ST. LOUIS, MO - MAY 12: Starter Brandon Beachy #37 of the Atlanta Braves pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on May 12, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
After last night's stressful win, Atlanta jumped out to an early lead and beat St. Louis 7-2 on Saturday night.
The Braves loaded the bases in the first inning against St. Louis starter Adam Wainwright, and back-to-back bases loaded walks to Dan Uggla and Brian McCann scored the first two runs of the game. Atlanta was unable to break open the inning, but left with a 2-0 lead.
Atlanta added another run in the third, as Uggla doubled with one out in the inning. McCann followed with a bloop single to left that brought in Uggla to make it 3-0.
After not giving up a hit for the first three innings, Braves starter Brandon Beachy finally allowed a hit in the fourth inning.
In the fifth, Atlanta added to its lead. Two singles and a walk loaded the bases, and after a Jason Heyward strikeout, Tyler Pastornicky grounded to third base. Pastornicky beat the throw, and Uggla came in to score and made it a 4-0 Braves lead. Beachy then helped himself out by singling into right, upping the advantage to 5-0.
Beachy struggled for the first time in the sixth, allowing a single and two walks to load the bases for Allen Craig. Craig hit a sacrifice fly into deep left, which brought in Furcal from third to score. Beachy escaped the inning by coaxing a double play ball from David Freese. He left after the sixth inning with a 6-1 lead. Beachy finished with a line of 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 6 K.
Cristhian Martinez entered and pitched a scoreless ninth to close things out. Atlanta goes for the series sweep tomorrow afternoon.