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Matt Holiday’s 2-Run HR Lifts Cardinals To Win, Will Host NLDS Game 5

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 07: Matt Holliday #7 of the St. Louis Cardinals hits a two run home run against Charlie Morton #50 of the Pittsburgh Pirates in the sixth inning during Game Four of the National League Division Series at PNC Park on October 7, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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Matt Holliday’s two-run blast in the sixth was enough offense for rookie Michael Wacha and the St. Louis Cardinals as the birds have forced a decisive Game 5 in their National League Division Series with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

In fact, Wacha took a no-hitter into the eighth before Pedro Alvarez broke up the no-no and shutout with a solo homer. It was Pittsburgh’s lone hit of the day as the Pirates missed a chance to close out their division rivals at home and advance to the NL Championship Series.

Incredibly, Wacha pitched 8 2/3 innings of no-hit ball against the Washington Nationals in his final outing of the regular season – only to have his history making attempt quashed by an infield single needing just one more out for the no-hitter.

Kid is unstoppable, huh?

He ended the day Monday with a 7 1/3 innings of one-run, one-hit ball against two walks and nine strikeouts.

His counterpart, Charlie Morton, only made one real mistake on the afternoon as well – the homer to Holliday. Morton was charged with two runs over five and a third innings with four walks and four-K’s.

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Game 5 is set for Wednesday (5:07 p.m. eastern on TBS) with Pittsburgh’s Gerrit Cole and St. Louis’ Adam Wainwright penciled in as the scheduled starters.

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