The Cardinals weren't especially efficient with their bats. But they were plenty prolific as they beat the Braves 8-2 in Atlanta.
The Birds had the bases loaded with one out in the first and couldn't score. Then they had first and third with one out in the second only to be blanked again.
Finally in the third inning the Cardinals broke through. They loaded the bases when Matt Holliday singled, Carlos Beltran walked and Matt Adams singled. Holliday scored on a passed ball to make the score 1-0 in favor of St. Louis. But it looked like the inning would leave a lot to be desired when Beltran was caught in what seemed to be a busted squeeze play. Yadier Molina singled home a run, however, with two out. Then Daniel Descalso homered to right to put the Cards up 4-0.
St. Louis stretched the lead in the fourth when Rafael Furcal hit a solo homer and then Adams singled Skip Schumaker home to make the score 6-0.
Starting pitcher Lance Lynn cruised with the exception of the bottom of the fourth when he got the first two outs easily and then induced an easy ground ball to the spot where the second baseman usually would be standing. Unfortunately, manager Mike Matheny employed a shift and the second sacker was actually standing right behind the bag in short centerfield.
When Lynn watched the ball bounce through the hole, television cameras caught him voicing his displeasure with the strategy when he shouted "What the (very bad word censored) was that?!?"
Lynn lost his cool for a few minutes and the Braves added a double and a single to the fluke hit to score a pair and make the game 6-2. The three fourth inning safeties represented the majority of the damage Atlanta could do to Lynn. He allowed only five hits and a walk in seven innings of work.
Marc Rzepczynski and Eduardo Sanchez finished the balance of the hurling without event. Adams gave the Birds some cushion in the sixth when he doubled home Furcal and Schumaker. The rookie raised his batting average to .382 with his 3-for-5 day with three batted in.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Lynn
Cardinals Play of the Game: Descalso's home run broke open the game. If he wouldn't have hit it, the Birds might not have been able to break Atlanta and put the game away.
Lowlight: Carlos Beltran was 0-for-3 in the game and stranded seven runners on base. He has two hits in his last 16 at bats. He did, however, have two walks on the day.