On big night, Holliday notches pair of milestones

Cards slugger rips 400th double, scores 1,000th run on mammoth two-run HR

On big night, Holliday notches pair of milestones

ST. LOUIS -- In the course of contributing to every run the Cardinals scored in a 3-2 win over the Dodgers on Friday, Matt Holliday pushed a pair of career offensive totals to notable round numbers.

He hit the 400th double of his career in the first inning, driving in Kolten Wong with the extra-base hit to center. Holliday went to center again in the fifth, this time pouncing on Dan Haren's mistake fastball for a two-run homer that traveled 435 feet. Holliday finished his jog around the bases by stepping on home plate for the 1,000th time in his career.

"It's cool," Holliday said afterward of the milestone figures. "I've played with a lot of great players who have driven me in a lot of times. Four hundred doubles, that just means I've been able to play a long time. I feel blessed that the Lord has allowed me to be healthy enough to play this long to have some numbers like that."

Holliday is the 18th active player with at least 400 doubles and 1,000 runs scored, joining former Cardinals Albert Pujols and Carlos Beltran on that list. Friday's double was also the 25th of this season for Holliday, who has reached that total in 10 of his 11 seasons. The only exception was 2005, when he finished with 24.

"He's had a great career, no question about it," manager Mike Matheny said. "What I'm really excited about is to watch him take off this second half and do what he normally does."

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