Lance Lynn lost for the eighth time in 12 starts as the Atlanta Braves jumped out to an early 3-0 lead and beat the Cardinals 5-2, who failed to sweep the team with the best record in the NL. However, the Cardinals did take three out of four and have won 10 of their last 14 games.

Jordan Schafer opened against Lynn for a triple to open the game, and former Royal Elliot Johnson singled him home. Atlanta got to Lynn again in the second with three singles and a double as the Braves built a quick 3-0 lead.

Mike Minor beat the Cardinals for the second time this season. The Cardinals finally scored in the sixth, when Matt Carpenter led off with a double, and advanced to third on Carlos Beltran’s fly ball to center field. Carpenter then scored on a groundout from Matt Holliday. The Cardinals tagged on one more in the eighth against Atlanta reliever Luis Avilan.