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Six-run sixth carries Braves to much-needed win

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St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter (29) works in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game against he Atlanta Braves in Atlanta, on Friday, Sept. 10, 2010. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) By John Bazemore St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter (29) works in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game against he Atlanta Braves in Atlanta, on Friday, Sept. 10, 2010. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) By John Bazemore
Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Mike Minor (56) works in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals in Atlanta, on Friday, Sept. 10, 2010. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) By John Bazemore Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Mike Minor (56) works in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals in Atlanta, on Friday, Sept. 10, 2010. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) By John Bazemore

ATLANTA (AP) -- The Braves scored six runs in the sixth inning, sending 10 hitters to the plate and taking advantage of a dropped fly ball by right fielder Jon Jay to rally for a much-needed 8-5 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night.

Atlanta fell behind 4-1, giving up a two-run homer to Matt Holliday and a two more RBIs to a most unlikely hitter: pitcher Chris Carpenter, who had a run-scoring single and the second homer of his career batting in the eighth spot.

But Carpenter (15-6) couldn't back up his work at the plate. The Braves closed to 4-2 in the fourth on Brian McCann's run-scoring single, then knocked out the St. Louis starter in the sixth. Atlanta remained one game behind Philadelphia in the NL East.

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