ATLANTA (AP) -Some of the St. Louis Cardinals' six hits in the fifth inning looked like ugly bloopers to the
They looked like another win to
The right-hander (3-0) overcame five walks and drove in a run during the four-run fifth, and St. Louis beat the weak-hitting
Braves 5-3 on Wednesday night.
The Cardinals trailed 3-1 before rallying with six singles in the fifth, including five to center field. Three of the five
barely dropped over the reach of shortstop
''I've seen a game like that, but not an inning,'' said Atlanta's
, who struck out eight in eight innings but took the loss.
''I threw the ball good, but the box score is not pretty,'' Vazquez (2-2) said. ''It's a disappointing game. I think when
you have good stuff like I did today, you should win the game.''
had RBI singles in the inning, the last three with two outs.
opened the inning with singles.
''They had their seventh, eighth and ninth hitters up, and they all got bloopers,'' said Braves manager
, who said Vazquez ''got blooped to death.''
Tony La Russa
agreed that ''a couple of those hits were bloopers.''
''We were lucky to have a four-run rally,'' La Russa said.
Lucky or not, the Cardinals won two of three in the series against the Braves, who have scored three runs or fewer in 11 of
15 games after scoring at least four runs in each of their first six games.
The Cardinals are off to their best start since 2006, when they also were 15-7.
Wainwright has a 2.76 ERA but has issued 18 walks in 29 1-3 innings.
''His delivery was all over the place,'' La Russa said. ''Then he got it together.''
Wainwright, the Brunswick, Ga., native who began his career with the Braves, allowed seven hits and three runs - two earned
- with five walks and two strikeouts in six innings.
''It's the same old story, I'm not getting the quick outs,'' said Wainwright, who said home plate umpire Jerry Layne's strike
zone ''got to me after a while.''
But Wainwright didn't blame the walks on Layne.
''I was off-target all night,'' he said.
''I'm not pitching well. I'll pitch better.''
Wainwright gave up three runs in the first three innings.
St. Louis, which blew a 1-0 lead in the eighth inning in Tuesday night's 2-1 loss to the Braves, protected the late lead in
the final game of the series. With two outs and runners on first and second in the eighth, second baseman
jumped to catch a soft liner by
Franklin recorded four outs for his seventh save.
Vazquez gave up nine hits and five runs with one walk in eight innings. He struck out eight - his fourth straight start with
at least eight strikeouts.
''He pitched great; I don't know if he can pitch any better,'' Cox said.
Infante had three hits, including a run-scoring single in the second.
left the game with tightness in his left hamstring. Ryan grabbed the back of his leg while running to first base on a grounder
that rolled foul. La Russa said the team may have to make a roster move. ''You have to have a shortstop,'' he said. ... Umpire
was sick and missed the game. Chris Tiller, the fill-in umpire on the crew, was the third base umpire. ... Braves 2B
, in a 4-for-39 slump that has dropped his batting average to .203, didn't start for the second straight day. ... The Braves
has right shoulder fatigue, and his next start was pushed back three days to Tuesday.