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Braves bash Cardinals, end seven-game winning streak

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ST. LOUIS -- The only thing missing on another huge night for the Atlanta Braves' offense was an extra-base hit from Chipper Jones.

Brian McCann hit a grand slam and leadoff man Wilson Betemit was 4-for-6 with a homer and five RBI in a 15-3 victory Monday night that snapped the St. Louis Cardinals' seven-game winning streak.

Jones had to settle for a share of the major league record for extra-base hits in 14 consecutive games, settling for three singles and two RBI.

He shares the record set by Pittsburgh's Paul Waner in 1927. The Braves third baseman has a 17-game hitting streak, and during his run he had eight doubles, a triple and seven homers.

"I knew it was going to come to an end at some point, but at least I got my name up there," Jones said. "I'd like to have it to myself, but I'm not going to be disappointed with a 15-run outburst."

Manager Bobby Cox knew Jones was tied for the record, although he believed it was a different Hall of Famer.

"His name will always be there with Tris Speaker and that's good enough for me," Cox said.

Adam LaRoche was 4-for-4 with a homer and three RBI, Jeff Francoeur had three hits and reliever Jorge Sosa homered for the Braves, who have won a season-high six straight and scored in double figures the last four games, totaling 51 runs in that span.

"It's pretty amazing," starter Horacio Ramirez said. "I hope this keeps going until October."

A five-run third highlighted by McCann's first career grand slam removed suspense from the end of the Cardinals' season-best winning streak and Jeff Weaver's attempt at a fresh start with his new team.

A season-high 20 hits helped Ramirez (5-3) bounce back from the worst outing of his career with five solid innings, the only damage coming on Jim Edmonds' 12th homer in the fourth. He gave up one run and two hits, after lasting only one inning and giving up seven runs to Cincinnati on July 7.

Pitching in 96-degree heat at game time, he was removed for precautionary reasons due to fatigue in his right hamstring after warming up for the sixth. He was on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring for nearly two months after being injured in his first start.

"It's a concern because it's nagging, but I don't think it'll keep me out," Ramirez said. "It was real hot out there and the first two or three innings were real tough."

The Cardinals entered the game with a major-league best 1.29 ERA since the break, allowing six runs in a four-game sweep over the Los Angeles Dodgers. But Weaver, picked up for a minor leaguer after going 3-10 with a 6.29 ERA with the Los Angeles Angels, lasted four innings, giving up six runs and eight hits.

"It's not what you had in mind, that's for sure," Weaver (0-1) said. "But I obviously wasn't as sharp as I would have liked to have been.

"I think bullpen sessions are fine, but once you get out there and compete your intensity level raises a little bit."

Pitching for the first time since June 27, Weaver trailed 1-0 before McCann's grand slam on a 3-2 count.

Betemit hit his eighth homer in the fourth, had a two-run single in the fifth off Randy Flores and a two-run double off Josh Hancock in the sixth that made it 13-1. Francoeur tripled, singled twice and scored three runs, and LaRoche had three hits, a sacrifice fly and two RBIs.

Jones is 37-for-69 (.536) with seven homers and 22 RBI during his hitting streak, which includes 13 multihit games. He walked on a full count in the first, and had singles in the fourth, fifth and ninth. He flied out in the third and lined out to the warning track in center in the seventh on a nice running catch by Jim Edmonds, Jones' lone bid for extra bases.

"To be honest with you, I really only had one chance, and a good center fielder ran it down," Jones said. "Jimmy ran it down."

Albert Pujols had an RBI double in the sixth off Sosa. Cox paid a testy visit to the mound after So Taguchi and Pujols doubled to start the sixth, apparently telling his reliever to bear down.

"Oh, I don't know," Cox said. "It just didn't look like he was loose to me."

Notes

  • Paid attendance of 44,507 put the Cardinals, who have sold out all 48 home games, over 2 million in the first season at new Busch Stadium.
  • The lone positive for Weaver was his 1,000th career strikeout against Edgar Renteria in the fourth.
  • LaRoche is 8-for-11 against the Cardinals this season.
  • Before the game, Weaver had been 4-0 with a 3.19 ERA against the Braves.
  • The Cardinals' bullpen had thrown 20 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings before giving up a run in the ninth Sunday, then gave up nine in five innings on Monday.
  • Sosa is 3-for-20, all homers, after connecting against Josh Kinney in the eighth.
  • The Braves tied their season high for runs, set Friday against the Padres.
 
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Atlanta's Wilson Betemit drives in five RBI and clubs his eighth home run of the season.  (AP)
Atlanta's Wilson Betemit drives in five RBI and clubs his eighth home run of the season. (AP)

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Atlanta

W. Betemit
AB 6
R 3
H 4
HR 1
RBI 5
Atlanta

A. LaRoche
AB 4
R 3
H 4
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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Atlanta Braves
Wilson Betemit, 2B-SS6345000 .298
Edgar Renteria, SS4110111 .320
    Pete Orr, 2B1000010 .208
Chipper Jones, 3B5031102 .333
Andruw Jones, CF4100114 .272
    Ryan Langerhans, CF1000001 .245
Brian McCann, C5124020 .348
    Todd Pratt, C0000000 .189
Jeff Francoeur, RF5330001 .265
Adam LaRoche, 1B4343000 .270
Scott Thorman, LF2000001 .250
   a- Matt Diaz, PH-LF3221000 .326
Horacio Ramirez, P4000016 .167
    Jorge Sosa, P1111000 .150
    Peter Moylan, P0000000 .000
Totals451520153616 
a-doubled for Thorman in the 5th
Batting
2B - Wilson Betemit (14, Hancock), Adam LaRoche (23, Hancock), Matt Diaz (7, Flores)
3B - Jeff Francoeur (4, Weaver)
HR - Wilson Betemit (8, Weaver), Brian McCann (9, Weaver), Adam LaRoche (16, Kinney), Jorge Sosa (3, Kinney)
SF - Adam LaRoche (3)
RBI - Wilson Betemit 5 (26), Chipper Jones (58), Brian McCann 4 (40), Adam LaRoche 3 (51), Matt Diaz (15), Jorge Sosa (3)
2-OUT RBI - Wilson Betemit 4 (15), Chipper Jones (14), Jorge Sosa (1)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Ramirez-Betemit-LaRoche
E - Wilson Betemit (7, Wild throw)
Atlanta Braves
Horacio Ramirez (W,5-3) 5211301 4.39
Jorge Sosa 3422220 5.61
Peter Moylan 1100000 8.10
Pitches-Strikes - Horacio Ramirez 76-41, Jorge Sosa 53-30, Peter Moylan 8-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Horacio Ramirez 7-7, Jorge Sosa 4-3, Peter Moylan 3-1
Batters Faced - Horacio Ramirez 19, Jorge Sosa 15, Peter Moylan 5
St. Louis Cardinals
David Eckstein, SS2000101 .311
    Josh Hancock, P0000000 .000
    Chris Duncan, 1B-RF2011000 .324
So Taguchi, LF-CF5110013 .284
Albert Pujols, 1B3011002 .329
    John Rodriguez, RF-LF1000102 .306
Scott Rolen, 3B2000101 .329
   a- Gary Bennett, PH-C1000001 .227
Juan Encarnacion, RF3000003 .272
    Josh Kinney, P0000000 .000
   b- Aaron Miles, PH-2B1010000 .263
Jim Edmonds, CF3111011 .259
   c- Jason Marquis, PH1000002 .196
    Jason Isringhausen, P0000000 .000
Yadier Molina, C-1B4000002 .223
Hector Luna, 2B-SS3110100 .299
Jeff Weaver, P0000100 .250
    Randy Flores, P0000000 .000
   d- Scott Spiezio, PH-2B^3B3010002 .281
Totals343735220 
a-hit into fielder's choice for Rolen in the 8th
b-singled for Kinney in the 8th
c-flied out for Edmonds in the 8th
d-grounded into a double play for Flores in the 5th
Batting
2B - Chris Duncan (4, Sosa), So Taguchi (13, Sosa), Albert Pujols (15, Sosa)
HR - Jim Edmonds (12, Ramirez)
RBI - Chris Duncan (12), Albert Pujols (83), Jim Edmonds (51)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Duncan (3), Jim Edmonds (20)
SB - David Eckstein (7, 2nd base off Ramirez/McCann)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Miles-Luna-Molina
St. Louis Cardinals
Jeff Weaver (L,3-11) 4866212 6.60
Randy Flores 1544110 5.33
Josh Hancock 1433010 3.67
Josh Kinney 2222022 6.75
Jason Isringhausen 1100010 3.19
WP - Randy Flores (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Weaver 88-55, Randy Flores 28-15, Josh Hancock 33-18, Josh Kinney 30-21, Jason Isringhausen 13-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Weaver 4-7, Randy Flores 2-0, Josh Hancock 1-1, Josh Kinney 2-2, Jason Isringhausen 1-0
Batters Faced - Jeff Weaver 22, Randy Flores 9, Josh Hancock 7, Josh Kinney 8, Jason Isringhausen 3
Game Information
Attendance - 44507
Game Time - 3:12
Temperature - 96
Umpires - Home - Jim Wolf, First Base - Joe West, Second Base - Ed Rapuano, Third Base - Tony Randazzo