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Braves' Late Rally Sinks Cards

Keith Lockhart's two-run single capped a three-run eighth inning off St. Louis relievers as the Atlanta Braves beat the Cardinals 3-1 on Saturday.

Lockhart's hit up the middle off Curtis King drove in Javy Lopez and Michael Tucker with the tie-breaking runs. The Braves had tied the game on consecutive singles off Rich Croushore (0-3) by Andres Galarraga, Ryan Klesko and Lopez.

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  • After Tucker walked to load the bases, King got Andruw Jones on a force at the plate before Lockhart's game-winning hit.

    Rudy Seanez (4-0) got the win and Kerry Ligtenberg pitched the ninth for his 15th save.

    Mark McGwire went 0-for-4, striking out twice, to remain stuck on 45 homers.

    St. Louis starter Kent Bottenfield allowed six hits, walked two and had a career-high nine strikeouts in seven innings, leaving with a shutout the bullpen couldn't hold.

    Tom Glavine failed in his second straight attempt to become the NL's first 15-game winner, allowing five hits and one run in seven innings.

    The Cardinals took a 1-0 lead in the second when Willie McGee singled up the middle and scored from first on Eli Marrero's double to center field.

    The Braves blew three scoring chances in the first six innings. In the second, Ryan Klesko and Javy Lopez singled and advanced on a balk, but Bottenfield retired the next two batters.

    In the fifth, Bottenfield got Walt Weiss to ground out with runners on second and third to end a threat. Bottenfield got Michael tucker to ground out with the bases loaded and two outs to end the sixth inning.

    The Cardinals loaded the bases with one ot in the sixth before Glavine fanned McGee and got Eli Marrero on a fly ball.


  • Both teams wore throwback uniforms of the old Negro League teams in each city -- the 1928 St. Louis Stars and the 1940 Atlanta Black Crackers.
  • The Cardinals wasted no time taking advantage of Friday's trade with the Texas Rangers, putting third baseman Fernando Tatis in the lineup on his first day with the team. Tatis went 0-for-4.
  • Saturday was the 20th anniversary of when Larry McWilliams and Gene Garber halted Pete Rose's 44-game hitting streak.
  • Chipper Jones hit .396 with eight homers and 19 RBI in July.
  • The crowd of 50,137 was the 10th largest in franchise history.

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