eight runs, which tied a career high.
Holliday led an 18-hit night by the Cardinals, who had seven players with at least two hits.
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