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Wisler, Garcia help Braves avoid sweep with 3-2 win over the Cardinals

Wisler earned his fifth win and Adonis Garcia hit his first major-league homer.

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The Braves will leave St. Louis with a win thanks to Matt Wisler's seven strong innings, denying the Cardinals a sweep with a 3-2 win.

Today was Atlanta's turn to score first. In the second inning, Ryan Lavarnway doubled into the left field corner to chase home Eury Perez all the way from first base. Three batters later, Cameron Maybin singled home Lavarnway to give the Braves an early 2-0 lead on Michael Wacha.

The Cardinals would get on the board against Wisler in the fourth. Jason Heyward stood at second with one out when Stephen Piscotty singled to left; the throw from Eury Perez beat Heyward to the plate, and the call was out. Mike Matheny decided to challenge the call and after a lengthy review (roughly six minutes), the call was reversed. Replay appeared to show Heyward's left foot avoiding the tag by Lavarnway. St. Louis would then tie the score at two the next inning on doubles by Kolten Wong and Matt Holliday.

Adonis Garcia led off the sixth for the Braves. He had recorded his first major-league hit the day before, but this at-bat was another first for him: his first major-league home run. He hit it into the Cardinals bullpen and it gave the Braves a lead they wouldn't relinquish.

Jim Johnson closed out the win for his ninth save.

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Source: FanGraphs

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