The Cardinals had their chances but couldn’t take advantage of them in a 2-1 loss to the Braves Sunday. St. Louis had ten hits and stranded 13 runners in their second straight loss.

Atlanta took a 2-0 lead in the sixth inning when Rafael Furcal hit a two-run double off starter Jeff Suppan. The Cardinals responded with a one-run double from Jim Edmonds in the seventh inning to score Larry Walker. The ball hit the top of the wall, about a foot short of being a game-tying home run. Scott Rolen then walked, but John Mabry grounded out ending the inning.

Suppan allowed two runs off four hits over seven innings but didn’t get the win and dropped to 2-3. The win went to John Smoltz who lasted 6 2/3’s.