Kelly, who hadn't pitched since giving up three hits and a run in 5 1/3 innings of a victory over the Cubs in Chicago on July 12, was making his fourth start compared with 21 relief appearances. He made 16 starts last year as a rookie.
"I didn't feel I missed a beat, even with the time off," Kelly said.
NOTES: Still searching for a leadoff hitter, the Braves tried RF Jason Heyward in the spot for the second time this season. ... 1B-OF Brock Peterson was returned to Triple-A Memphis by the Cardinals to clear a roster spot for Holliday. Peterson, making his major league debut, was 1-for-7 with two RBIs in five games. ... RHP Shelby Miller (10-6, 2.77) will start for the Cardinals against RHP Kris Medlen (6-10, 3.78) in the series finale on Sunday night. Medlen has allowed 24 hits and 16 earned runs in 14 2/3 innings while losing his last three starts.