knew he got his pitch. What he didn't know was how well he hit it.
hit a two-run double in the top of the ninth off closer
held on to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-6 on Saturday.
''I put together a good at-bat there in the ninth,'' McCann said. ''I was just trying to get a pitch up in the zone and I
hit it a little better and it reached the wall.''
Franklin (2-3) blew his second straight save - and fourth of the season - as the Cardinals dropped two in a row for the first
time since July 25-26 when they lost consecutive games to Philadelphia.
(4-4) allowed two runs, one earned in the eighth which gave the Cardinals a 6-5 lead.
closed out the game for Atlanta for his 24th save in 28 chances.
After the game, Braves manager
was smoking a victory cigar.
''That's a good one, you bet,'' Cox said. ''You can never get down. Franklin's done an unbelievable job but like I tell my
guys, anything can happen.''
The Cardinals rallied to take the lead in the eighth before Franklin fell apart in the ninth, allowing three hits and a walk.
Nate McClouth led off with a double and
singled him to third before
walked to load the bases.
''I'm not one to lean on excuses,'' Franklin said. ''I just would rather say I didn't get it done.''
McCann followed with a double to center that left runners on second and third with no outs, but Franklin escaped further damage
with two strikeouts and a pop out.
The Cardinals took the lead in the eighth on a run-scoring single by
and an RBI groundout by
allowed four runs and 10 hits in five-plus innings. He walked two and struck out one. His biggest contribution was his first
career home run, a two-run shot in the second that gave the Braves a 3-2 lead.
''Obviously its been a while since I've trotted around the bases like that,'' Hudson said. ''I was really scared I was going
to go my whole career without hitting one but it was exciting. It felt as good or better than any shutout I've thrown.''
made his first start since August 21 after returning from his second stint on the disabled list with a groin strain. He allowed
four runs in 3 1-3 innings pitched, his third shortest start of the year.
''PG-not good.'' Lohse said of his outing. ''I just couldn't get the ball down, it seemed like it was a constant battle. There's
no excuse for it, it just wasn't happening.''
Tony La Russa
was ejected by home plate umpire Greg Gibson for arguing balls and strikes after the sixth inning. It was La Russa's first
ejection of the season.
''I feel like when the tape is reviewed,'' La Russa said. ''They'll see there were some close calls that we had a reason to
question. You still play the game. Umpires don't beat you.''
NOTES: The Cardinals Triple-A affiliate Memphis completed a three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers Triple-A affiliate
Albuquerque last night to advance to the Pacific Coast League championship. ... Cardinals pitcher
will miss his next scheduled start Monday against Florida with shoulder tendinits and will be replaced by
(7-9) whose last start was July 26th.