The Atlanta Braves lost their 7th straight game last night when they were defeated by the St. Louis Cardinals by a final score of 4-3. The losing streak started when Atlanta was swept by the Miami Marlins and San Francisco Giants before losing to St. Louis to make it 7 straight losses. The Braves, who still have a record of 17-14, are half a game back of the Washington Nationals for 1st place in the National League East.
Aaron Harang, who started the game for Atlanta, was great through 4 innings, not allowing a run. But in the top of the 5th inning things turned ugly for the Braves: Cardinals outfielder Peter Borjos hit a lead-off single which was followed by a very costly error by Andrelton Simmons, who is charged with his 2nd error of the year. The error allowed 2 un-earned runs to score in the inning. Harang pitched 6 innings, allowing 4 runs though only 2 of them earned on 9 hits and 1 walk; he recorded 6 strikeouts. Harang is charged with his 3rd loss of the year.
Starting the game for the Cardinals and earning his 4th win of the season was Shelby Miller. In the 5 innings he worked, he allowed 2 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks, while striking out 5 Braves.
The Braves were down 4-0 going into the bottom of the 6th innings; they rallied to score 3 runs, 2 in the 6th and 1 in the 7th inning. B.J. Upton and Evan Gattis drove in the 2 6th inning runs before Ramiro Pena, who started the game at 2nd base, hit his 2nd home run of the year in the 7th. The Atlanta bullpen combined to work 3 scoreless innings, but after Pena’s homer the St. Louis bullpen held the Braves scoreless. Atlanta was terrible hitting with Runner’s In Scoring Position (RISP), getting just 1 hit in 12 opportunities. The Cardinals scored 3 of their runs in the 5th inning and 1 in the 6th. They got RBI’s from Matt Carpenter, Peter Bourjos, and Matt Holliday. Picking up his 9th save of the season for St. Louis was Trevor Rosenthal, who despite giving up a hit and walk worked a scoreless 9th inning.
The Braves send Gavin Floyd, who will be making season debut to the mound tonight (Tuesday) at 7:10 EST to try end their losing streak. Tyler Lyons (0-2, 4.20 ERA) will start the game for the Cardinals.
By Chris Castle