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Coverage of today's Cards and Braves game can be heard on Newstalk 97.3 WTIM beginning at 12:40pm.

St.  Louis,  MO (SportsNetwork.com) -  Allen Craig  went 3-for-4 with two runs 
scored and an RBI to help the St. Louis Cardinals hand Ervin Santana his first 
loss of the season with a 5-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Friday. 

St. Louis knocked Santana (4-1) around for five runs on 10 hits over the first 
five frames en route to the club's third consecutive win. 

Lance  Lynn (5-2) battled through seven innings despite taking a liner off his 
left heel in the second frame. He allowed just two runs on seven hits. 

"We  have  a really  talented team," Craig  said. "We swung  the bats well and 
Lance did a great job out there." 

Santana had given up just six runs over his first six starts but yielded three 
in the fifth inning alone in the opener of this three-game set. 

"He's  allowed a  tough start,"  Braves third  baseman Chris  Johnson said  of 
Santana, "He's been so good for us." 

Matt  Holliday doubled in  Matt Carpenter to break a 2-2 tie, Craig singled in 
Kolten Wong and Holliday raced in on Yadier Molina's sacrifice fly to left. 

Carlos  Martinez threw  a perfect  four-pitch eighth  inning behind  Lynn, and 
Trevor  Rosenthal retired  the side in order  in the ninth to pick up his 12th 
save and send Atlanta to its third loss in four games. 

Tyler  Pastornicky gave the Braves an early 1-0 lead with an RBI single in the 
second,  but the Cardinals answered in the home half when Craig and Molina led 
off  with singles and B.J. Upton misplayed Matt Adams' deep fly ball to center 
into an RBI double. 

The  teams traded  runs again  in the  fourth as  Johnson scored  on Andrelton 
Simmons' double-play ball and Craig scored on Santana's wild pitch. 

                                   Game Notes 

The  Braves  were 14-0 when  scoring first before  dropping their last two ... 
Santana's  ERA  rose from 1.99 to  2.76 ... Cardinals manager Mike Matheny and 
center  fielder Peter  Bourjos were  both ejected  by home  plate umpire  Sean 
Barber  for arguing balls  and strikes at the end of the fourth inning ... St. 
Louis took two of three from the Braves earlier this year. 

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