National League Game Summary - St. Louis at Atlanta|
(Wednesday, May 30th)
Final Score: Atlanta 10, St. Louis 7
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Brian McCann went 2-for-4 with a home run and
four RBI to lead the Braves over the Cardinals, 10-7, in the rubber match of a
The newly-spectacled Freddie Freeman homered and drove in three, while Jose
Constanza went 3-for-4, knocked in a run and scored the go-ahead tally in the
Braves' three-run sixth inning.
Atlanta totaled 20 runs during an eight-game losing streak before breaking out
for 15 in the final two games of the series.
"Everyone is going to go through a stretch like that during the season. ...
But we bounced back like a winning team does," Freeman said.
Matt Holliday and Tyler Greene each had two RBI in St. Louis' fifth loss in
The Braves staked Tim Hudson to a 5-0 lead, but Atlanta's starter faltered in
the sixth, allowing four runs.
Holliday, who roped an RBI single in the fourth, added another run-scoring
base hit in St. Louis' big inning. With the bases loaded and two outs, Greene
stroked a two-run single to left that plated a pair and chased Hudson.
Daniel Descalso greeted Jonny Venters (3-2) with an RBI single to center and
the game was suddenly tied, 5-5.
Marc Rzepczynski (0-3), though, couldn't tame the suddenly hot Atlanta bats in
the home sixth. Constanza led off with an infield single, took second on a
wild pitch and scored when Jack Wilson poked a double down the right-field
A pair of groundouts, a walk and a wild pitch resulted in runners on second
and third and two outs for McCann, who bounced one through the shift and into
left field to knock in Michael Bourn and Martin Prado for an 8-5 cushion.
"It was one of those innings," Rzepczynski said. "I felt like I threw the ball
well, but results-wise it didn't turn out my way."
St. Louis didn't go quietly, plating a pair of runs off Eric O'Flaherty in the
eighth on Shane Robinson's sacrifice fly and Carlos Beltran's pinch-hit single
off O'Flaherty's cleat.
After O'Flaherty struck out Rafael Furcal to strand a pair, the Braves got the
runs back on Dan Uggla's sac fly and Freeman's two-out RBI single.
Craig Kimbrel hurled a scoreless ninth to secure his 15th save of the season.
Freeman had missed four straight games due to corneal abrasions created by the
contact lenses he was wearing. The 22-year-old slugger wasted little time
showing his new goggles worked effectively, as he blasted a home run off Kyle
Lohse to straightaway center field in his first at-bat.
The Braves went ahead earlier in the first when McCann's fly ball carried over
the right-field fence for a two-run blast. The hosts tacked on two more in the
Freeman appeared to make the final out of the frame when he hit a high fly to
shallow left field. But Holliday, playing no-doubles defense, was too far back
to make a play on the ball, which fell between the left fielder and Furcal.
Uggla, who reached on a two-out single, never stopped running on the play and
scored all the way from first.
Jason Heyward extended the inning with a walk, and Constanza plated Freeman
with a base hit to right.
All 10 of St. Louis' hits were singles...Hudson gave up five runs on six hits
in 5 2/3 innings, while Lohse was pulled after yielding five runs on nine hits
over five frames...Cardinals third baseman David Freese was held out of the
starting lineup for a third straight game Wednesday against the Braves because
of a wrist injury...Atlanta won the season series, 5-1...After the game, the
Braves optioned shortstop Tyler Pastornicky to Triple-A Gwinnett.
05/31 00:30:01 ET