Cardinals vs. Braves score: Atlanta errors run St. Louis lead to 6-2

The Atlanta Braves' third crucial error in seven innings pushed the St. Louis Cardinals' lead to 6-2 in the National League Wild Card play-in game, when shortstop Andrelton Simmons threw home on a Pete Kozma blooper and sent the baseball sailing over David Ross. That allowed Adron Chambers—running for David Freese—to score. David Freese got on base when Dan Uggla made the Braves' second crucial throwing error of the night.

And the Cardinals' scoring started in the fourth inning, when Kris Medlen was betrayed by a particularly ugly Chipper Jones throwing error that turned a 5-4-3 double play into first-and-third with nobody out. That's four of the Cardinals' five runs—Matt Holliday hit a solo home run—directly attributable to errors.

And then there was a fifth. Matt Carpenter hit a squibber to pitcher Jonny Venters, who tried to swipe-tag Carpenter at first. But while he was swinging and missing at Carpenter, the pinch hitter, Kozma, the Cardinals' September hero, was rounding third, making a mini-mad-dash for the Cardinals' sixth run. The Cardinals have Kyle Lohse to thank for the pitching, but they have the Braves' defense to thank for most of their offense.

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