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St. Louis at Atlanta

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St. Louis (15-7) «001040000591
Atlanta (10-11)012000000380

Cardinals 5, Braves 3

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ATLANTA -- Some of the St. Louis Cardinals' six hits in the fifth inning looked like ugly bloopers to the Atlanta Braves.

They looked like another victory to Adam Wainwright.

The right-hander (3-0) overcame five walks and drove in a run during the four-run fifth, and St. Louis beat the weak-hitting Braves 5-3 on Wednesday night.

The Cardinals trailed 3-1 before rallying with six singles in the fifth, including five to center field. Three of the five barely dropped over the reach of shortstop Yunel Escobar.

"I've seen a game like that, but not an inning," said Atlanta's Javier Vazquez, who struck out eight in eight innings but took the loss.

"I threw the ball good, but the box score is not pretty," Vazquez (2-2) said. "It's a disappointing game. I think when you have good stuff like I did today, you should win the game."

Wainwright, Albert Pujols, Chris Duncan and Rick Ankiel had RBI singles in the inning, the last three with two outs. Joe Thurston and Brian Barden opened the inning with singles.

"They had their seventh, eighth and ninth hitters up, and they all got bloopers," said Braves manager Bobby Cox, who said Vazquez "got blooped to death."

Cardinals manager Tony La Russa agreed that "a couple of those hits were bloopers."

"We were lucky to have a four-run rally," La Russa said.

Lucky or not, the Cardinals won two of three in the series against the Braves, who have scored three runs or fewer in 11 of 15 games after scoring at least four runs in each of their first six games.

The Cardinals are off to their best start since 2006, when they also were 15-7.

Wainwright has a 2.76 ERA but has issued 18 walks in 29 1/3 innings.

"His delivery was all over the place," La Russa said. "Then he got it together."

Wainwright, the Brunswick, Ga., native who began his career with the Braves, allowed seven hits and three runs -- two earned -- with five walks and two strikeouts in six innings.

"It's the same old story, I'm not getting the quick outs," said Wainwright, who said home plate umpire Jerry Layne's strike zone "got to me after a while."

But Wainwright didn't blame the walks on Layne.

"I was off-target all night," he said.

"I'm not pitching well. I'll pitch better."

Wainwright gave up three runs in the first three innings.

St. Louis, which blew a 1-0 lead in the eighth inning Tuesday night in a 2-1 loss to the Braves, protected the late lead in the final game of the series. With two outs and runners on first and second in the eighth, second baseman Skip Schumaker jumped to catch a soft liner by Omar Infante off closer Ryan Franklin.

Franklin recorded four outs for his seventh save.

Vazquez gave up nine hits and five runs with one walk in eight innings. He struck out eight -- his fourth consecutive start with at least eight strikeouts.

"He pitched great; I don't know if he can pitch any better," Cox said.

Infante had three hits, including a run-scoring single in the second.

Notes

Brendan Ryan left the game with tightness in his left hamstring. Ryan grabbed the back of his leg while running to first base on a grounder that rolled foul. La Russa said the team might have to make a roster move. "You have to have a shortstop," he said. ... Umpire Ed Montague was sick and missed the game. Chris Tiller, the fill-in umpire on the crew, was the third base umpire. ... Braves 2B Kelly Johnson, in a 4-for-39 slump that has dropped his batting average to .203, didn't start for the second successive day. ... The Braves said RHP Kenshin Kawakami has right shoulder fatigue, and his next start was pushed back three days to Tuesday.

 
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Players of the Game
Atlanta

O. Infante
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
St. Louis

A. Pujols
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
St. Louis Cardinals
Skip Schumaker, 2B4011012 .292
Colby Rasmus, RF-LF4000023 .259
Albert Pujols, 1B4121000 .329
Chris Duncan, LF3011101 .299
    Jason Motte, P0000000 .000
    Ryan Franklin, P0000000 .000
Rick Ankiel, CF4011022 .246
Yadier Molina, C4000002 .333
Joe Thurston, 3B4110010 .300
Brendan Ryan, SS1110000 .250
   a- Brian Barden, PH-SS3110010 .385
Adam Wainwright, P3111021 .200
    Dennys Reyes, P0000000 .000
    Chris Perez, P0000000 .000
    Ryan Ludwick, RF1000010 .306
Totals35595110  
a-singled for Ryan in the 5th
Batting
2B - Brendan Ryan (3, Vazquez)
RBI - Skip Schumaker (9), Albert Pujols (26), Chris Duncan (14), Rick Ankiel (9), Adam Wainwright (1)
2-OUT RBI - Skip Schumaker (4), Albert Pujols (2), Chris Duncan (6), Rick Ankiel (4)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Barden-Schumaker-Pujols
E - Colby Rasmus (2, Misplayed grounder)
St. Louis Cardinals
Adam Wainwright (W,3-0) 6732520 2.76
Dennys Reyes (H,3) 0.2000010 2.57
Chris Perez (H,2) 0.1000010 2.84
Jason Motte (H,5) 0.2000200 4.50
Ryan Franklin (S,7) 1.1100000 0.00
WP - Adam Wainwright (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Adam Wainwright 110-65, Dennys Reyes 5-4, Chris Perez 4-3, Jason Motte 17-7, Ryan Franklin 12-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Adam Wainwright 7-8, Jason Motte 2-0, Ryan Franklin 2-2
Batters Faced - Adam Wainwright 29, Dennys Reyes 2, Chris Perez 1, Jason Motte 4, Ryan Franklin 5
Atlanta Braves
Omar Infante, 2B5031012 .350
Yunel Escobar, SS5000003 .274
Chipper Jones, 3B5010001 .322
Casey Kotchman, 1B4120111 .303
Jeff Francoeur, RF5120013 .277
Matt Diaz, LF3000103 .216
Jordan Schafer, CF1000300 .273
David Ross, C3100114 .321
Javier Vazquez, P3000002 .000
   a- Greg Norton, PH0000100 .067
    Rafael Soriano, P0000000 .000
Totals3438174  
a-walked for Vazquez in the 8th
Batting
2B - Casey Kotchman (9, Wainwright)
RBI - Omar Infante (4)
2-OUT RBI - Omar Infante (3)
SB - Jordan Schafer (1, 2nd base off Wainwright/Molina)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jeff Francoeur 1
Atlanta Braves
Javier Vazquez (L,2-2) 8955180 3.38
Rafael Soriano 1000020 0.90
Pitches-Strikes - Javier Vazquez 99-71, Rafael Soriano 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Javier Vazquez 5-10
Batters Faced - Javier Vazquez 33, Rafael Soriano 3
Game Information
Attendance - 19127
Game Time - 2:49
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Jerry Layne, First Base - Tony Randazzo, Second Base - Chris Guccione, Third Base - Chris Tiller