May 13, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman (5) hits an RBI double against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-US PRESSWIRE

Braves vs. Cardinals: Atlanta Finishes Off St Louis 7-4 On Sunday

The Atlanta Braves completed a series sweep of the Cardinals with a 7-4 win on Sunday.

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Braves Conclude Long Road Trip With Sweep Over Cardinals

The Braves wanted to make a statement against the team that claimed their wild card spot last September. Despite a red-hot offense and phenomenal starting staff in St. Louis, Atlanta swept the Cardinals at Busch Stadium in convincing fashion. Despite playing the fewest home games in the Majors, the Braves now lead the National League East and have the third-best record in baseball.

Atlanta got off to a quick start on Friday night with Mike Minor on the mound, but the young lefty was unable to work deep into the game after suddenly surrendering what seemed like a never-ending supply of extra-base hits. The two clubs remained tied through 11 innings, and it was a two-run homer from Jason Heyward that sealed the deal in the top of the 12th as Atlanta won 9-7.

Saturday night was all about Brandon Beachy. The young righty continued to dominate on the mound and allowed just one run in six innings of work. A bit of wildness from Adam Wainwright helped Atlanta establish an early lead, and the offense continued to pile on runs throughout the game as they won 7-2.

Sunday featured more of the same: great hitting and solid pitching from the Braves as they went on to win by a score of 7-4. Jason Heyward had a key three-run double in an at-bat where he saw a total of 10 pitches, and Tommy Hanson pitched well enough to hand the game over to the bullpen. Atlanta was in complete control of this game for the entire afternoon, and only an innocent three-run homer from the Cardinals in the ninth made the final score closer than it should have been.

Next up for the Braves: two games at home against the Reds, followed by two more games at home with the Marlins.

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Braves Complete Sweep Over Cardinals With 7-4 Win

The Atlanta Braves completed the sweep over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday afternoon, a fitting revenge against a club that broke their hearts last September. Despite a final score of 7-4, the Braves dominated the entire game before surrendering a meaningless homer late in the ninth inning.

Tommy Hanson struggled in the first inning due to a lack of control and command of his fastball, but the young hurler still managed to work 5+ innings of one-run ball. Hanson allowed just five hits and three walks, striking out nine Cardinals in the process.

Lance Lynn started for St. Louis and threw 121 pitches in six innings of work. He picked up his first loss of the season after allowing three runs to score on four hits and three walks. Lynn was consistently weaving in and out of trouble on Sunday afternoon and it took a serious toll on him physically.

The at-bat of the game came from Jason Heyward in the third inning. With two outs and the bases loaded, Heyward fought off nine pitches before eventually lining a three-run double down the right field line to give the Braves an early 3-0 lead. The at-bat was easily among the best a Braves hitter has put together this season, and it proved to be the difference against a tough Cardinals team.

Carlos Beltran hit a solo homer in the sixth to cut the lead to 3-1, but Atlanta quickly responded in the seventh with three more runs. Michael Bourn then added on a seventh run in the eighth with an RBI-single to center field.

Cristhian Martinez came in to work the ninth inning and gave up a monster three-run dinger to Allen Craig, making the score 7-4 with just one more out to go. Jonny Venters came in and struck out Lance Berkman to end the game and complete the sweep.

The Braves finish their 10-day, nine-game road trip with a stellar record of 7-2. They will now return home to Turner Field to take on the Cincinnati Reds.

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Braves Vs. Cardinals Starting Lineups: Chipper Jones Getting Sunday Day Off

After playing the first two games of the series Chipper Jones will get the day off on Sunday along with catcher Brian McCann. Juan Francisco will play third while David Ross will be behind the plate for the Braves as they go for a sweep over the Cardinals.

Here is a look at the rest of the starting lineups for Sunday's series finale:

Atlanta Braves

1. Michael Bourn (L) CF
2. Martin Prado (R) LF
3. Freddie Freeman (L) 1B
4. Dan Uggla (R) 2B
5. Jason Heyward (L) RF
6. Juan Francisco (L) 3B
7. David Ross (R) C
8. Tyler Pastornicky (R) SS
9. Tommy Hanson (R) P

St. Louis Cardinals

1. Rafael Furcal (S) SS
2. Jon Jay (L) CF
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF
4. Allen Craig (R) LF
5. Lance Berkman (S) 1B
6. David Freese (R) 3B
7. Daniel Descalso (L) 2B
8. Tony Cruz (R) C
9. Lance Lynn (R) P

For more on the Atlanta Braves, check out Talking Chop. St. Louis Cardinals info can be found at Viva El Birdos, and all your MLB news is at Baseball Nation.

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Braves Vs. Cardinals Time, TV, Radio Info And More

Atlanta's Tommy Hanson takes his turn on the mound as the Atlanta Braves look for a three-game sweep of the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Hanson is 3-3 on the season with a 3.63 ERA and is looking for a little run support from his teammates in today's game. The Braves have given Hanson just 2.5 runs of run support in his starts.

The Cardinals will counter with Lance Lynn who is 6-0 with a minuscule 1.40 ERA. Lynn has pitched into the seventh inning in four of his six starts and became the Cardinals first pitcher to win his first six outings since 1994.

Game Date/Time: Sunday, May 13, 2:15 p.m. ET

Location: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri

Pitching Matchup: Tommy Hanson (3-3, 3.63 ERA) vs. Lance Lynn (6-0, 1.40 ERA)

TV: Fox SportsSouth, TBS

Radio: 680 The Fan

Online Streaming: MLB.tv

For more on the Atlanta Braves, check out Talking Chop. St. Louis Cardinals info can be found at Viva El Birdos, and all your MLB news is at Baseball Nation.

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Brandon Beachy Dominates Again As Braves Defeat Cardinals

The Braves and Cardinals had the two highest run differentials in the National League entering the start of this series. Following a wild win in extra innings in game one, Brandon Beachy led Atlanta to a dominating 7-2 victory over St. Louis to claim the series. The Braves will now go for the sweep on Sunday afternoon.

Beachy was phenomenal once again against statistically the best lineup in the NL thus far, working six innings of one-run ball. He allowed just two hits and four walks, striking out six in the process. Kris Medlen allowed a run to score in two innings of relief, and Cristhian Martinez closed out the game in the ninth.

Adam Wainwright was wild for St. Louis in the first inning and the Braves made him pay. After two seeing-eye hits for Michael Bourn and Martin Prado to lead off the game, Wainwright walked three straight batters to plate two runs. Atlanta was unable to tack on any extra runs, but their early 2-0 lead would prove to be huge from the early going.

Brian McCann hit a bloop single in the third inning to score Dan Uggla easily to add on another run. With two outs and the bases loaded once again in the fifth, Tyler Pastornicky reached on an infield single and drove in Uggla to make the score 4-0. Beachy then came up with a big RBI-single to add on yet another run.

The Cardinals loaded the bases in the sixth inning without any outs, but Beachy was able to avoid any real damage. Allen Craig drove in a run with a sacrifice fly to left, and then David Freese grounded into a crucial 6-4-3 double play to end the threat.

Michael Bourn hit his first home run of the year in the eighth to give Atlanta a 6-1 lead. Rafael Furcal responded in the bottom of the frame with an RBI-single, but that was the final run St. Louis would scratch across on Saturday evening in front of a capacity crowd at Busch Stadium. Bourn eventually added another run on in the ninth with a RBI-single down the left field line to make the score 7-2.

Another big win for the Braves. The club is now 21-13 on the season after losing their first four games.

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Braves Vs. Cardinals Lineups: Atlanta's Eight In The Field Stays The Same For Saturday

The Atlanta Braves prepare to face the St. Louis Cardinals in game two in a three-game series at Busch Stadium, the Braves took home a gritty 9-7 extra innings victory as Jason Heyward hit a 2-run homer to secure the win. The Braves have posted their lineups and the same eight in the field will take their first hacks versus Adam Wainwright on Saturday evening.

Brandon Beachy will be asked to duel Wainwright on the mound, as the right-hander has a 3-1 record for the season and a 1.62 ERA.

1. Michael Bourn (L) CF
2. Martin Prado (R) LF
3. Freddie Freeman (L) 1B
4. Dan Uggla (R) 2B
5. Brian McCann (L) C
6. Chipper Jones (S) 3B
7. Jason Heyward (L) RF
8. Tyler Pastornicky (R) SS
9. Brandon Beachy (R) P

For more on the Atlanta Braves, check out Talking Chop. St. Louis Cardinals info can be found at Viva El Birdos, and all your MLB news is at Baseball Nation.

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Atlanta Braves Vs. St. Louis Cardinals: Saturday Probables, TV Schedule, And More

A night after winning a wild extra inning affair, the Atlanta Braves look to take the series against the defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday night.

Brandon Beachy, who has been nothing short of magnificent this year, will start for the Braves as he looks to cool down St. Louis' hot offense. Beachy is 3-1 with a 1.62 ERA and .95 WHIP on the young season. Opponents are hitting just .190 off of Beachy, and he's allowed just one home run in 39 innings on the season.

Atlanta's offense will face off against a former farmhand, as the Cardinals will send 2006 World Series hero Adam Wainwright to the mound. Though he's 2-3 with a 5.61 ERA, Wainwright has pitched well recently. Wainwright currently owns a 1.28 WHIP and has struck out 34 while issuing just seven walks in 33.2 innings of work, but has been undone by the long ball, as he's given up seven homers so far in 2012.

Televised coverage can be found on Fox Sports South as well as MLB Network. First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. ET.

For more on the Atlanta Braves, head over to Talking Chop and join the discussion.

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Jason Heyward's 12th Inning Homer Leads Braves To 9-7 Victory Over Cardinals

The Atlanta Braves got out to an early 5-1 lead on Friday evening against the St. Louis Cardinals, but that lead was quickly erased as Mike Minor struggled throughout the middle innings. Carlos Beltran and Allen Craig hit back-to-back homers to cut the deficit to 5-3 in the fourth inning, and then a Matt Holliday double and Beltran triple gave the Cardinals a 6-5 lead.

Dan Uggla tied the game up in the seventh inning with a solo homer down the left field line. Freddie Freeman then gave the Braves a 7-6 lead on an infield single. Beltran then hit another home run in the eighth -- the first that Jonny Venters has surrendered all season -- to tie the game once again.

The Cardinals loaded the bases with only one out in the 10th against Livan Hernandez, but pinch-hitter David Freese grounded into a 6-4-3 double play to end the threat. St. Louis loaded the bases once again in the 11th with two outs, but Craig popped up weakly to shallow center field for the final out.

Chipper Jones walked to lead off the 12th inning. Jason Heyward followed with a monster two-run homer to left-center field, taking a high fastball the opposite way to give Atlanta a commanding 9-7 lead.

Craig Kimbrel came in for the save and surrendered a leadoff single to Yadier Molina, but the struck out Matt Carpenter and Shane Robinson for the first two outs. Skip Schumaker then grounded out weakly to shortstop Jack Wilson for the final out, securing a huge 9-7 victory for the Braves.

What an awesome, thrilling game on a night the Cardinals honored and retired Tony La Russa's number.

The two clubs will meet again on Saturday evening. Brandon Beachy and Adam Wainwright will be the starters.

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Braves vs. Cardinals Lineups: Chipper Jones Batting Sixth

The Atlanta Braves seem to have found themselves a pretty standard lineup whenever their normal starters are all playing, and that lineup will be in place once again on Friday night against Jaime Garcia and the Cardinals. Chipper Jones is playing his fourth consecutive game for the first time all season. Jason Heyward continues to bat seventh despite having better numbers than just about anyone on the team.

Here are the complete lineups for Friday evening. First pitch is scheduled for 8:25 p.m. ET following a ceremony for Tony LaRussa.

Braves:

Michael Bourn
Martin Prado
Freddie Freeman
Dan Uggla
Brian McCann
Chipper Jones
Jason Heyward
Tyler Pastornicky
Mike Minor

Cardinals:

Rafael Furcal
Jon Jay
Matt Holliday
Carlos Beltran
Allen Craig
Yadier Molina
Matt Carpenter
Tyler Greene
Jaime Garcia

This series has the potential to be a great one, something typically pretty rare for May. The Braves and Cardinals feature two of the best offenses in the game, so it will come down to the pitching staffs this weekend.

For more on the Braves, head on over to Talking Chop.

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Braves Vs. Cardinals: Game Preview, TV Info And More

The Atlanta Braves don't need any reminders about last season's implosion in the Wild Card race, but they'll get a nice, strong dose of what might have been on Friday night when they begin a three game series with the St. Louis Cardinals, who took the Braves' spot and won a World Series with it.

Mike Minor will take the hill for Atlanta, possibly battling for his job. The left-hander is the disappointment of the rotation thus far in 2012, and was beat up for 15 runs on 18 hits over 11 1/3 innings in his last two starts.

Date / Time: Friday, May 11, 8:15 p.m. ET

Location: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri

TV: Fox Sports South, Peachtree TV

Radio: WNNX 100.5, WCNN 680

Probable Starters: Mike MInor (2-2) vs. Jaime Garcia (2-2)

For more on the Atlanta Braves, check out Talking Chop. St. Louis Cardinals info can be found at Viva El Birdos, and all your MLB news is at Baseball Nation.

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Braves vs. Cardinals Preview: No Albert Pujols, No Problems For St. Louis

The Cardinals have been the best offensive team in baseball this season.

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