It was a dominating night for some of the Atlanta Braves' lesser-known pitchers.
Bret Boone singled in the go-ahead run in the ninth inning as the Braves extended their winning streak to a season-high eight games.
Seven of the last nine Cardinals went down on strikes, and 10 of the final 16. St. Louis has struck out 961 times, the most in the majors.
"Everybody's not going up there trying to strike out," said Joe McEwing, who fanned in the ninth.
Mulholland pitched well for the second straight start, giving up one run and eight hits in six innings while striking out a season-high seven. He has allowed three runs in 14 innings in the last two outings but has a pair of no-decisions.
"I've got a lot to show for it two wins for our ballclub," Mulholland said. "They didn't get me over here to get me in the Hall of Fame, they got me to get in the playoffs and go to the World Series."
Atlanta began the night 1 1/2 games ahead of second-place New York in the NL East. St. Louis has lost four straight for the first time this season and six of seven.
Former Crdinal Brian Jordan, making his first trip to St. Louis since signing with the Braves last November, scored the run after entering as a pinch runner.
"My job was easy," Jordan said.
Mark McGwire was 1-for-4 with three strikeouts and remained at 51 homers, two behind Sammy Sosa, the major league leader.
Mulholland was subbing for 16-game winner Greg Maddux, sidelined by a chipped bone in his right wrist.
Cardinals starter Garrett Stephenson allowed one run and five hits in eight innings but walked five. He threw 123 pitches, 72 in the first four innings.
"I wasn't real wild, I was just off the plate," Stephenson said. "I tried to stay in as many innings as I could."
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