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Atlanta (10-9) «00202053x12143

Braves 12, Cardinals 3

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - Julio Teheran took another step into winning the fifth spot in the Atlanta Braves' rotation, extending the St. Louis Cardinals' offensive woes.

Teheran struck out six in five hitless innings and lowered his ERA to 1.29 on Tuesday in the Braves' 12-3 victory.

"He's been great," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said of the 22-year-old right-hander. "He's matured. He's polished himself up a little bit and he's looking good."

St. Louis went 29 consecutive innings without a run before scoring three times in the seventh against reliever Luis Avilan.

Teheran has allowed four hits in 14 innings over four starts and has 18 strikeouts and four walks. Of his 64 pitches against the Cardinals, 44 were strikes.

"Julio's got some weapons," Gonzalez said. "The more he goes out there the more he's impressing me with his changeup and a two-seamer that comes back on the lefties."

Teheran struggled last spring training when given a chance to win a rotation spot and then went 7-9 with a 5.08 ERA at Triple-A Gwinnett.

"He's up to three, maybe 3 1-2 pitches now," Gonzalez said. "I wouldn't have called him more than a one-pitch pitcher last year."

Still, Gonzalez wasn't prepared to announce a decision on his fifth starter.

He's too young for me to say that," the manager said.

St. Louis starter Jake Westbrook struggled with his control, and relievers Edward Mujica and Jason Motte allowed eight runs in the seventh and eighth innings.

Mujica gave up five runs and six hits - four for extra bases - in the seventh as his ERA ballooned to 15.00. The three runs off Motte in the eighth were unearned.

Evan Gattis had doubles off both Mujica and Motte, driving in three runs. Freddie Freeman was 2 for 2 and drove in two runs.

Westbrook allowed two runs, three hits, three walks and a hit batter in four innings.

"The movement is there, I've just got to get the ball in the zone," said Westbrook, who won 13 games last year before an oblique strain Sept. 8 ended his season. "It's only my third start. I'll hone it in."

Justin Christian had two of the Cardinals' seven hits and drove in two runs with a triple. The Braves had 14 hits, including six doubles and a triple. Ernesto Mejia was 2 for 2 with two RBIs.

NOTES: Cardinals manager Mike Matheny, who had back surgery Monday in St. Louis for a bulging disk, may be able to rejoin the team for Thursday's game with the Braves in Jupiter. The Cardinals are off on Wednesday. ... The Braves made 10 cuts, with seven of the players non-roster spring invitees LHP Yohan Flande, LHP Ryan Buchter and RHP Gus Schlosser, C Louis De La Cruz, C Braeden Schlehuber and C Jose Yepez, and 3B Joe Leonard. Optioned to the minors were RHPs Cory Rasmus (Triple-A), Juan Jaime (Double-A) and Aaron Northcraff (Double-A). ... The Cardinals optioned RHP Kevin Siegrist to Triple-A and returned LHP Barret Browning and C Cody Stanley to the minor league complex.

 
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Players of the Game
St. Louis

J. Christian
AB 2
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Atlanta

E. Mejia
AB 2
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Adron Chambers, LF4010010 .282
    Charlie Tilson, LF1000001 .000
Daniel Descalso, 2B4010001 .314
    Rob Johnson, C0000000 .200
Allen Craig, 1B3000022 .333
    Kolten Wong, 2B0000100 .316
Ty Wigginton, 3B3000011 .125
    Ryan Jackson, 3B1000011 .105
Oscar Taveras, CF4110000 .282
Tony Cruz, C3111011 .304
    Matt Adams, 1B1000001 .323
Ronny Cedeno, SS1110200 .240
    Greg Garcia, SS1000000 .154
Stephen Piscotty, RF2000003 .000
   a- Justin Christian, PH-RF2022000 .267
Jake Westbrook, P2000021 .000
    Tyler Lyons, P0000000 .000
    Fernando Salas, P0000000 .000
   b- J.R. Towles, PH1000001 .375
    Edward Mujica, P0000000 .000
    Jason Motte, P0000000 .000
   c- Cody Stanley, PH1000001 .250
Totals3437338  
a-tripled for Piscotty in the 7th
b-grounded out for Salas in the 7th
c-flied out for Motte in the 9th
Batting
2B - Oscar Taveras (4, Avilan)
3B - Justin Christian (1, Avilan)
RBI - Tony Cruz (5), Justin Christian 2 (4)
SB - Justin Christian (1, 3rd base off Schlosser/Gattis)
CS - Adron Chambers (1, Home by O'Flaherty/Laird)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Cedeno-Descalso-Craig
E - Matt Adams (1, Misplayed grounder), Greg Garcia (1, Throwing), Oscar Taveras (1, Misplayed grounder)
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jake Westbrook (L,2-1) 4322310 4.50
Tyler Lyons 1322120 4.00
Fernando Salas 1000020 2.25
Edward Mujica 1655000 15.00
Jason Motte 1230100 7.50
HBP - Uggla (by Jake Westbrook)
WP - Tyler Lyons (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jake Westbrook 30-16, Tyler Lyons 15-10, Fernando Salas 7-7, Edward Mujica 9-9, Jason Motte 12-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Westbrook 6-4, Fernando Salas 1-0, Edward Mujica 2-1, Jason Motte 2-3
Batters Faced - Jake Westbrook 18, Tyler Lyons 7, Fernando Salas 3, Edward Mujica 9, Jason Motte 8
Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ramiro Pena, SS2110100 .364
    Elmer Reyes, PR-SS2100011 .000
Jason Heyward, RF2110000 .235
    Todd Cunningham, RF-CF2310100 .276
    Gus Schlosser, P0000000 .000
Justin Upton, LF1000102 .257
    Jordan Parraz, LF3010002 .200
    David Rohm, LF0000000 .000
Freddie Freeman, 1B2022000 .333
    Ernesto Mejia, 1B2222000 .346
B.J. Upton, CF2011002 .410
    Jordan Schafer, CF2111012 .263
    Sean Kazmar, 2B1100000 .000
Dan Uggla, 2B2000003 .211
    Tyler Pastornicky, 2B1110000 .417
    Ryan Buchter, P0000000 .000
   a- Matthew Lipka, PH-CF0000100 .000
Chris Johnson, 3B3000013 .314
    Eric O'Flaherty, P0000000 .000
    Evan Gattis, C2123000 .464
Gerald Laird, C2000120 .077
    Luis Avilan, P0000000 .000
   b- Joe Terdoslavich, PH-RF2012002 .452
Julio Teheran, P2000001 .000
    Blake DeWitt, 3B3000003 .207
    Luis Nunez, 3B0000000 .500
Totals3812141155  
a-walked for Buchter in the 8th
b-doubled for Avilan in the 7th
Batting
2B - Ramiro Pena (3, Lyons), Jason Heyward (1, Westbrook), Ernesto Mejia (3, Mujica), Evan Gattis 2 (5, Mujica, Motte), Joe Terdoslavich (3, Mujica)
3B - Todd Cunningham (1, Mujica)
SF - Freddie Freeman (1)
RBI - Freddie Freeman 2 (6), Ernesto Mejia 2 (4), B.J. Upton (7), Jordan Schafer (1), Evan Gattis 3 (10), Joe Terdoslavich 2 (8)
2-OUT RBI - B.J. Upton (5)
SB - Todd Cunningham (1, 2nd base off Motte/Johnson)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
E - Evan Gattis (1, Throwing), Eric O'Flaherty (1, Throwing), Dan Uggla (4, Misplayed grounder)
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Julio Teheran (W,1-1) 5000260 1.29
Eric O'Flaherty (H,1) 1200010 0.00
Luis Avilan (H,1) 1433000 3.68
Ryan Buchter (H,2) 1000110 4.50
Gus Schlosser 1100000 1.50
WP - Luis Avilan (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Julio Teheran 37-28, Eric O'Flaherty 7-6, Luis Avilan 8-7, Ryan Buchter 9-5, Gus Schlosser 5-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Julio Teheran 7-3, Luis Avilan 2-1, Ryan Buchter 2-0, Gus Schlosser 2-1
Batters Faced - Julio Teheran 18, Eric O'Flaherty 4, Luis Avilan 7, Ryan Buchter 4, Gus Schlosser 4
Game Information
Attendance - 7697
Game Time - 2:45
Temperature - 69
Umpires - Home - Laz Diaz, First Base - Jeff Gosney, Second Base - Jeff Nelson, Third Base - Larry Vanover