St. Louis at Atlanta

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Cardinals 6, Braves 3

CBS wire reports

ATLANTA -- It's tough to beat the St. Louis Cardinals on the Fourth of July.

Juan Encarnacion hit a two-run homer and the Cardinals ended a seven-game road losing streak, beating Atlanta 6-3 on Tuesday night in a game delayed almost three hours by rain and lightning.

The Cardinals have not lost on July 4 since 1999. The last time the Cardinals had such a long road losing streak, they ended an eight-game skid with a win on July 4, 2001.

Jim Edmonds, who was 2-for-3 with two doubles, said he wasn't aware of the team's streak on the Fourth of July.

"Maybe we'll win again on the Fifth," he said.

Play was halted with one out in the top of the sixth inning and the Cardinals leading 5-2. Fans were told minutes before play resumed that the scheduled postgame fireworks had been postponed until after Wednesday night's game.

The announcement drew loud boos from the estimated 10,000 fans who waited through a 2:52 rain delay in the top of the sixth. Paid attendance was 47,514, a sellout.

Braves spokesman Brad Hainje said the team's permit for fireworks expired at midnight and the team was unable to obtain a new permit.

With Cincinnati's 5-2 loss to Milwaukee on Tuesday, the Cardinals increased their lead in the NL Central to two games.

The Cardinals won on the road for the first time since June 15 at Pittsburgh. They had lost 10 of 12 road games, their worst stretch since losing 10 of 11 from Aug. 18-30, 1999.

Overall, the Cardinals had lost 11 of 13 before winning the second game of the three-game series.

"We've still got to keep playing, only play better," said Chris Carpenter (7-4), who earned his first win in four career starts against the Braves. "We haven't been playing the type of baseball we expect to play."

The Braves had been the only team Carpenter had faced and not beaten.

Carpenter gave up a homer to leadoff batter Marcus Giles in the first inning. The only other run he allowed came in the second inning, when Jeff Francoeur managed to score from second as Adam LaRoche became involved in a rundown between first and second on Ryan Langerhans' grounder to second.

Carpenter gave up four hits and two runs in five innings. He walked one, had two strikeouts and did not return after the long rain delay.

"It was unfortunate, because I felt I was struggling a little early on and I felt I was getting in a groove," he said.

Jason Isringhausen recorded the final four outs for his 25th save in 31 opportunities.

Braves starter John Thomson (2-7) returned from the disabled list. Though recovered from the blister on his right middle finger that caused him to be placed on the DL on June 15, he gave up seven hits and five runs in 3 2/3 innings. He walked three and had one strikeout.

"I'd rather have better results, but I'm glad to be back out there," Thomson said. "Something so small, to keep me out for 2½ weeks is just real frustrating."

Thomson acknowledged he was "a little bit rusty" but said he hadn't thought of taking a rehab assignment.

"It just never dawned on me," he said.

The Cardinals loaded the bases in the first inning on walks to David Eckstein and Albert Pujols and a single by Chris Duncan before Thomson recorded an out. Scott Rolen hit into a double play scoring a run, and Edmonds followed with his first double.

Yadier Molina led off the second with a double and scored on Aaron Miles' single for a 3-1 lead. Encarnacion's 11th homer in the third drove in Edmonds for a 5-2 lead.

Following the delay, a sacrifice fly by pinch-hitter John Rodriguez drove in Yadier Molina, who reached on a double.

Adam Wainwright pitched two scoreless innings for St. Louis following the rain delay. Braden Looper gave up three straight singles in the eighth, including Andruw Jones' hit up the middle that drove in Edgar Renteria.


The Braves' streak of 22 innings without issuing a walk ended when Thomson walked Eckstein to lead off the first. ... Encarnacion hit his first homer since June 17.

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Players of the Game
St. Louis

J. Encarnacion
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
St. Louis

J. Edmonds
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0

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St. Louis Cardinals
David Eckstein, SS4100122 .314
Chris Duncan, LF3110101 .283
    Braden Looper, P0000000 .500
    Randy Flores, P0000000 .000
    Hector Luna, 2B1000010 .313
Albert Pujols, 1B3000112 .319
Scott Rolen, 3B4010000 .333
Jim Edmonds, CF3121101 .266
Juan Encarnacion, RF4112002 .282
Yadier Molina, C4220000 .223
Aaron Miles, 2B4021001 .265
    Jason Isringhausen, P0000000 .000
Chris Carpenter, P0000000 .074
   a- John Rodriguez, PH0001000 .295
    Adam Wainwright, P0000000 .333
    So Taguchi, LF1000000 .295
a-hit a sacrifice fly for Carpenter in the 6th
2B - Jim Edmonds 2 (11, Thomson, Thomson), Yadier Molina 2 (14, Thomson, Villarreal), Aaron Miles (13, Thomson)
HR - Juan Encarnacion (11, Thomson)
SF - John Rodriguez (3)
SH - Chris Carpenter 2 (5)
RBI - Jim Edmonds (41), Juan Encarnacion 2 (46), Aaron Miles (17), John Rodriguez (11)
2-OUT RBI - Jim Edmonds (14), Juan Encarnacion 2 (23)
Team LOB - 5
DP - Molina-Eckstein-Pujols, Eckstein-Pujols
St. Louis Cardinals
Chris Carpenter (W,7-4) 5422121 2.88
Adam Wainwright 2000230 2.74
Braden Looper 0.1311010 4.29
Randy Flores (H,13) 0.1000000 4.32
Jason Isringhausen (S,25) 1.1000010 3.75
HBP - McCann (by Chris Carpenter)
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Carpenter 74-41, Adam Wainwright 41-21, Braden Looper 17-11, Randy Flores 3-1, Jason Isringhausen 11-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Carpenter 8-3, Adam Wainwright 1-2, Jason Isringhausen 1-2
Batters Faced - Chris Carpenter 19, Adam Wainwright 8, Braden Looper 4, Randy Flores 1, Jason Isringhausen 4
Atlanta Braves
Marcus Giles, 2B4111010 .245
Edgar Renteria, SS2120200 .309
Wilson Betemit, 3B4010022 .275
Andruw Jones, CF4011012 .273
Brian McCann, C3000003 .351
Jeff Francoeur, RF4110003 .256
Adam LaRoche, 1B3010100 .251
Ryan Langerhans, LF4000031 .241
John Thomson, P1000001 .267
    Tyler Yates, P0000000 .000
   a- Scott Thorman, PH1000000 .167
    Oscar Villarreal, P0000000 .000
   b- Pete Orr, PH1000001 .216
    Kevin Barry, P0000000 .000
   c- Matt Diaz, PH1000000 .331
a-popped out for Yates in the 5th
b-grounded out for Villarreal in the 7th
c-fouled out for Barry in the 9th
2B - Edgar Renteria (17, Carpenter)
HR - Marcus Giles (7, Carpenter)
RBI - Marcus Giles (30), Andruw Jones (67)
CS - Edgar Renteria (3, 2nd base by Carpenter/Molina)
Team LOB - 6
DP - Renteria-Giles-LaRoche, Betemit-Giles-LaRoche
Atlanta Braves
John Thomson (L,2-7) 3.2755311 5.05
Tyler Yates 1.1000100 3.68
Oscar Villarreal 2211010 4.05
Kevin Barry 2000020 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - John Thomson 71-40, Tyler Yates 17-9, Oscar Villarreal 28-17, Kevin Barry 22-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Thomson 5-4, Tyler Yates 1-2, Oscar Villarreal 3-2, Kevin Barry 2-2
Batters Faced - John Thomson 20, Tyler Yates 4, Oscar Villarreal 8, Kevin Barry 6
Game Information
Attendance - 47514
Game Time - 2:43
Temperature - 90
Umpires - Home - Jim Reynolds, First Base - Tim Welke, Second Base - Kerwin Danley, Third Base - Chris Guccione