Carpenter – who delivered a two-run double in the fifth inning –
joined Jhonny Peralta and Peter Bourjos with two hits. Miller (4-2)
gave up two runs on six hits and three relievers bridged the gap to
Trevor Rosenthal, who wiggled out of a jam in the ninth for his
Ramiro Pena went 2-for-4 with a solo homer for struggling Atlanta,
which also got two hits apiece from Freddie Freeman and Evan Gattis.
Aaron Harang (3-3) allowed four runs – two earned – on nine hits
with six strikeouts in six innings.
Bourjos singled and Mark Ellis reached on shortstop Andrelton
Simmons’ error to start the fifth, and Carpenter’s double to center
snapped a scoreless tie. Matt Holliday’s RBI single to left with two
outs made it 3-0, and Bourjos plated Allen Craig in the sixth with a
base hit to right-center.
Atlanta halved the deficit in the bottom half on Gattis’ RBI single
to right and B.J. Upton’s sacrifice fly. Pena hit his second homer
of the season in the seventh, a one-out shot to left-center off
Kevin Siegrist, but the Braves stranded two baserunners in the ninth
when Rosenthal struck out Justin Upton to end the contest.
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GAME NOTEBOOK: Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez, looking to jump-start
his offense, batted Harang eighth and Pena – who started for
struggling 2B Dan Uggla, in the ninth spot. … Cardinals C Yadier
Molina extended his hitting streak to seven games with a
third-inning single. … Freeman snapped a 4-for-32 skid with his two
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