Baseball / Sports

Atlanta Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell, left, and players met with pitcher Mike Minor, center, who loaded the bases during the fourth inning on Wednesday, May 7, 2014, in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/MCT)

Cardinals turn back the Braves

ATLANTA -- Adam Wainwright batted .211 last year, which probably is a little higher than he's supposed to hit. He's a pitcher.

Peter Bourjos was batting .154 before the Cardinals got to Turner Field this week. He's an outfielder and that is not a good average -- one that Wainwright might even disdain.

Together, that twosome batted .625 on Wednesday night as the Cardinals snatched the decisive game of a three-game series from the Atlanta Braves, 7-1.

Bourjos, who had eight hits for the Cardinals in the first five weeks of the season, had five in two starts here this week against the Braves.

After hitting his first Cardinals homer in the second, the former Los Angeles Angels outfielder singled and scored in the fourth and drove in a run in the fifth.

Wainwright, meanwhile, had two hits, raising his average to .400 and scored two runs as he raised his won-lost mark to 6-2. The former Atlanta chattel, who had to navigate five doubles in the first six innings, beat his home-state Braves for the eighth time in 10 decisions.

The Cardinals' righthander walked just one in his eight-inning stint (103 pitches) and received defensive support from third baseman Matt Carpenter, who made two good plays on slowly-hit balls in the second inning and shortstop Jhonny Peralta, who made a sprawling stop to his left to end the eighth.

Carpenter also had three hits, scored two runs and drove in another and Peralta extended his hitting streak to six games with a fifth-inning double.

Matt Holliday, likewise, had three hits and hiked his batting average with men in scoring position to .444 as he knocked in three runs.

Wainwright's victory, his 105th, tied him with Mort Cooper for ninth place on the Cardinals' rolls.

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