Matt Holliday, who had been sidelined with a tendon injury in his right hand, was back in the Cardinals' lineup today for the first time since Sept. 13. But his baserunning form was not quite back.



Holliday, after reaching base on a two-out error in the fourth, ran into an inning-ending out at third base as he challenged Chicago's Alfonso Soriano, not a defensive ace, on David Freese's single to left.



The Cubs led, 1-0, after four innings.







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SORIANO PUTSCUBSAHEAD



Alfonso Soriano, who crushed the Cardinals with a three-run homer on Friday, got the Chicago Cubs off to a quick start today with a two-out, run-scoring single in the first inning off Cardinals starter Kyle Lohse.



Soriano's hit followed singles by Darwin Barney and Bryan LaHair and boosted Sorianio's RBI count to 85.







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MOLINA CRACKSTOP10



Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina began today in the top 10 in National League batting average for probably the first time in his career this late in the season. Molina was hitting .305, eighth in the league.



Generally, catchers don't have enough at-bats to qualify for the batting title (3.1 appearances per game is the standard) but Molina does. And he's riding a four-game hitting streak in which he has gone nine for 15..