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"The bottom line is seven runs should win a lot of games," said Cardinals manager Mike Matheny. "We're not doing what we need to do to give us a chance. Some adjustments have to be made."
Atlanta led 5-0 before the Cardinals managed their first hit.
McCann hit a two-run homer in the first. One out later, Freeman cleared the center-field wall off Kyle Lohse.
With two outs in the third and Uggla on first base following his single, Freeman hit a high pop fly into the wind, blowing in from left field.
Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday sprinted toward the infield but couldn't catch up as the wind blew the ball away from the outfield, dropping in shallow left field for a double that scored Uggla.
Constanza added a run-scoring single.
Rafael Furcal led off the fourth with a single for the Cardinals' first hit. Holliday drove in Furcal with a one-out single.
Tyler Green's two-run, bases-loaded single was the big hit in the Cardinals' four-run sixth off Hudson. Holliday and Daniel Descalso also had RBI singles.
Hudson gave up five runs on six hits in 5 2-3 innings.
"I'm not happy with my outcome personally," Hudson said.
"It seems like the last couple of games every baserunner I've had has scored."
Lohse allowed five runs on nine hits in five innings.
Right fielder Skip Schumaker left the game after the sixth inning with tightness in his right hamstring.
NOTES: Matheny said RHP Jaime Garcia returned to St. Louis Tuesday for an MRI on his right elbow early Wednesday. Matheny said the MRI was clear, but Garcia's scheduled start Friday at the Mets will be skipped. Matheny said Garcia, who had right elbow ligament-replacement surgery in 2008, said the elbow "just felt different." ... 3B David Freese, who did not start for the third straight game due to a sore right wrist, popped out as a pinch-hitter in the seventh and remained in the game. ... Each team is off on Thursday. The Braves open a three-game series at Washington on Friday with LHP Mike Minor perhaps pitching to save his spot in the rotation. The Cardinals open a four-game series at the Mets on Friday with RHP Adam Wainwright facing Johan Santana.
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