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National League Game Summary - St. Louis at Atlanta
(Thursday, April 24th)
Final Score: Atlanta 4, St. Louis 3
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Andruw Jones' two-run single in the bottom of
the ninth inning lifted Atlanta over St. Louis, 4-3, to give the Braves a
three-game sweep in the pouring rain at Turner Field.
Atlanta loaded the bases with one out in the ninth against St. Louis reliever
Steve Kline before he was pulled in favor of Cal Eldred. Jones promptly belted
Eldred's first pitch into left center field, scoring Rafael Furcal and Gary
Sheffield to end the game.
Kline (0-2) suffered the loss, ruining a decent outing by starter Woody
Williams, who had his season-opening shutout streak halted in the sixth
inning. Williams allowed two runs on 11 hits in 6 1/3 innings, while striking
out four and walking one.
Atlanta reliever Ray King (1-0) picked up the win, pitching one scoreless
inning of relief. He struck out one and walked one for the Braves, who have
won four straight and nine of their last 10 overall.
The Cardinals have lost five in a row.
All was going well for the starters through five innings. Mike Hampton was
throwing a no-hitter for Atlanta and Williams still hadn't allowed a run. That
all changed in the sixth, however, with each team posting a pair of runs.
Williams actually got the Cardinals' inning started himself, drawing a leadoff
walk and moving to second base on Fernando Vina's bunt. Cairo followed with a
triple to drive in Williams and then scored on Edgar Renteria's sacrifice fly
to right field, giving St. Louis a brief 2-0 lead.
Williams had no problem getting the first out in the bottom of the inning, but
found himself in trouble when he surrendered a double to Julio Franco and
single to Vinny Castilla. Johnny Estrada then roped a single to right field
that scored Franco to pull the Braves within 2-1 and end Williams' shutout
streak at 25 innings.
Furcal banged out a base hit two batters later, plating Castilla to tie the
The Cardinals came right back and tacked on a run in the seventh, however,
when Vina tripled home Eli Marrero to give St. Louis a 3-2 advantage. Marrero
then saved a run in the eighth inning when Estrada's single sent Franco
trucking for home plate, only to be gunned down on a nice throw by the
The game, originally slated for a 7:35 (et) start, was delayed until 8:10
because of heavy rain...Furcal finished with four hits.
04/25 03:39:52 ET
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