Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Jason Heyward went 2-for-4 with a homer and
two RBI and Chris Johnson added three hits and three runs scored as the
Atlanta Braves downed the St. Louis Cardinals, 5-2, to complete a three-game
sweep at Turner Field.
Andrelton Simmons went 2-for-4 with an RBI and Joey Terdoslavich added an RBI
single for the Braves, who have gone 6-4 since the All-Star break to improve
Kris Medlen (7-10) gave up two runs on eight hits while striking out four
over six innings to snap a three-start losing streak. Craig Kimbrel needed
just eight pitches to notch his NL-best 31st save of the season.
Shelby Miller (10-7) was charged with three runs -- two earned -- on six hits
over 5 2/3 innings to absorb his first loss since June 28.
Miller also had two hits, including an RBI double, and Carlos Beltran drove in
a run for the Cardinals, who were swept for just the second time all season.
Atlanta took a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Johnson laced a two-out single
down the right-field line and made his way to third when the ball skipped past
Beltran in the corner. Simmons then cracked a base hit to center to score
Heyward smashed a leadoff homer in the third to put the Braves up 2-0.
The Cardinals tied the game in the fifth. Pete Kozma ripped a one-out double
to right then scored after Miller laced a double to the right-center gap to
put the Cards on the board. Beltran then dropped a base hit into shallow left
field to score Miller.
The Braves took the lead with a pair of runs in the sixth. Johnson and Simmons
reached on back-to-back two-out singles before Terdoslavich sent a grounder
through the hole on the left side to push Johnson across. Heyward followed
with an RBI single of his own to make it 4-2.
Atlanta tacked on one more in the eighth. Johnson doubled, and after Simmons
flew out, Reed Johnson bounced an infield single to the left side. Kozma fired
a dart to first but Allen Craig was unable to hold on to the throw and Chris
Johnson came around to score.
Chris Johnson, who has hit safely in six straight games, passed Cardinals
catcher Yadier Molina (.334) for the NL lead in batting average at .338 ...
Atlanta went 4-for-7 with runners in scoring position ... St. Louis was swept
by the Texas Rangers June 21-23 ... Game time: 2:58.
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