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Matt Holliday is keeping quiet about his recent hitting surge. St. Louis moved into sole possession of first place in the NL Central for the first time this season with its third straight win. The Cardinals are one game ahead of Milwaukee, which lost to the Chicago Cubs. Pittsburgh dropped three games back.

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Jorge Soler has never lacked confidence. Soler doubled twice and scored a run in his Wrigley Field debut as the Cubs beat Milwaukee 4-2 Monday, handing the Brewers their sixth straight loss and knocking them out of the NL Central lead. Will Middlebrooks did it for Boston in 2012 and Enos Slaughter for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1938. ”I expected it to go well, but not as well as it’s gone so far.” Welington Castillo and Luis Valbuena homered to back Justin Turner (5-8).

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The final month of the season offers a chance for redemption for Josh Hamilton of the Angels and Bryce Harper of the Nationals. Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is back from a right thumb injury, and Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer is putting together a fitting encore to his Cy Young Award season from a year ago. With September in the on-deck circle, here are a couple players to watch in the final weeks of the season and beyond: ANGEL IN THE OUTFIELD: This has been one strange season for Hamilton, who agreed to a $125 million, five-year contract with the Angels in December 2012.

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(Adds later games) Aug 31 (The Sports Xchange) – Highlights of Sunday’s Major League Baseball games. – - – Cardinals 9, Cubs 6 In a series mostly marked by Chicago Cubs homers, St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday provided some thunder of his own at a sold-out Busch Stadium. Holliday, whose solo homer in the fourth started the comeback, drilled a 1-2 pitch off reliever Carlos Villanueva (5-7) and past third baseman Luis Valbuena into left field. It scored second baseman Pete Kozma and first baseman Daniel Descalso, giving Holliday nine RBIs in the last two games and 10 for the four-game series.

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The Milwaukee Brewers have held at least a share of the NL Central lead for nearly the entire season but that run is in jeopardy following a dismal end to this past month. The Brewers will seek to begin September with a much-needed victory Monday against the division’s cellar dweller, the Chicago Cubs, and start to build some momentum for a pivotal series later this week. Milwaukee (73-63) hasn’t been out of first place since April 4 and had sole possession of the Central lead dating back to July 21 until Sunday. The Brewers dropped into a tie with St. Louis after a 15-5 drubbing in San Francisco and the Cardinals’ 9-6 victory over the Cubs (61-76).

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Matt Holliday doesn’t get too technical about what he tries to do at the plate for the Cardinals. Holliday hit his third home run in two games and broke an eighth-inning tie with a two-run single, rallying St. Louis past the Chicago Cubs 9-6 on Sunday. ”I just try to hit the ball to the middle of the field,” said Holliday, who has five homers against the Cubs this season and 20 in his career. ”Trying to hit a single up the middle is a good approach.” Holliday finished with three hits and four RBIs for the Cardinals, who moved into a tie with Milwaukee for first place in the NL Central.

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If the past two games are any indication, Matt Holliday is up to some old tricks. The St. Louis Cardinals left fielder homered, doubled and drove in four runs Sunday — including a go-ahead, two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the eighth — as St. Louis overcame a 5-0 deficit to down the Chicago Cubs 9-6 at sold-out Busch Stadium. In salvaging a split of the four-game series, the Cardinals (73-63) drew within a half-game of the Milwaukee Brewers for first place in the National League Central. Holliday led the charge, starting the comeback with a solo homer in the fourth.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals recalled left-handed reliever Kevin Siegrist and infielder Pete Kozma from Triple-A Memphis on Sunday and optioned three left-handed pitchers – Marco Gonzales, Nick Greenwood and Tyler Lyons – to Double-A Springfield.

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After watching the Chicago Cubs pound seven homers in two emphatic wins, the St. Louis Cardinals needed a stopper. Enter Marco Gonzales. Called up from Triple-A Memphis to start the nightcap of Saturday’s day-night doubleheader, Gonzales worked six solid innings for his first big league win as St. Louis ended a four-game losing streak with a 13-2 rout at sold-out Busch Stadium. A first-round pick last year out of Gonzaga University, Gonzales (1-2) gave up just three hits and a run, walking two and fanning five.

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