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Recap: Braves 2, Cardinals 6
Boxscores    Line Movements    BT Movements
Game: 1
Venue: Busch Stadium
Date: August 22, 2013 8:15 PM EDT
  

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Fresh off the disabled list, Atlanta left-hander Paul Maholm was happy with the way he pitched. At least the first several innings, that is.

In his first start since leaving a July 20 outing with a bruised left wrist, Maholm threw four solid innings against St. Louis before running out of gas in the fifth and sixth.

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``Everything feels good,' Maholm said after the Cardinals rallied to beat the Braves 6-2 on Thursday night. ``I felt good the first four innings. I managed the lineup - until the fifth.'

The Cardinals scored three runs during a seven-pitch stretch that allowed them go in front for good, 4-2.

Maholm was activated from the disabled list earlier in the day and was looking forward to his first outing in 32 days. He did not allow a hit until the fourth inning and retired seven batters in a row at one point.

``I thought he did fine for his first time in over a month,' manager Fredi Gonzalez said. ``That's a tough lineup to navigate. I thought he did a nice job.

He gave us an opportunity to win the game.'

Maholm allowed five runs, four earned and five hits in 5 1-3 innings. He struck out four and walked three.

``It was good to get out there and compete against a tough lineup,' Maholm said. ``Hopefully in five days, I'll be able to make some adjustments and get back out there.'

St. Louis starter Joe Kelly (5-3) admittedly was not at his finest in besting Maholm. Still, he was good enough to impress the hard-hitting NL East leaders.

``I didn't have any of my good stuff,' said Kelly, who threw 109 pitches. ``From pitch one - to the last pitch - nothing was easy.'

Kelly improved to 4-0 with a 1.99 ERA in his five August starts. The Cardinals are 7-1 in his eight starts since he rejoined the starting rotation on July 6.

``We needed a solid outing from him and he was very good,' St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said. ``He did a nice job for us.'

The Braves played without Jason Heyward, who is out with a broken right jaw after he was beaned during Wednesday's 4-1 win at the New York Mets. The outfielder had surgery on Thursday in Atlanta and could miss the rest of the regular season.

Atlanta was unable to solve Kelly, who gave up seven hits and two runs in six innings. The right-hander allowed runners in five of six innings but retired the last four batters he faced.

``He did a good job of keeping us off balance,' Atlanta outfielder Justin Upton said. ``He threw his fastball in the zone and got it done.'

Kelly may not have been pleased with the effort, but his teammates certainly were impressed.

``He's like having a Ferrari in your garage,' Matt Carpenter said. ``He's settling in as a starter and he's running with it. I love it when he goes out there and competes. He's aggressive and he's pitching with confidence.'

Upton hit his 24th homer, but the Braves lost for the second time in three games at the start of a six-game trip. Atlanta had won eight of its last nine regular-season games against St. Louis.

Matt Holliday went 2 for 3 and drove in a run, matching the amount of hits he had during a 2-for-24 slide over his previous six games. He doubled and scored in the fourth, then capped St. Louis' three-run fifth with an RBI double that made it 4-2.

David Freese had a run-scoring groundout in the fourth and an RBI single in the seventh.

NOTES: INF Elliot Johnson made his first start for the Braves and broke out of an 0-for-31 slump with a second-inning single. He was claimed off waivers from Kansas City on Wednesday. ... Atlanta's Kris Medlen (10-11, 3.71 ERA) will face Adam Wainwright (14-7, 2.66 ERA) in the second game of the four-game set on Friday.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Braves at Cardinals
Thu, Aug 22 Final 2 to 6
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GAME 2
Braves at Cardinals
Fri, Aug 23 Final 1 to 3
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GAME 3
Braves at Cardinals
Sat, Aug 24 Final 2 to 6
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GAME 4
Braves at Cardinals
Sun, Aug 25 Final 5 to 2
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 CLOSING LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 ATL  +130   -175   8.5 
 STL  -140   +155   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CLOSING SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 ATL  +136   -160   8.5 
 STL  -151   +140   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 ATL  37%   24%   63% 
 STL  63%   76%   37% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Jul 28, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 STL 2 Under: 7 
 ATL 5 Cover: +103 
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 Jul 27, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 STL 0 Under: 2 
 ATL 2 Cover: +100 
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 Jul 26, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 STL 1 Under: 5 
 ATL 4 Cover: +105 
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 Mar 14, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 ATL 4 Over: 9 
 STL 5 Cover: +100 
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 Mar 12, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 STL 3 Over: 15 
 ATL 12 Cover: +100 
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 Oct 5, 2012  Score  ATS Results 
 STL 6 Cover: +160 
 ATL 3 Over: 9 
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 MLB RECAPS
 Thursday, Aug 22
 
    Diamondbacks at Reds
12:35 PM EDT
    Dodgers at Marlins
12:40 PM EDT
    Twins at Tigers
1:05 PM EDT
    Blue Jays at Yankees
1:05 PM EDT
    Nationals at Cubs
2:20 PM EDT
    Rockies at Phillies
7:05 PM EDT
    White Sox at Royals
8:10 PM EDT
    Braves at Cardinals
8:15 PM EDT
    Pirates at Giants
10:15 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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