Cardinals' Holliday exits early

The St. Louis Cardinals, battling in a tight NL wild card race, suffered a blow when outfielder Matt Holliday exited Tuesday's game against the Astros with discomfort in his right hand.

Holliday had an inflamed tendon in his right middle finger earlier this month and missed nine games as a result. He returned last Saturday, but the injury was apparently aggravated following his second-inning flyout on Tuesday.

Allen Craig, playing as an injury replacement for Holliday, went 2-for-3 with a home run, three runs scored and four driven in to help the Cardinals come back and beat the Astros, 13-6.

The win pulled St. Louis even with the Braves atop the wild card standings with one game remaining.

Holliday is being listed as day-to-day.