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Matt Holliday pads Cardinals’ lead with solo homer

Oct 5, 2012, 6:58 PM EDT

Matt Holliday AP

David Ross gave the Braves an early 2-0 lead with a two-run homer, but the Cardinals have scored four unanswered to go up 4-2 as we go into the top of the seventh.

Chipper Jones committed a throwing error in the top of the fourth inning which opened the door for the Cardinals to score three runs. Allen Craig delivered an RBI double while Yadier Molina had an RBI ground out and David Freese had a sacrifice fly.

The Braves had two runners on with one out in the bottom of the fourth after Freddie Freeman singled and David Ross reached on a bunt single, but Andrelton Simmons bunted and was called out for interference. Watch the play below.

On the TBS broadcast, the announcers said that Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez called for a safety squeeze and that it was not the result of a missed sign by Simmons. It’s possible he was just covering for his rookie shortstop, but it’s still a bad play with the pitcher on deck. Kris Medlen struck out swinging and the rally was snuffed out.

The Cardinals stretched their lead to 4-2 with a solo home run by Matt Holliday in the top of the sixth. Kyle Lohse was pulled in the bottom of the inning with a runner on first and one out, but Lance Lynn was able to get David Ross to fly out to right center to end the threat. To the seventh we go.

  1. phillyphannn83 - Oct 5, 2012 at 7:52 PM

    I wonder what kind of fan supersticions Calcaterra is doing right about now. I bet he has his rally cap on with a Braves blanket draped over his Chipper-jersey-covered shoulders swinging his foam tomahawk, screaming at his television “Ohhh, ohh ohoh, ohhhh ohhh ohhhhhhh”

  2. illcomm - Oct 5, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    classy braves fans throwing bottles…lol

    • historiophiliac - Oct 5, 2012 at 8:09 PM

      Ironically, my grandfather played for the Atlanta Crackers back in the 40’s and at one game fans threw bottles and trash on the field over a call too…and deflated the ump’s tires.

  3. maynardstool - Oct 5, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    Stay classy Atlanta. Trash!

  4. randygnyc - Oct 5, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    A fitting farewell for the braves?

    • historiophiliac - Oct 5, 2012 at 8:04 PM

      for Chipper?

  5. maynardstool - Oct 5, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    This is what happens when you have a bunch of part time fans. They should just call the game right now. All they’re doing now is endangering the players on the field for both teams

    • maltarz - Oct 5, 2012 at 8:04 PM

      Players and umpires

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