Braves Avoid Sweep, Beat Cards & Lynn 5-2

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The National League East division leading Atlanta Braves avoided a four game sweep at the hands of the Cardinals beating the Redbirds 5-2 on Sunday at Busch Stadium. The Braves hit Cards starting pitcher Lance Lynn for three runs in the first two innings to build an early lead. Braves starting pitcher Mike Minor stymied the Cardinals through six innings to pick up the win. Lynn lasted seven innings, allowing four runs. Allen Craig was the hitting star for the Cardinals with three hits and one run batted in.

The Pirates also lost their game on Sunday to the Giants, so the Cardinals and Redbirds remain tied atop the NL Central division. The Cardinals begin a three game series with third place Cincinnati starting Monday at Busch Stadium. The Reds trail the Cards and Pirates by two and a half games in the standings.

Here is the post game reaction from Lance Lynn and Cards manager Mike Matheny.