Cards Deal Braves 7th Straight Loss

By scotthumphries

For the second straight night, the St. Louis Cardinals rallied from an early deficit to edge the Braves in a one-run game as the Cardinals beat the Braves 5-4 on Tuesday night at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

The Braves broke on top 2-0 in the game, scoring twice in the second on rbi-singles by Melky Cabrera and Derek Lowe, but Atlanta couldn’t hold the lead as St. Louis scored once in the fourth and four times in the sixth to turn the 2-0 Braves lead into a 5-2 Cardinals lead.

Ryan Ludwick had a solo homerun and an rbi-double for the Redbirds, but it was Yadier Molina who had the game’s biggest hit for the second night in a row when he connected for a two-run single that snapped a 2-2 tie and put the Cardinals in front to stay.

Chris Carpenter (3-0) pitched six strong innings to get the win for St. Louis, allowing just three hits and two runs, while Derek Lowe (3-2) took the loss for Atlanta.

Lowe retired the Cards in order in four of the first five innings, but the Redbirds got to him in the sixth inning, scoring four times on the rbi-double by Ludwick, the two-run single by Molina, and an rbi-single by David Freese.

The Braves responded with two runs in the seventh, scoring on a throwing error by Cardinals’ pitcher Blake Hawksworth and an rbi-double by Chipper Jones, but      couldn’t do any more damage and lost 5-4.

The Cardinals improved to 13-7 with the win, while the slumping Braves lost for the seventh straight time and dropped to 8-12.

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