MLB: Bourjos Ends Slump in Cardinals Victory
Atlanta entered Monday night’s matchup hoping to end its six-game losing streak, but instead added another loss to its record in a 4-3 loss against the Cardinals. St. Luis was looking for a win after having two dropped series, and hope to earn another win Tuesday night to snap the inability to win consecutive games.
It was a slow game up until the fifth inning, St. Luis being the first team to cross the plate. Peter Bourjos started his success with a single to center, ending his 0-for-19 slump. Matt Carpenter would soon approach the plate and double on a ground ball to center, giving the Cardinals its first two runs. He was later the next to score putting St. Luis ahead 3-0 at the end of the fifth.
Allen Craig and Johnny Peralta put themselves on base with singles, and Bourjos scored Craig to give the Cardinals a 4-0 lead. The Braves started to make a comeback in the sixth but it would not prove to be enough. Evan Gattis singled to right to score Justin Upton and a sacrifice fly would later score Freddie Freeman.
The Braves put itself one run behind St. Luis in the seventh after a Ramiro Pena home run. Atlanta rallied in the bottom of the ninth with a runner in scoring position, but its efforts would come up short as Trevor Rosenthal earned the save.
Atlanta put plenty of runners on base at the beginning of innings, but they were never able to capitalize on the six of first seven innings that put batters on base. There were also three out of the first five innings that resulted in runners being stranded on second in scoring position.
The Braves’ losing run reaches seven games putting itself at 17-14 on the season. The Cardinals advance to 17-16.