Jim Edmonds hit two home runs and the Cardinals pounded the best team in the National League, beating the Braves, 12-5. After a rain delay of more than two hours at the start, Edmonds wasted little time jumping on Andy Ashby, with a two-run homer in the first. The Cardinals blew open a 3-1 game with 3 runs in the 6th, 1 in the 7th and 4 more in the 8th, when the Braves committed three errors. Pat Hentgen was solid, allowing just 1 run in six innings, to improve to 13-9. Edgar Renteria and Ray Lankford also homered.Lankford had three hits, scored three runs and drove in two. Edmonds drove in four The Braves scored four unearned runs against reliever Gene Stechschulte in the ninth.