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Braves’ winning streak ends with 9-1 loss to Cardinals

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Adam Wainwright held Atlanta’s offense in check.

MLB: Game One-St. Louis Cardinals at Atlanta Braves Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

After outscoring the St. Louis Cardinals 13-1 in the first two games of the series, the Atlanta Braves’ offense ground to a halt in a 9-1 loss in Game 1 of Sunday’s doubleheader.

Bryse Wilson made his Major League start since May 22 but quickly found himself in trouble. Tommy Edman greeted him with a lead off single and stole second to put himself in scoring position with one out. Wilson got Paul Goldschmidt to fly out deep to center but was unable to escape as Nolan Arenado followed with a two-run homer to left to stake the Cardinals to an early lead.

Wilson retired St. Louis in order in the second. He gave up a couple of singles in the third but left them stranded. He wasn’t as fortunate in the fourth as Tyler O’Neil led off the inning with a double to left and then came around to score on a single by Yadier Molina to extend the lead to 3-0.

The Braves plated their only run of the game in unusual fashion in the bottom half of the frame. Freddie Freeman led off the inning with a single to extend his hitting streak to nine straight. Freeman advanced all the way to third on a single by Ozzie Albies. Adam Wainwright then struck out Abraham Almonte as Albies stole second. Yadier Molina threw down on the play and Freeman trotted home with Atlanta’s first run of the day.

Wainwright recovered and struck out Austin Riley and then got Dansby Swanson to ground out to end the inning.

The Cardinals went back to work against Wilson in the fifth. Edman led off the inning with a single and then advanced to third on a double by Dylan Carlson. That would be the end of the afternoon for Wilson who was replaced by Josh Tomlin. Unfortunately for the Braves, Tomlin didn’t provide much relief as Goldschmidt launched a three-run homer to right center on the first pitch he saw to extend the lead to 6-1. Arenado followed with a double but Tomlin was able to get out of the inning with no further damage.

Wilson’s final line wasn’t great as he allowed eight hits over four innings and was charged with five runs. He struck out four and didn’t walk anyone.

If you are going to pitch yourself into trouble, then walking the pitcher is a good way to start. Sean Newcomb took over on the mound in the sixth and quickly disposed of Paul DeJong before issuing a free pass to Wainwright on five pitches. Things unraveled quickly from there as Tommy Edman followed with a swinging bunt single before Newcomb walked Carlson to load the bases. Goldschmidt followed with a single to left that scored Wainwright to make it 7-1. Newcomb then walked Arenado to force home Carlson to extend the deficit to 8-1. O’Neil followed with a sacrifice fly to right to bring to score Carlson to add another run.

A tough outing for Newcomb who allowed two hits, three walks and three runs in just one inning. He threw 25 pitches with only 11 landing in the strike zone.

Wainwright was the story in this game as he once again returned to Atlanta to torment the Braves. Wainwright dominated from the start as he went the distance while allowing three hits, three walks and one run over seven innings while striking out a season-high 11.

Ronald Acuña Jr. went 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts in the game snapping his consecutive games streak of reaching base at 26 games.

The second game will be featured on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball and is scheduled to get underway at approximately 7:08 p.m. ET.