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Molina, Cardinals send Braves to sixth consecutive loss

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ST. LOUIS -- Yadier Molina is best known as the National League's Gold Glove-winning catcher the past two seasons. It was his bat that helped send the Atlanta Braves to their sixth straight loss.

Molina's RBI double snapped an eighth-inning tie after Colby Rasmus drew an intentional walk in the St. Louis Cardinals' 4-3 victory Monday night.

Molina is only 5 for 22 with runners in scoring position this season, but he capped a comeback against Tim Hudson and the Atlanta bullpen after St. Louis trailed 3-0.

Though slow-footed, Molina also got his 15th career stolen base ahead of pinch-hitter Bryan Anderson's tying double in the seventh.

"I love it," Molina said. "Every time something like that happens, it makes me happy. We showed we're going to play nine innings hard."

Troy Glaus had two hits and an RBI for the Braves, who have been outscored 23-9 during their skid. Glaus is a career .567 hitter (17 for 30) against the Cardinals, who allowed him to leave as a free agent after he missed virtually all of last season rehabbing from shoulder surgery.

Martin Prado was 1 for 5 and grounded out to end the game with a runner on first, dropping his average to .392.

"Right now, I don't feel like any kind of numbers matter," Prado said. "Now it's just like everything is going the wrong way for us. It stinks, but we've got to keep moving on."

Albert Pujols had three hits and an RBI for the Cardinals, who have won the opener in all but one of seven series. Pujols had a run-scoring groundout in the sixth and doubled off Takashi Saito (0-1) to open the eighth.

Dennys Reyes (2-0) worked around a pair of two-out walks in the eighth, getting Melky Cabrera to line out on a full count. Ryan Franklin finished for his seventh save in seven chances.

"They play the game right," Hudson said. "They take extra bases. They do the little things it takes to win."

Both starters allowed three runs in six innings. The Cardinals' Kyle Lohse finished strong, retiring his last seven batters, but Hudson stumbled late after taking a 2-0 lead into the sixth. He gave up more than two runs for the first time in four starts.

"I was proud to be able to hang in there and keep the team in it," Lohse said. "I gave up a lot of two-strike hits and I've got to do a better job of putting guys away."

Hudson allowed four singles, a walk and no runs through the first five innings, but four of his last six hitters reached safely.

"It seems like when you go through a little frustration, the little things get magnified a bit," he said.

Rasmus had two hits and an intentional walk after going 1 for 18 at home to open the season. He is 12 for 26 during a seven-game hitting streak after hitting his sixth homer to open the seventh.

Anderson, told after the game he had been optioned to Triple-A Memphis with backup catcher Jason LaRue (right hamstring) due to come off the 15-day disabled list, tied it at 3 with a double off Peter Moylan.

Pujols dawdled a bit on a drive off the wall in left-center in the first and paid for it when Cabrera, the left fielder, threw him out trying for second to end the first. The Cardinals opened the second with singles by Matt Holliday and Rasmus but Holliday was out trying to steal on a botched hit-and-run, with Molina throwing his bat in an effort to make contact with an outside pitch.

Hudson's infield hit, ending a 1-for-31 start at the plate by Braves pitchers, opened a two-run third. Hudson scored on Brian McCann's bases-loaded sacrifice fly and Glaus added a two-out RBI single.

Cabrera beat out an infield hit to open the fourth, barely beating third baseman David Freese's throw after a nice stab down the line, and scored when Nate McLouth doubled for his third RBI of the season.

Notes

  • Harry Statham, coach at nearby McKendree and the career men's college basketball victory leader with 1,022, threw out the first pitch.
  • Braves rookie Jason Heyward was 0 for 3 with a walk and is in a 1-for-17 slump.
  • Glaus is 5 for 12 against Lohse for a .417 average, the best of any active Braves player against the right-hander.
 
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Yadier Molina hurts the Braves with this tiebreaking RBI double in the eighth inning.  (AP)
Yadier Molina hurts the Braves with this tiebreaking RBI double in the eighth inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

A. Pujols
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
Atlanta

T. Glaus
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Atlanta Braves
Yunel Escobar, SS4010111 .191
Martin Prado, 2B-1B5110003 .392
Chipper Jones, 3B3000100 .255
Brian McCann, C3001010 .255
Troy Glaus, 1B3021100 .210
    Brooks Conrad, PR-2B0000000 .143
Jason Heyward, RF3000113 .234
Melky Cabrera, LF4120002 .175
Nate McLouth, CF3011002 .159
   a- Matt Diaz, PH1010000 .195
Tim Hudson, P2110000 .125
    Peter Moylan, P0000000 .000
    Takashi Saito, P0000000 .000
   b- Eric Hinske, PH1000001 .350
Totals3239343  
a-singled for McLouth in the 9th
b-grounded into a double play for Saito in the 9th
Batting
2B - Nate McLouth (2, Lohse)
SF - Brian McCann (2)
SH - Tim Hudson (1)
RBI - Brian McCann (8), Troy Glaus (9), Nate McLouth (3)
2-OUT RBI - Troy Glaus (7)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Melky Cabrera 1
DP - Escobar-Prado-Glaus
Atlanta Braves
Tim Hudson 6633341 3.28
Peter Moylan (BS,1) 1100110 2.08
Takashi Saito (L,0-1) 1211110 3.38
IBB - Schumaker by Peter Moylan, Rasmus by Takashi Saito
WP - Tim Hudson (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Hudson 94-53, Peter Moylan 22-11, Takashi Saito 21-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Hudson 8-3, Peter Moylan 1-1, Takashi Saito 1-1
Batters Faced - Tim Hudson 24, Peter Moylan 5, Takashi Saito 6
St. Louis Cardinals
Skip Schumaker, 2B2100200 .214
Ryan Ludwick, RF4010002 .292
Albert Pujols, 1B4131000 .325
Matt Holliday, LF4010003 .297
Colby Rasmus, CF3121111 .315
Yadier Molina, C2111201 .250
David Freese, 3B4000013 .278
Brendan Ryan, SS4000033 .158
Kyle Lohse, P1000000 .250
   a- Jon Jay, PH1000010 .000
    Kyle McClellan, P0000000 .000
   b- Bryan Anderson, PH1011000 .286
    Dennys Reyes, P0000000 .000
    Ryan Franklin, P0000000 .000
Totals3049456  
a-struck out for Lohse in the 6th
b-doubled for McClellan in the 7th
Batting
2B - Albert Pujols (5, Saito), Yadier Molina (2, Saito), Bryan Anderson (1, Moylan)
HR - Colby Rasmus (6, Hudson)
RBI - Albert Pujols (18), Colby Rasmus (11), Yadier Molina (11), Bryan Anderson (1)
2-OUT RBI - Bryan Anderson (1)
SB - Yadier Molina (2, 2nd base off Moylan/McCann)
CS - Matt Holliday (1, 3rd base by Hudson/McCann)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Freese-Pujols, Freese-Schumaker-Pujols
St. Louis Cardinals
Kyle Lohse 6733220 6.55
Kyle McClellan 1000010 3.68
Dennys Reyes (W,2-0) 1000200 0.00
Ryan Franklin (S,7) 1200000 3.60
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Lohse 108-67, Kyle McClellan 12-8, Dennys Reyes 24-12, Ryan Franklin 16-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Lohse 4-11, Kyle McClellan 2-0, Dennys Reyes 2-1, Ryan Franklin 2-0
Batters Faced - Kyle Lohse 26, Kyle McClellan 3, Dennys Reyes 5, Ryan Franklin 4
Game Information
Attendance - 35257
Game Time - 2:57
Temperature - 54
Umpires - Home - Jerry Meals, First Base - Mark Wegner, Second Base - Dan Iassogna, Third Base - Dale Scott