ST. LOUIS (Ticker) -- J.D. Drew hit his second homer in as many days against his former team as the
edged the St. Louis Cardinals, 6-5, to avoid a three-game sweep.
In a game in which each team used six pitchers, Drew's homer in the third off starter
answered a two-run shot by St. Louis'
and put the Braves ahead for good, 3-2.
Atlanta avoided its first three-game sweep against St. Louis since July 6-8, 1993.
"It's different competing against them, that's for sure," Drew said. "One of my best friends on the team was behind the plate (
) and he's wanting to get me out more than anybody on the field."
went 3-for-3 for the Braves - his first hits since missing 15 games with a hamstring injury. He went 0-for-6 with four strikeouts in his first two games off the disabled list.
had two hits apiece for the Braves, who added single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings.
"We had a lot of hitting and we lined out a lot," Atlanta manager
said. "It looks like we're breaking out here."
Suppan (3-4) yielded four runs - three earned - and eight hits while throwing 88 pitches in 3 1/3 innings.
"I threw a lot of pitches and I fell behind in the count," he said. "And when you do that, things happen."
Estrada's RBI double in the fifth gave the Braves a 5-2 lead, but Atlanta starter
could not get through the bottom half, giving up a two-run single to
A frustrated Thomson yielded four runs and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings.
"I just want to kick myself," he said. "I need to win that game."
(4-0), who got the final two outs in the fifth with the go-ahead run on base, was credited with the win.
"Hopefully, we can build on this," said Braves closer
, who got the final four outs for his fifth save. "We haven't built on anything yet."