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Braves sweep Cardinals

May 13, 2012 - 11:38 PM St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Jason Heyward hit a three-run double to help the Atlanta Braves complete a three-game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals with a 7-4 win at Busch Stadium.

Freddie Freeman doubled twice and knocked in a run for Atlanta, which has won seven of its last nine games.

"Two outs was the story today, two-out base hits," said Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez. Atlanta scored all seven of its runs with two outs.

Tommy Hanson (4-3) gave up a solo home run to St. Louis' Carlos Beltran among five hits in five-plus innings. He walked three and recorded a season-high nine strikeouts.

Lance Lynn (6-1) surrendered the Heyward double, one of four hits Atlanta mustered off the St. Louis right-hander. Lynn walked three and struck out seven while throwing 121 pitches over six full frames

"I'd say [Lynn] had to fight pretty hard today," said Cardinals manager Mike Matheny. "I thought he showed a lot by going out there and pitching as deep as he did."

Allen Craig clubbed a three-run homer with two gone in the ninth for the Cardinals, who had won four in a row before this series.

The Braves loaded the bases in the third and Heyward cleared them with his fourth two-bagger of the season. The three runs scored were the most Lynn had allowed in a game this year -- six total in 38 2/3 innings heading into Sunday.

Beltran went deep to lead off the sixth and Hanson was removed after Craig and a returning Lance Berkman followed with back-to-back singles. Berkman was activated from the 15-day disabled list prior to the game after missing nearly a month with a left calf strain.

Chad Durbin relieved Hanson and retired the only batter he faced. Eric O'Flaherty took over on the mound for Atlanta and struck out pinch-hitter Matt Holliday before giving up a single to Tony Cruz that loaded the bases. However, the left-hander struck out pinch-hitter Tyler Greene to preserve the 3-1 lead that grew in the seventh.

Atlanta tacked on three runs against Victor Marte, as Martin Prado slapped an RBI single and Dan Uggla followed Freeman's run-scoring double with one of his own.

Michael Bourn added an RBI single in the eighth for Atlanta.

Game Notes

The Braves were 5-for-20 with runners in scoring position...The last time the Cardinals were swept at home by the Braves was September 11-13, 2009...St. Louis shortstop Rafael Furcal went 3-for-3 with a walk and now has a 12-game hitting streak...To make room for Berkman, the Cardinals optioned outfielder Shane Robinson to Triple-A Memphis.








  • ATLANTA: 7
    ST. LOUIS: 4
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    May 13 5:49 PM


  • Allen Craig two-out, three-run Home Run (5) to left scored Matt Carpenter and Carlos Beltran. Lance Berkman due up.

    Braves 7, Cardinals 4  Bot 9, 2 OutsMay 13 5:45 PM


  • Michael Bourn singled to center scoring David Ross with two out. On the play, Chipper Jones advances to second. Runners on first and second and Martin Prado due up.

    Braves 7, Cardinals 1  Top 8, 2 OutsMay 13 5:23 PM


  • Dan Uggla doubled to right scoring Freddie Freeman with two out. Runner on second and Jason Heyward due up.

    Braves 6, Cardinals 1  Top 7, 2 OutsMay 13 4:58 PM


  • Freddie Freeman doubled to right scoring Martin Prado with two out. Runner on second and Dan Uggla due up.

    Braves 5, Cardinals 1  Top 7, 2 OutsMay 13 4:55 PM


  • Martin Prado singled to left scoring Tyler Pastornicky with two out. Runner on first and Freddie Freeman due up.

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  • Carlos Beltran lead-off Home Run (13) to right. Allen Craig due up.

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    Braves 3, Cardinals 0  Bot 5, 2 OutsMay 13 4:10 PM


  • Jason Heyward doubled to right scoring Martin Prado, Freddie Freeman and Dan Uggla with two out. Runner on second and Juan Francisco due up.

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    Braves 0, Cardinals 0  Bot 1, 0 OutsMay 13 2:36 PM


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