National League Game Summary - Atlanta at St. Louis|
(Sunday, August 25th)
Final Score: Atlanta 5, St. Louis 2
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Mike Minor threw seven innings of one-run
ball and Andrelton Simmons hit a solo home run to help the Atlanta Braves
salvage their series against the St. Louis Cardinals by taking the finale of
the four-game set, 5-2, Sunday at Busch Stadium.
Minor (13-5) scattered six hits and a walk and threw 65 of his 97 pitches for
strikes in another efficient start for the Braves, who had lost five of seven
games coming in but still hold a comfortable lead atop the NL East.
Jordan Schafer filled the box score with a double, a triple, a run scored and
an RBI, and Elliot Johnson went 2-for-4 with an RBI in the victory.
"We didn't want to get swept," Schafer said. "It was a big win for us."
Allen Craig recorded three hits and drove in a run for the Cardinals, whose
starter, Lance Lynn (13-8), was touched for four runs on nine hits over seven
Schafer legged out a triple to open the game and scored on Johnson's base hit
to right field past a diving Matt Carpenter.
The Braves tacked on two in the second on opposite-field hits from Paul Janish
and Schafer, the latter hitting a ball down the left-field line that bounced
over the wall for a ground-rule double.
Lynn settled down from there, but served up a solo home run to Simmons in the
seventh after Matt Holliday's RBI groundout put the Cardinals on the board the
Gerald Laird's sacrifice fly in the eighth gave the Braves a 5-1 lead, and the
Cardinals got their first and only hit with a runner in scoring position in
the bottom half when Holliday doubled and scored on Craig's two-out single to
Craig Kimbrel entered from the bullpen and stranded Craig on first, then set
down the side in order in the ninth to post his 41st save.
"It was still a good series for us," Craig said.
Minor is 4-0 over his last six starts ... Lynn fell to 8-3 at home this year
... Kimbrel extended his club record with his 31st straight save conversion
... Atlanta won the season series, 4-3.
08/25 19:55:03 ET