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Friday, May 16th
(All times Eastern)
Atlanta Braves (22-17) at St. Louis Cardinals (21-20), 8:15 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Atlanta - Ervin Santana (4-0, 1.99)
St. Louis - Lance Lynn (4-2, 3.83)
(SportsNetwork.com) - Ervin Santana puts his unblemished record on the line
Friday when the Atlanta Braves begin a three-game series with the St. Louis
Cardinals at Busch Stadium.
Santana showed no ill effects from the thumb injury that caused him to miss a
turn earlier this month on Saturday against the Chicago Cubs, as he scattered
five hits and struck out seven over seven scoreless innings to improve to a
perfect 4-0 on the year, while lowering his ERA to 1.99. He also had to endure
a rain delay that lasted an hour and seven minutes.
"Santana was terrific, better than terrific, really, when you throw in an
hour-plus rain delay," Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "We were about
five, 10 minutes from shutting him down. It was that long. He did a terrific
Santana has split his two starts against the Cards with a 4.73 ERA.
Atlanta enters this series on the heels of dropping two of three to the San
Francisco Giants, including a 10-4 setback on Wednesday. Chris Johnson went 2-
for-3 with two RBI and a run scored in the loss for the Braves, who had won
three in a row before that series.
Julio Teheran (2-3) got the start for Atlanta and gave up five runs -- four
earned -- on seven hits with five walks over 3 1/3 innings.
"He just had a tough time gripping the ball," Gonzalez said of Teheran. "I
don't know if it was just a lack of humidity or he just couldn't get a good
grip on it. He tried to battle through it and just couldn't get it done."
St. Louis, meanwhile, has won three of four after taking two of three from the
Chicago Cubs. The Cardinals won Thursday's rubber match, as Michael Wacha
earned his first win in more than a month in a 5-3 triumph.
Wacha (3-3), who also hit a two-run single, struck out five and surrendered
two runs on seven hits over seven innings for the Cardinals, who are in the
midst of a nine-game homestand. Trevor Rosenthal tossed 1 2/3 scoreless
innings to earn his 11th save of the season.
"I was able to pound the strike zone down in the zone and it was pretty
effective," Wacha said.
Getting the call for the Cardinals on Friday will be righty Lance Lynn, who is
4-2 with a 3.83 ERA. Lynn, though, is winless in his last four starts and was
defeated by Pittsburgh his last time out, as he surrendered four runs and nine
hits in six innings.
All four of his runs came in the fourth inning of that one.
"That's a tough inning," Lynn said following the game. "You give up four runs
with only one ball leaving the infield in the air. I thought I made some good
pitches to get out of the inning, and it just didn't work out. That happens.
There are going to be some games where I throw the ball right down the middle
three straight times and I get three straight outs. Tonight it just didn't
happen when I made my pitch."
Lynn is 1-2 in three starts versus the Braves with a 4.05 ERA.
St. Louis took two of three from the Braves earlier this season. The Cards
have also won 10 of their last 14 at home against Atlanta.
05/16 10:55:05 ET