August 20, 2014

Cardinals tied for first after win over Braves

St. Louis Cardinals Matt Carpenter (R) slaps hands with Allen Craig after crossing home plate on a two RBI double by Matt Holliday in the seventh inning against the Atlanta Braves at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on August 24, 2013.   UPI/Bill Greenblatt

St. Louis Cardinals Matt Carpenter (R) slaps hands with Allen Craig after crossing home plate on a two RBI double by Matt Holliday in the seventh inning. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Shelby Miller picked up his 12th win of the season, going seven innings of three-hit ball and with the help from Matt Carpenter and Carlos Beltran, who each homered, the Cardinals beat the Atlanta Braves for the third straight game, in a 6-2 final.

Miller worked more than six innings for the first time in 13 starts and performed well under the pressure of holding a one-run lead.

The Cardinals blew the game open with three in the seventh on an RBI double from Holliday and RBI singles from Beltran and Yadier Molina. Holliday and Beltran each finished with two RBIs.

The Cardinals slide back into a first-place tie with Pittsburgh, who lost 6-3 at San Francisco.