Braves Lose Eighth Straight, Fall To Cardinals 8-2

ATLANTA, GA - MAY 28: Lance Lynn #31 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches to the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on May 28, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The losing streak now sits at eight. Tommy Hanson didn't make it out of the fourth inning, and Atlanta mustered only two runs against Lance Lynn and company in a 8-2 loss Monday afternoon.

Hanson got into trouble in both the first and second innings, but escaped from both unscathed. After two singles and a hit by pitch to load the bases with no outs in the first, Hanson coaxed a pop out and back-to-back strikeouts to get out of the jam.

In the second, Tyler Greene tripled to right with one out, but Hanson struck out Lynn and Rafael Furcal to escape again. However, St. Louis finally got to him in the top of the third. The Cardinals loaded the bases again on a single, walk, and another single with one out in the inning. A passed ball by McCann allowed Matt Holliday to come in and score to make it 1-0.

After tagging out Carlos Beltran for the second out after Yadier Molina missed a squeeze sign, Molina singled to center which scored Matt Adams to make it a 2-0 game. Daniel Descalso followed with the big blow, which was a two-run shot to right field. Descalso's homer upped the lead to 4-0.

In the fourth, St. Louis added on to its lead and chased Hanson in the process. Furcal homered to right field with one out, upping the advantage to 5-0. Hanson then walked Skip Schumaker, who advanced to second on an errant pick-off throw from Hanson. Another walk to Holliday signaled the end of the day for Hanson.

Kris Medlen entered, and allowed a run to score via an Adams single, but that was it.

Atlanta finally got on the board against Lynn in the bottom of the frame. Down 6-0, Dan Uggla singled and Jason Heyward doubled with two outs to put runners on second and third. Juan Francisco followed with a single to center, scoring both Uggla and Heyward to cut the deficit to 6-2.

In the sixth, Furcal and Schumaker started the frame with back-to-back singles. Medlen rallied to strikeout Holliday and Beltran. However, Adams prevented him from getting out of the inning unscathed by doubling into the right field corner, scoring both Furcal and Schumaker.

Lynn was dominant for the Cardinals. He pitched seven innings, giving up five hits, two runs (earned), walked one, and struck out eight.

That ended the scoring at 8-2, in favor of St. Louis. Atlanta is still winless on Monday's this season.

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