ST. LOUIS (AP) -The
have no intentions of giving up this season.
delivered a tiebreaking single with two outs in the eighth inning, and Atlanta beat the St. Louis Cardinals 8-4 on Saturday
to snap a six-game losing streak.
''Hopefully, the fans can sit back and watch us today because we're busting our butts,''
said. ''We're going to play hard.''
homered and drove in three runs for the Cardinals, who dropped 3 1/2 games behind Milwaukee, the NL wild-card leader.
(1-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the win in relief of starter
. It marked the ninth time in his past 10 appearances that Carlyle has kept an opponent from scoring.
got four outs for his sixth save, securing Atlanta's second victory in 13 games. It came after Friday's 18-3 drubbing - the
first time in five years that the Braves gave up as many as 18 runs.
''You're not going to see everything fall like you did (Friday),'' Cardinals manager
Tony La Russa
said. ''We had a lot of chances. At the end of the game we had a lapse. It would have been nice to go one run down to see
if we could have rallied.''
Rain delayed this one for 49 minutes in the top of the ninth. When play resumed, Atlanta scored three times with two outs,
's dogged at-bat.
Johnson saw 14 pitches from reliever
, fouling off eight consecutive 3-2 deliveries before drawing a bases-loaded walk. Francoeur then singled up the middle to
drive in the final two runs, making it 8-4.
That all came after
turned what could have been a simple groundout to second into an infield single by hustling.
''They have been doing that,'' Braves manager
said, adding that Prado is playing with a groin injury. ''They don't get credit for it because we're losing, but I've always
been proud of them. We've gone through hell here the last couple of weeks. They haven't lost their concentration or their
desire to win.''
Cardinals second baseman
said he wasn't sure if Prado was safe, but the play developed slowly because he had to wait for Pujols to cover first. Lopez
double pumped before tossing to Pujols.
''He was playing deep and I kind of had to wait a little bit to throw the ball,'' Lopez said. ''Obviously, I don't want to
hit him in the back while he's running to the bag.''
(2-6) walked Johnson in the eighth and a wild pitch put runners at second and third. Norton's two-run single, just under Lopez's
glove, on a two-strike pitch gave the Braves a 5-3 lead.
Lopez hit an RBI double in the bottom half to cut it to 5-4.
allowed three runs and eight hits in six innings. Prado's two-run single off Lohse tied the score at 3 in the sixth.
Pujols hit a two-run double in the third and added a solo homer in the fifth to give St. Louis a 3-1 lead.
The home run was Pujols' seventh hit in seven consecutive at-bats over a three-game span. He walked once Friday in four plate
ended the streak with a diving catch to end the seventh.
Notes: Norton is 11-for-35 (.314) as a pinch hitter this season with 10 RBIs. ... Braves 3B
had two hits and is batting a major league-high .361. He has hit safely in 12 of his past 14 games since returning from the
disabled list. ... Pujols ranks second in the NL with a .356 average. ... The Cardinals fell to 62-14 when getting at least