The Atlanta Braves got out to a 5-0 lead through three innings, and though the St. Louis Cardinals mounted a valient effort to close the gap, the Braves were able to hang on to earn a 10-7 victory in the series rubber match. The teams combined for 24 hits (14 for Atlanta) on the night. The win moves the Braves to 28-24, while the Cards continue to struggled, falling to 27-24.
Brian McCann and Freddie Freeman each homered in the first inning to get Atlanta out to the early lead.The Cards would tie the score at 5-5 with a four-run inning in the top of the sixth, but Atlanta would answer back with three runs in the bottom of the frame to regain the lead for good.
Cards starter Kyle Lohse was roughed up for nine hits and five earned runs in five innings. Matt Holiday and Tyler Greene each drove in two runs in the loss for St. Louis. McCann powered Atlanta with four RBI. Craig Kimball picked up his 15th save of the season for the Braves.