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Braves vs. Cardinals: Atlanta's protest denied

The Atlanta Braves finished their 6-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals under protest, stemming from an infield fly rule call in the bottom of the eighth inning. Major League Baseball has reportedly denied the protest, reports Jim Bowden of ESPN, making the St. Louis win official.

With two on and one out for Atlanta, Matt Holiday and Peter Kozma miscommunicated on a fly to shallow left, allowing the ball to fall between them:

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The infield fly rule was called despite the depth of the play and the difficulty in making the catch. There was a lengthy delay in the game as Fredi Gonzales lodged his protest with the officials, and Atlanta fans did the same via throwing things onto the field. Jason Motte took over for St. Louis when the game resumed, and he was able to end the inning without the Braves scoring, and he closed the game in the same fashion.

Atlanta's protest was denied shortly after the game ended, ending the season for the Braves and sending St. Louis to the NLDS.

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