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Cardinals lose challenge, but benefit after all

Replay confirms Holliday's foul ball before slugger clubs solo homer vs. Rays

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ST. LOUIS -- A challenge not won by Cardinals manager Mike Matheny worked in the Cards' favor on Tuesday night, when Matt Holliday followed a contested foul ball in the sixth inning with a 424-foot solo homer to pull the Cardinals to within four runs of the Rays.

Matheny, now 2-13 when challenging this season, asked the umpiring crew to review first-base umpire Dan Bellino's foul call on a ball Holliday dropped near the right-field line. A 1-minute, 42-second review confirmed the ruling, forcing Holliday to return to the plate.

He would have had a single had the call been overturned. Instead, he smashed a homer, his eighth of the season, to make it 6-2 off Rays starter Jake Odorizzi.

Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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