Coverage of tonight's Cards and Braves game can be heard on Newstalk 97.3 WTIM beginning at 5:35pm.
Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Chris Johnson hit an RBI single in the
eighth inning to help the Atlanta Braves to a 2-1 win over the St. Louis
Cardinals in the second of a three-game set from Turner Field.
Justin Upton hit a solo home run for the Braves, who snapped a seven-game
Gavin Floyd pitched seven innings in the start and gave up one run on six hits
with two walks and five strikeouts. David Carpenter (2-0) got the win for
tossing a perfect eighth inning.
Matt Holliday drove in the lone run of the game for the Cardinals, who had won
their previous two coming in.
Tyler Lyons gave up a run on four hits and struck out seven while walking one
in six innings of action.
With the score tied in the eighth inning, the Braves plated a run to take the
With Randy Choate (0-1) on the mound, Upton punched a one-out single and
Freddie Freeman followed with a single to chase Choate from the mound and
bring in Pat Neshek.
Johnson greeted Neshek with a single to right for a 2-1 lead, and Craig
Kimbrel worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning to lock down his ninth save of the season.
Lyons retired the first 10 batters he faced, but Upton broke that string and
got his team on the board with a one-out home run in the fourth to give the
Braves a 1-0 lead.
St. Louis had runners on base in each of the first four innings, and finally
pushed one across in the sixth.
Matt Carpenter drew a walk to start the inning and Yadier Molina moved him up
a base with a groundout. Holliday then punched a single to right to score
Carpenter and tie the game.
It was the longest losing streak for Atlanta since the team dropped eight
straight from May 21-28, 2012 ... St. Louis pitchers recorded 10 strikeouts to
just one walk ... Adam Wainwright takes the mound in the finale on Wednesday
for St. Louis, while Mike Minor will pitch for Atlanta.