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Matt Holliday's 45-game on-base streak ends with ejection

ST. LOUIS -- Matt Holliday of the St. Louis Cardinals was ejected for arguing a called third strike in the seventh inning Tuesday night, ending his National League-record 45-game streak of reaching base safely to start the season.

Plate umpire Joe West also tossed manager Mike Matheny, who had gone out to aid Holliday's cause, in the Cardinals' 1-0 win over the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Cardinals' No. 3 hitter said he was surprised to have been ejected.

"I obviously disagreed with the call," Holliday said. "I didn't say any cross words to the umpire, I didn't say any cuss words, I didn't call him any names.

"And apparently he didn't like that I was even mentioning balls and strikes, and that was it."

West declined comment to a pool reporter after Holliday spoke.

"I thought he was getting his word in, and next thing we know, we lost him," Matheny said. "He threw him out because he was tired of listening to him, I suppose.

"Obviously, I let it go too long," he added.

Holliday's streak was the longest in the majors since Derek Jeter's major league-record run of 53 in a row to start the 1999 season for the Yankees.

It was Holliday's fourth career ejection and the ninth career ejection for Matheny, his first this season.

That made a total of five ejections in the past five games at Busch.

Holliday is batting .313 with a .429 on-base percentage and 24 RBIs, second most on the team.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.