Cardinals win third straight over Braves

News-DemocratAugust 24, 2013 

— Matt Carpenter and Carlos Beltran homered and Matt Holliday had a two-run double Saturday night to lift Shelby Miller and the St. Louis Cardinals to a 6-2 victory over Atlanta.

How it went

Freddie Freeman hit his 16th homer in the top of the first inning, against Miller (12-8), to put the Braves ahead 1-0. Carpenter hit his 10th homer in the bottom of the first, against Julio Teheran (10-7), to tie it at 1. Beltran hit his 23rd homer in the third, also against Teheran, to make it 2-1. Shane Robinson singled as a pinch-hitter to start the seventh and went to third on Carpenter's single. David Carpenter relieved Teheran and got Beltran on a foulout to third, but Holliday followed with his double to right-center that made it 4-1. After Allen Craig singled, Molina singled to right-center to score Holliday to give the Cardinals their four-run lead. Beltran drove in the Cardinals' final run with an eighth-inning single.

By the numbers

Carpenter's only previous leadoff homer was April 26 vs. Pittsburgh. ... Miller allowed one run on three hits, with no walks and six strikeouts. ... Edward Mujica got one out for his 34th save.

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