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Lineup change pays off for Cards

Lineup change pays off for Cards

Lineup change pays off for Cards
Houston -- Cardinals' manager Mike Matheny was looking for creative ways to fit Allen Craig into the lineup. He may have found it.

Matheny put Craig in the clean-up spot and the first baseman responded with a two-run homer and an RBI double in his first two plate appearances.

Craig has recorded an RBI in each of his four games since returning May 1 from the 15-day disabled list. His three RBIs Sunday, a season high, give him seven in those four games.

Center fielder Jon Jay, meanwhile, moved to the No. 7 slot in the lineup and went 1-for-5. Jay entered the game with a Major League leading .405 batting average.

And his defense isn't too shabby, either.

"Jon Jay might just play himself into a gold glove if he keeps playing like that," said Sunday's winning pitcher Adam Wainwright. "He has amazing closing speed in the outfield, comes in on the ball well and goes back on the ball well. He's a great outfielder."

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