ATLANTA (Ticker) -- The
found out you can't give the St. Louis Cardinals extra outs.
The Cardinals turned a pair of errors by the Braves into six-run second inning en route to an easy 10-4 victory.
With the game tied 1-1, Atlanta pitcher
could not handle a sacrifice bunt by Dan Haren, loading the bases.
followed with a ground ball to third baseman
, who fired home for a force, but catcher
's erratic throw on the attempted double play at first allowed a run to score.
"We tried to make some plays we probably shouldn't have," Braves manager
said. "It was just one of those bad innings."
"It's one of those innings you have to forget about," second baseman
said. "It doesn't happen all the time. It was just a bad game all around. The last thing we need to do is sit here and worry about tonight's game."
then grounded a two-run single past shortstop
. Two batters later,
capped the inning with the first of his two homers, giving the Cardinals a 6-1 lead. It snapped an 0-for-16 funk for Rolen, who had his fifth multi-homer game of the season.
Rolen also reached the 100 RBI plateau at the earliest point of the season in his career.
"It's good," Rolen said. "Maybe in the back of my mind (I've thought about it). You don't think about it consciously, but its a milestone."
also homered for St. Louis. The superstar hit four homers in the three-game series, and is tied with Cincinnati's
for the major league lead with 36 home runs.
"Numbers are something you can look at after the season," Pujols said. "I don't want to get caught up in numbers. You always want to get better, you want to prepare yourself for the games."
Haren (1-2) allowed three runs and seven hits in five innings to win for the first time since August 11, 2003. He struck out four without a walk.
"I'm happy for me, and I'm happy for the team," Haren said. "I got a bunch of runs, and just tried to be aggressive and do the best that I can. I had a pretty good plan and was able to be effective."
Thomson (9-8) yielded eight runs - four earned - in just four innings, losing for the first time since July 3.
Jones belted his 299th career homer in the fourth for the Braves.
St. Louis improved to 40-19 on the road this year, better than all other team's home records - with the exception of the
New York Yankees
"We have a well balanced club and a good starter every day," Cardinals manager
Tony La Russa
said. "Mostly clubs that are good on the road have good bullpens."
"I don't know what the (heck) it is," recently acquired
said. "You're playing the same game, only living out of a suitcase. We play the game as if we're in our own back yard. We have 27 outs and guys are good at it."