National League Game Summary - St. Louis at Atlanta|
(Wednesday, May 7th)
Final Score: St. Louis 7, Atlanta 1
Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Matt Holliday had three hits and drove in
three runs as the St. Louis Cardinals grabbed a 7-1 win over the Atlanta
Braves in the rubber match of a three-game set at Turner Field.
Peter Bourjos went 3-for-4 with a solo home run, two RBI and two runs scored
for the Cardinals, who have won three of four.
Adam Wainwright (6-2) pitched eight innings and gave up just one run on six
hits and six strikeouts. He also was 2-for-4 at the plate with two runs
"It's never easy pitching against a team like that," said Wainwright. "I had
some big jams early on and it ended up being the key to our win today. We had
good offense against a tough pitcher today."
Freddie Freeman drove in the lone run of the game for the Braves, who have
lost eight of their last nine games. Mike Minor (0-2) was belted for six runs
on 11 hits over 4 1/3 innings.
"We're not playing good baseball right now," said Atlanta third baseman Chris
Johnson. "We want to turn that around. A lot of baseball left, so I think
we'll be all right."
St. Louis scored the first run of the game in the second on Bourjos' solo home
run, his first of the season.
The Cardinals pushed a run across in the third when Yadier Molina grounded
into a double play, scoring Wainwright, but the Braves got it back in the home
half on back-to-back doubles from Justin Upton and Freeman.
St. Louis tacked on three more runs in the fourth inning. Bourjos singled with
one out and Wainwright kept the inning alive with a two-out single. Matt
Carpenter pushed one run across with a basehit to left and, after Molina
walked to load the bases, Holliday hit a two-run single for a 5-1 lead.
In the fifth, the Cardinals added a run as Jhonny Peralta doubled to start,
moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a Bourjos single for a 6-1 game.
Holliday added an RBI single in the ninth.
The Braves are 7-15 when their opponent scores the first run, and are 11-0
when they score the first run ... St. Louis starts a three-game set in
Pittsburgh on Friday ... Atlanta welcomes the Cubs for three games beginning
05/07 22:48:15 ET