Holliday extends on-base streak, exits

Cardinals left fielder forced out due to illness

Holliday extends on-base streak, exits

ST. LOUIS -- Matt Holliday, who missed Friday's series opener because of flu-like symptoms, lasted only four innings on Saturday during the Cardinals' 5-1 loss before exiting due to illness.

Though Holliday's appearance was brief, he was still able to extend his on-base streak with a leadoff walk in the fourth inning. The free pass put Holliday on base for the 44th straight game to open his season, extending a National League record he set on Wednesday. The Major League record for consecutive games reaching base at the start of a year is 53, established by Derek Jeter in 1999.

Holliday extends streak

Dating back to last year, Holliday has reached in 46 straight games. It is the longest on-base streak by a Cardinals player since Jim Edmonds found his way on in 47 consecutive games during 2004.

Upon Holliday's exit, Randal Grichuk shifted from right field to left. Jason Heyward entered to play right and fill the third spot in the Cardinals' batting order.

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