(BaseballStL) — It took four innings, but the Cardinals finally got to Atlanta starter Aaron Harang. It began in an unlikely way, with a single from Peter Bourjos.
The Cardinal center fielder was hitless in his previous 19 plate appearances, seeing 11 games come and go without a successful swing of the bat.
He began the fifth with a single into center, breaking his streak and bringing up Mark Ellis. Ellis tapped a ball to short, which Andrelton Simmons booted. Despite what looked like an obvious error, the ball would initially be scored a hit. After the inning concluded it was changed back to an error for Simmons, his second of the year.
Official scoring aside, Shelby Miller sacrifice bunted both runners up a station, setting up Matt Carpenter for the chance to drive in the go-ahead runs.
Carpenter rose to the occasion, doubling both runners home with a shot to center field.
Matt Holliday added to the total, slashing a ball into left to score Carpenter and give the Cardinals a 3-0 advantage heading into Shelby Miller’s fifth inning.
Miller would post his fifth scoreless frame and the Cardinals would add to his cusion the next inning.
After back-to-back singles from Allen Craig and Jhonny Peralta, Bourjos would add to his day with an RBI single of his own. Monday now marks his third multi-hit game of the year, and his third RBI of the season.
Despite a pop out and strike out to follow, st. louis would load the bases when Carpenter walked. All three runners would get stranded when Yadier Molina's shot off the leg of Aaron Harang would bounce right to third baseman Chris Johnson, who stepped on the bag to barely beat a sliding Bourjos for the third out.
The Braves would answer in the sixth, turning a leadoff walk and a single into a run after a ball skipped past Matt Adams for a run. Pat Neshek would come on for Miller, getting BJ Upton to fly out to left in one pitch.
The ball would score another run, when Freddie Freeman tagged to make the game 4-2. Neshek would escape without further damage, striking out Simmons to preserve the lead.
Ramiro Pena would pull Atlanta to within one in the seventh, homering off Kevin Siegrist.
Despite putting two on in the ninth, the Braves would fall short, as Justin Upton took a called third down the middle to end the game and put the Cardinals above .500.