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Some in the crowd gave him a standing ovation as he returned to the dugout.

NOTES: St. Louis LF Matt Holliday singled in the first for his 1,500th career hit. … Cardinals C Yadier Molina, run over by Pittsburgh’s Josh Harrison on Tuesday, was medically cleared to play just a few hours before Thursday’s game. He went 0 for 2 with a walk. “I really didn’t want to pass on the struggles that I had and automatically throw them on to him,” said Matheny, whose playing career ended in 2007 due to a concussion. “Just because I had a soft squash doesn’t mean that he does. It’s not fair to him. The conversation we had was, `Hey, if you pass the tests and the doctors say it’s OK, I’m not going to stop you. But I’m going to be extra cautious, because I know more about this than any one person should know.’” … Gio Gonzalez starts for the Nationals on Friday night, facing Adam Wainwright.