The Cardinals used a late-game surge to top the Braves in the series opener in St. Louis by a score of 4-3. St. Louis trailed 3-0 after five innings before scoring four runs from the sixth to the eighth inning. Yadier Molina was the hero with an RBI double in the eighth to give the Cardinals their first and only lead of the game. Ryan Franklin headed to the mound and got the final three outs to complete the strong finish.
Albert Pujols, who got the comeback started with an RBI groundout in the sixth, had three hits for St. Louis. Colby Rasmus kept it going in the seventh with a homer and Bryan Anderson ties things up with a double. Molina put the exclamation point on the comeback win, which resulted in Atlanta’s sixth straight loss.
Former Cardinal Troy Glaus had two hits and an RBI in his return and was one of the lone bright spots in a disapponting loss.
Kyle Lohse was decent on the mound, allowing three runs over six innings of work. He still has plenty of room for improvement at this point in the year, but he kept the Cards within reach and gave his lineup the chance to win the game.