For five innings last night, the St. Louis Cardinals were in control and in the lead over the Atlanta Braves. That would all change in the sixth inning, as the Braves would send 10 men to the plate and score six runs on their way to an 8-6 win over the Cardinals.
Cards starter Chris Carpenter, for a while last night, was beating the Braves with his arm and also with his bat. He would drive in one run with a single in the second, and would hit a home run in the fourth. Matt Holliday would also had to the hit count with a two run home run.
Despite the big inning from the Braves, the Cardinals would not give up as they would score two more runs. One would come off a wild pitch while another would come from a hit by Holliday.
The loss drops St. Louis to six games out of first in the NL Central. That is after the Reds beat the Pirates last night in extra innings. The loss also drops the Cardinals farther back in the Wild Card chase. They now trail the Braves by six and a half games.
Game three of the four game series will be this afternoon at Turner Field. Jake Westbrook will get the start this afternoon for St. Louis. The Braves will send Tommy Hanson to the mound.
Game time will be at 3:10 today.