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Cardinals gain a game on punchless Braves

Sep 25, 2011, 5:39 PM EDT

Rafael Furcal, Albert Pujols AP

The Braves were shutout by the Nationals in losing Sunday for the 10th time in their last 15 games, allowing the Cardinals to make up ground and climb to within one game in the wild card chase.

Atlanta lost this one 3-0 after dropping Saturday’s game 4-1.  Ross Detwiler tossed six scoreless innings and combined with three relievers on a four-hitter for his sixth big-league victory.  The Nationals got their three runs on homers from Wilson Ramos and Mike Morse.  The Braves, meanwhile, received nothing from their top four hitters, as Michael Bourn, Martin Prado, Chipper Jones and Dan Uggla combined to go 0-for-16.

The Cards beat the Cubs for the second straight day, again by one run.  The Cubs went ahead 2-1 on a Starlin Castro single in the seventh, but the Cards responded with solo homers from Yadier Molina in the seventh and Rafael Furcal in the eighth to win.  Edwin Jackson, Marc Rzepczynski, Octavio Dotel and Jason Motte combined to limit the Cubs to five hits.  Randy Wells was the hard-luck loser for Chicago, going the distance in a complete-game loss.

The Cards, now 88-71, will finish the season with a series in Houston.  MLB’s worst team, the Astros are 55-103 for the season, though they are 7-7 in their last 14 games.  The Braves, at 89-70, will finish at home against the struggling Phillies.  Philadelphia did win today to snap an eight-game losing streak, but the club has nothing to play for from here.

  1. burnsy - Sep 25, 2011 at 7:34 PM

    I’m sure the Phillies have no interest in stopping the Braves’ playoff hopes. Nothing to play for.

    • astrozac - Sep 26, 2011 at 12:51 AM

      Let’s see would the Phillies rather play against the red hot Cardinals or Arizona or Milwaukee?…

  2. natstowngreg - Sep 25, 2011 at 7:51 PM

    The Nats did their part, now it’s up to the Phillies. And the Cards and Astros.

  3. Old Gator - Sep 26, 2011 at 12:05 AM

    Anyone notice all those “Pay Pujols” signs in the stands tonight? If the Busch lets him walk, he’ll be the dumbest thing to hit baseball since Bush.

    • salvomania - Sep 26, 2011 at 11:01 AM

      It’s been over 15 years since the Busch family owned the Cardinals.

  4. cintiphil - Sep 26, 2011 at 9:19 AM

    I am not sure what happened to the Phills. they certainly can’t be happy with this sudden slide, but the series with Atlanta will show if they are just resting up, or in a serious slump.If they don’t win at least 2 out of 3 from the Braves, they are in danger of losing in the playoff’s. A sweep of the Braves will show them to be back in the saddle.

  5. foreverchipper10 - Sep 26, 2011 at 12:10 PM

    As much in panic mode as I am about the Bravos missing out on the playoffs the Phils might rather the Braves get in as opposed to facing the Cards in the first round. Might be wiser for them in the long run. Although I guess the Braves would have to do their part and actually score….

    • cintiphil - Sep 26, 2011 at 1:35 PM

      I doubt that any modern day club would actually throw games away for any reason. If they lose, it is not because they weren’t trying. It may be dangerous to start losing games and losing the edge needed to go all the way.

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