In time for Mother's Day, Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Brandon Beachy shut down the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday with his mom and family in attendance. Beachy went six innings in the 7-2 win, giving up only two runs to a Cardinals offense that had scored 37 runs over their last five games.
Beachy put together his sixth consecutive quality start to boost his record to 4-1 with a 1.60 ERA. He has not allowed more than two runs in a start this year.
Beachy did walk four batters, but he struck out six and did not allow a hit until an Allen Craig single in the bottom of the fourth. An error resulted in a runner at second, but Beachy struck out Yadier Molina to end the frame.
The Cardinals' best chance to get back in the game came in the sixth when they loaded the bases with no outs. Their only run off Beachy came when Craig hit a sacrifice fly, but David Freese hit into an inning-ending double play.
Atlanta's offense also kept rolling with 13 hits, three of which came from a blisteringly hot Michael Bourn, who led off the 8th inning with his first home run since Aug. 19, 2011. Bourn is now 14-for-38 on the road trip and has hit safely in 27 of the Braves' 34 games.
"Sometimes if you catch the ball in the right spot, it can go," Bourn said. "I caught it in that spot and it left the yard."
The Braves jumped on Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright, taking advantage of his control issues to score two runs in the first inning.
Bourn and Martin Prado started the game with singles, and Wainwright followed by walking the next three batters. Dan Uggla and Brian McCann each drove in runs with their bases-loaded walks. The Braves forced Wainwright to throw 31 pitches before even recording an out.
McCann also recorded two hits and added another RBI, while Uggla recorded two hits and reached base four times.
The Braves extended the lead to 5-0 in the fifth inning when Tyler Pastornicky drove in a run with an infield single with the bases loaded. Beachy helped out his cause with his own RBI-single right after.
The win puts the Braves' record on their nine-game road trip at 6-2. After starting 0-4, they have won 21 of their last 30 games.
The Braves will look to Tommy Hanson to complete the series sweep, but they will have to go through Lance Lynn, who has gone 6-0 with a 1.40 ERA. First pitch is at 2:15.
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