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Skid continues for Braves with 5-3 loss to Cardinals

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Braves drop third straight despite homer from Adonis Garcia

St. Louis Cardinals v Atlanta Braves Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images

Julio Teheran turned in another shaky performance as the Atlanta Braves dropped their third straight decision with a 5-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Cardinals got things started early in the first against Teheran. Kolton Wong reached on an infield single to lead off the game and later scored on a single by Aledmys Diaz to put St. Louis up 1-0.

The Cardinals added two more runs in the third on a bomb to right by Matt Carpenter. Matt Adams extended the lead to 4-0 with a solo shot of his own in the fourth.

Teheran exited the game after throwing 110 pitches through five innings and allowed nine hits and four runs. He walked two and struck out three while allowing two more home runs.

St. Louis added an insurance run in the seventh off of reliever Jose Ramirez. Randal Grichuk singled with one out and later stole second and advanced to third after Tyler Flowers’ throw sailed into center field. Diaz brought Grichuk home with a sacrifice fly to right.

The Braves finally broke through in the bottom half of the seventh. Matt Kemp got things started with a one out double to left while Nick Markakis followed with a walk. Adonis Garcia then drove one deep into the left center stands to cut the deficit to 5-3.

Brandon Phillips singled with two outs in the eighth but Trevor Rosenthal got Freddie Freeman to fly out to the warning track in left to end the threat. Seung Hwan Oh retired the Braves in order in the ninth to earn his seventh save of the season.

Mike Leake dominated the Braves before Garcia’s home run in the seventh. He moves to 4-1 on the season after allowing three hits and three runs over seven strong innings of work.

Atlanta finished with just four hits with Ender Inciarte, Phillips and Freeman combining to go 1-for-11. Diaz pounded out three more hits for the Cardinals and is 7-for-8 with two walks over the first two games of the series. Carpenter and Grichuk finished with two hits each.

The Braves will look to avoid a sweep on Sunday as R.A. Dickey faces off against Michael Wacha.