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Mike Minor, Timely Hitting Propel Atlanta Braves Past St. Louis Cardinals

July 26th, 2013 at 11:29 PM
By Cody Fields

Mike Minor continued his impressive year by leading the Atlanta Braves from the mound and the plate in a 4-1 series opening win Friday night over the St. Louis Cardinals at Turner Field.

Minor's only mistake in seven innings came on a solo shot by Yadier Molina in the second inning. Other than that, his total line of one run on four hits with five strikeouts only solidified the fact that he's the new ace in Atlanta.

After Molina's homer, Minor sat down 10 consecutive batters. The outing pushed Minor's ERA down to a team-leading 2.89. He also leads in wins, strikeouts and innings pitched.

The Atlanta offense also supported Minor with four runs (three earned) off Adam Wainwright. Chris Johnson started the Braves' scoring when he drove in Brian McCann with a single. Minor then helped himself with the go-ahead knock, driving in Dan Uggla.

Jason Heyward extended the slim lead in the fifth inning with a solo homer to left-center field. That was his first homer since July 6.

The Cardinals committed a rare error in the seventh that led to another Braves run. Johnson started the inning with a single before Joey Terdoslavich hit a tailor-made double play ball to Pete Kozma, who threw the ball into right field to the tarp. Johnson scored from first on the play.

The win, coupled with the Washington Nationals splitting a doubleheader with the New York Mets, allowed the Braves to extend their Major League-best 8 1/2 games.

Tags: Adam Wainwright, Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Baseball, Brian McCann, Chris Johnson, Dan Uggla, Jason Heyward, Mike Minor, MLB, New York Mets, St. Louis Cardinals, Washington Nationals, Yadier Molina

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