Game Report: Braves 6, Cardinals 3

By Rob Rains


The list of pitchers who have defeated the Cardinals after their 42nd birthday in recent years is pretty short. But a new name was added on Sunday.

R.A. Dickey scattered seven hits over seven innings, not allowing a run until his final inning, as the Braves got the win at Busch Stadium to snap the Cardinals’ eight-game winning streak.

In the last 20 years, the pitchers who have defeated the Cardinals after turning 42 are Bartolo Colon last year, Randy Johnson – at 45 the oldest , Jamie Moyer (twice), David Wells, Roger Clemens (twice) and now Dickey.

The Braves scored four runs off Cardinals’ starter Michael Wacha, including a two-run homer by Brandon Phillips, and built a 5-0 lead en route to their first win over the Cardinals in six games this season.

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate: After being limited to five singles by Dickey in the first six innings, the Cardinals finally scored in the seventh on a triple by Kolten Wong and a single by Carson Kelly … Dickey turned the game over to the bullpen in the eighth and the Cardinals quickly mounted a challenge. Paul DeJong hit his team-leading 18th homer, followed by consecutive singles from Jose Martinez, Randal Grichuk and Kolten Wong to produce another run. Kelly was hit by a pitch to load the bases, but the rally died there as Greg Garcia took a called third strike and pinch-hitter Yadier Molina grounded out … DeJong had two singles before his homer, and raised his average to .297.

On the mound: Wacha lost for only the second time since May 30, having gone 7-1 with four no-decisions over that stretch. He gave up three hits, a walk and a sacrifice fly in the fourth before getting out of a bases-loaded jam and then allowed the homer to Phillips in the fifth … The Braves added a run off Sam Tuivailala in the seventh and off John Brebbia in the ninth. Brett Cecil worked a 1-2-3 eighth inning.

Key stat: The Cardinals were attempting to sweep a season series against the Braves for the first time in franchise history. They also were 5-1 against the Braves in 2011 and went 11-1 against the Braves in 1977.

Worth noting: Jedd Gyorko hopes to be able to play Tuesday night when the Cardinals are in Boston. He has missed the last two games with a sore right knee, which he said has bothered him for a while. The only time Gyorko has played at Fenway Park was for the Cape Cod League All-Star game when he played in that summer collegiate league … DeJong’s 18 homers tie him for fifth on the all-time franchise list for homers by a rookie with Ken Boyer and Joe Medwick, one behind Johnn Mize for fourth place.

Looking ahead: After Monday’s day off, the Cardinals will be in Boston for games on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Cardinals have played two regular-season series in Fenway Park, going 2-1 in 2003 and also going 2-1 in 2008. Molina is the only player on the current roster who played in that series. The Cardinals lost both games against the Red Sox at Busch Stadium in May … Mike Leake will start Tuesday night against Rick Porcello.

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