Long ball powers Cards over Braves
ATLANTA - The St. Louis Cardinals showed some power Monday night, as they held off the Atlanta Braves by a score of 11-6.
Kolten Wong led the way for the Redbirds, going 3-5 with 3 RBI's, including one of the Cardinals' four home runs on the night.
The Cardinals held a comfortable lead early, but the Braves came storming back. Rallies in both the sixth and seventh innings brought the Braves within one heading to the eighth.
With the Braves at the heels of the Cardinals, Harrison Bader came off the bench with two runners on, and he smacked a three-run pinch-hit homer to put the Cardinals up 9-5.
The Cardinals added some insurance with a two-run homer by Yadier Molina in the top of the ninth.
The Redbirds improve to 83-68 with the victory, still firmly in the Wild Card race. Game two of the series in Atlanta comes Tuesday night at 6:30.