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Recap: Braves 5, Cardinals 2
Boxscores    Line Movements    BT Movements
Game: 4
Venue: Busch Stadium
Date: August 25, 2013 2:15 PM EDT
  

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Mike Minor bounced back from the shortest outing of his career with seven strong innings and Andrelton Simmons homered to lead the Atlanta Braves to a 5-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday.

Atlanta, which has the best record in the NL, broke a three-game losing streak and salvaged the final game of the four-game set.

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St. Louis had a four-game winning streak snapped.

Minor (13-5) gave up one run on six hits. He struck out two and walked one. He was pitching on seven days rest after allowing four runs in 1 2-3 innings against Washington on Aug. 17.

Minor, who legged out an infield hit in the seventh, recorded his team-high 19th quality start.

Simmons hit his 12th homer of the season, a solo shot in the seventh that gave the Braves a 4-1 lead.

Craig Kimbrel came on with two out in the eighth and picked up his 41st save in 44 opportunities. It was his first four-out save of the season.

Atlanta jumped on St. Louis starter Lance Lynn (13-8) early with one run in the first and two in the second. Lynn, who has not won since Aug. 4, gave up four runs on nine hits over seven innings. He struck out five and walked one.

The Braves needed just six pitches to jump in front. Schafer led off the game with a triple and came in on a run-scoring single by Elliot Johnson.

Gerald Laird and Joey Terdoslavich, getting spot starts, each singled to start the second. Paul Janish followed with an RBI single. Schafer then pushed the lead to 3-0 with a double, marking the first time in his career he tripled and doubled in the same game.

The three runs over the first two innings matched the Braves' total in their previous two games,

St. Louis infielder Matt Carpenter had two hits pushing his league-leading total to 157. He doubled in the sixth and scored on a ground out by Matt Holliday, who has an RBI in his last five games.

The Braves won for the first time since outfielder Jason Heyward suffered a broken jaw on Wednesday in New York. Heyward, who was hit by a pitch from Jonathon Niese, will be out four to six weeks.

Notes: Minor is 6-5 in 17 starts with over six days rest. ... The Cardinals will play their next 13 games NL Central rivals Cincinnati and Pittsburgh. ... Atlanta opens a nine-game homestand on Tuesday with a three-game series against Cleveland. LHP Alex Wood (2-2, 2.50) will face Danny Salazar (1-1, 3.52) in the opener. St. Louis plays host to Cincinnati on Monday in the start of a three-game series. Tyler Lyons (2-4, 5.09) takes on Mike Leake (11-5, 3.12). ... Atlanta is 7-7 since ending a 14-game winning streak on Aug. 10.

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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  +115   -210   7.5 
 STL  -125   +175   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CLOSING SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 ATL  +109   -200   7.5 
 STL  -119   +170   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 ATL  27%   0%   0% 
 STL  73%   100%   0% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Aug 24, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 ATL 2 Over: 8 
 STL 6 Cover: +100 
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 Aug 23, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 ATL 1 Under: 4 
 STL 3 Cover: +100 
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 Aug 22, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 ATL 2 Under: 8 
 STL 6 Cover: +100 
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 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
 Sunday, Aug 25
 
    Twins at Indians
1:05 PM EDT
    Rockies at Marlins
1:10 PM EDT
    Tigers at Mets
1:10 PM EDT
    Brewers at Reds
1:10 PM EDT
    Athletics at Orioles
1:35 PM EDT
    Diamondbacks at Phillies
1:35 PM EDT
    Yankees at Rays
1:40 PM EDT
    Rangers at White Sox
2:10 PM EDT
    Nationals at Royals
2:10 PM EDT
    Blue Jays at Astros
2:10 PM EDT
    Braves at Cardinals
2:15 PM EDT
    Pirates at Giants
4:05 PM EDT
    Angels at Mariners
4:10 PM EDT
    Cubs at Padres
4:10 PM EDT
    Red Sox at Dodgers
8:05 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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