The Braves fell to the Cardinals yet again at Busch Stadium this afternoon for their seventh straight loss. Similarly to last night, the Braves fell behind and just couldn't quite claw their way back. This afternoon's 6-3 loss falls on Tim Hudson and moved the Cardinals to just 4.5 games back in the wild card race.
The Braves' loss was facilitated by a five run Cardinals third inning. Hudson allowed the rally behind two hit batsmen, two walks, and two hits in the inning. The second of those two hits was a liner into the right field corner off the bat of Yadier Molina and cleared the bases for the Cards. The Braves proceeded to spoil a big opportunity in the next half inning. With the bases loaded and one out, Eric Hinske struck out and David Ross hit a fly ball that Lance Berkman handled to end the threat.
St. Louis tacked on another insurance run in the fifth when Matt Holliday singled up the middle, just out of the diving reach of Jack Wilson and Dan Uggla, scoring Jon Jay. The Braves were able to score a couple of runs when Jack Wilson's and Chipper's singles to lead off the inning resulted in runs with the help of a Freddie Freeman base hit and a Matt Diaz sac fly. Chipper hit a solo homer just out of the reach of Lance Berkman in the eighth, but the three runs were all the Braves could muster, as they fell 6-3.