The Cardinals scored two in the fourth to bring the score to a tie through six innings with the Braves, 2-2.
Four hard hit singles led to two runs for St. Louis in the fourth. Yadier Molina sac flied a run in followed by an RBI single by Daniel Descalso.
Tim Hudson hit a wall with his command in the fourth, leaving several pitches over the plate and up that resulted in lined shots. After a better fifth, he did the same in the sixth, missing on some pitches by a lot. Lance Berkman walked and Molina singled to put two on with one out, but Ryan Theriot grounded into a double play to preserve the tie.
Hudson sits at 99 pitches through six, allowing six singles and two runs, two walks and three strikeouts. His command isn't really there, and he had visible body language that favored his right side throughout the sixth inning. It would be best if he came out.
Chris Carpenter has settled down some after a two-run first, even though he has allowed four hits since. The biggest threat to the tie came in the sixth when the Braves put two on with a single and walk, but Alex Gonzalez grounded into a double play to end the inning.
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