The Braves put two runs on the board in the first inning to take a 2-0 lead over the Cardinals through three innings.
With one out in the first, Jason Heyward hit a solo homer on a breaking ball left somewhat over the plate, driving it hard and low over the right field fence for his seventh long ball of the season. After Chipper Jones slapped a double on a low and away pitch down the left field line, Dan Uggla picked up a Brian McCann lineout by doubling down the right field line to bring Chipper home. It was a great swing for Uggla, taking a cutter left up over the plate and going with the movement to right field.
Chris Carpenter hasn't shown the best command so far, leaving a few balls over the plate, but much of it has also been good hitting by the Braves. He has allowed two runs on five hits in three innings, not walking any and striking out two.
Tim Hudson has pitched three scoreless innings, allowing a lone single to Carpenter, which has been the only hard hit ball for the Cardinals so far. He has walked one and struck out two, inducing five groundouts to two flyouts.
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