And just like that, the Braves recovered from their eight-game losing streak by winning two in a row and taking the series from the St. Louis Cardinals with a 10-7 win. Freddie Freeman and Brian McCann combined for two home runs, five hits, and seven runs batted in to back the Braves.
Atlanta got things going in the first inning thanks to the long ball. Martin Prado singled with one out, and scored as Brian McCann homered to right field to make it 2-0. McCann looked like he didn't think he got all of the ball, but it carried just over the right field fence. Two batters later, the be-spectacled Freddie Freeman made his return known with a home run to center. Safe to say, those new glasses are working.
Already up 3-0, the Braves added two more in the third. Dan Uggla singled with one out, and came all the way around to score on a pop up from Freeman that dropped in for a double. With the score now 4-0, Jason Heyward walked to put runners on first and second for Jose Constanza. Constanza hit a liner past the second baseman, bringing in Freeman to make it a 5-0 game.
Tim Hudson allowed his first hit and his first run of the game in the fourth inning. Rafael Furcal singled, advanced to second on a grounder, and scored thanks to a Matt Holliday rbi single.
Things fell apart for Hudson in the sixth, as the Cardinals scored three runs off of him thanks to four singles and a walk. Jonny Venters replaced him, and allowed a single up the middle to score the fourth run of the inning, tying the game at five.
The Braves responded in the bottom of the inning, starting with Jose Constanza's infield single. He advanced to second on a passed ball, and scored on a double from Jack Wilson after a fantastic eight-pitch at bat against Marc Rzepcynzki. With a runner on second and two outs, the Cardinals intentionally walked Martin Prado to get to McCann, who singled to left, scoring Bourn and Prado to make it 8-5.
The Cardinals added two in the eighth off of Eric O' Flaherty, but he struck out Furcal with two outs and runners on first and second to escape the inning with the lead.
Cardinals closer Jason Motte walked the bases loaded in the eighth, and Atlanta plated two runs on an Uggla sacrifice fly and single from Freeman to right field.
Craig Kimbrel entered in the ninth, and recorded two strikeouts en route to his 15th save of the year.