And that should just about do it...
The Cardinals lost their second of three games in Atlanta by a 6-3 score. It was a series they had to win -- if not sweep -- to be legitimate playoff contenders. The setback, coupled with another Reds win over the Pirates, puts the Birds seven games out in the National League Central with three weeks to play.
Twice the Redbirds fought back after falling behind. But they weren't able to get over the hump and lost in the 12th innings.
Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols doubles Saturday against Atlanta. AP photo.
In 12 frames, the Cardinals could manage only seven hits. Atlanta had 11.
Jake Westbrook started for St. Louis and was very shaky. He walked five in the first three innings, including walking in a run in the first. But he finished six innings and allowed only two runs. He didn't figure in the decision.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Brendan Ryan had two hits, twice as many as any other St. Louis hitter could manage. His 2-for-5 day raised his batting average to .224.
Cardinals Play of the Game: Down 2-0 in the sixth, Albert Pujols hit a two-run double to tie the game.
Lowlight: The loss speaks for itself.