The Cardinals on Tuesday were almost able to overcome the performance of starting pitcher Jake Westbrook.
The St. Louis starter managed to somehow give up two long homeruns to the Braves' starting lineup which was without it's two best power hitters: Freddie Freeman and Chipper Jones. And in doing so he ended Atlanta's eight-game losing streak.
In the first Westbrook served up what is believed to be the longest home run Michael Bourn has ever hit. The shot was the 18th of Bourn's six-year career.
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Thanks to a walk and an infield single, Westbrook had two on and two out in the third -- with first base open -- and he served up a gopher ball to Dan Uggla to put Atlanta up 4-0.
The Cardinals cut their deficit to 4-2 in the top of the fifth when Yadier Molina collected one of his four hits on the day to drive in Matt Holliday and Tyler Greene grounded out to force in Carlos Beltran.
But Westbrook kicked some dirt on the Birds as they tried to climb out of their hole, walking Atlanta lead-off hitter Jose Constanza in the bottom of the fifth and moving him along to second with a wild pick-off throw to first base. The runner went to third on a long fly to centerfield and then scored when Westbrook threw a wild pitch. If not for his outfielder catching the sacrifice fly, Westbrook could have allowed the winning run completely without assistance.
The Cardinals rallied with a Molina solo homer in the sixth and scored another run on a Molina single in the eighth. But they couldn't overcome that last Westbrook run.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Molina was 4-for-4 with a run scored and three runs driven in.
Cardinals Play of the Game: Molina's homer.
Lowlight: In five innings pitched, Westbrook allowed five runs on five hits and three walks.