St. Louis Cardinals defeat Oakland Athletics, 4-3

Those same ninth-inning instincts that caused Tony La Russa to swiftly yank closer Ryan Franklin from a combustible save told the Cardinals' manager he should stick with Franklin's replacement for the win.

Franklin faced three batters with a three-run lead in the ninth, and all three reached base, cluing La Russa that his closer was sideways. Without hesitation, the manager brought in fireballer Jason Motte to extinguish the inning — and then let the righthander claim h...

It took Matt Holliday 66 games this season to put together his first three-RBI game.

It took him one more to construct his second.

Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright provided an unshakeable eight-inning foundation, and Holliday supplied the run-scoring touches to a 4-3 win over the Oakland A's before a Busch Stadium crowd of 43,682. The decision extended history for Wainwright. It reversed it for Holliday.

Holliday gave the Cardinals a 2-1 lead with a fifth-inning ...