St. Louis, MO, United States (4E Sports) – Shelby Miller pitched seven strong innings as the St. Louis Cardinals extended their winning streak to four with a 4-1 triumph over the Atlanta Braves Saturday in front of 44,981 fans at Busch Stadium.
Miller (6-2) yielded one unearned run on five hits with two walks and seven strikeouts for his third quality start in as many games while Trevor Rosenthal saved his third game in as many days for the Cardinals, who improved to 23-20.
Center fielder Peter Bourjos and Kolten Wong each collected a run-scoring bunt single in the victory. Wong, playing in his second game since being promoted from Triple-A, went 2-for-4, scoring two of St. Louis’ four runs.
The Cardinals’ four-game winning streak is tied for the longest this season, when they did it from April 12-15 against the Cubs and Brewers. St. Louis is now three games above .500 for the first time since April 22.
Aaron Harang (4-4) surrendered three runs — two earned — on six hits while striking out seven over six innings. He is 0-6 in his last eight appearances against St. Louis and 7-15 in his last 27 starts against them.
Andrelton Simmons was the only bright spot for Atlanta’s offense, going 3- for-3 and scoring the lone run for the Braves (22-19), who have lost four of their last five.
Atlanta scored first in the second inning for the second straight game after a throwing error by Wong.
Wong atoned for his mistake in the fourth when he bunted for a base hit and scored the tying run behind catcher Yadier Molina’s sacrifice fly.
Miller erased a leadoff double in the fifth inning with a controversial double play. After Andrelton Simmons doubled to lead off the inning, Harang attempted to bunt him over to third in a tie game.
Molina quickly fielded the bunt and fired to third baseman Matt Carpenter, who threw to first to complete the double play with Harang remaining in the batter’s box, contesting the bunt was foul. Home-plate umpire Ron Kulpa ejected Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez for arguing the call.
An inning later, the Cardinals took the lead when Carpenter scored on an errant throw by catcher Evan Gattis.
Right fielder Allen Craig singled in another run before the Cardinals added an insurance run with Bourjos bringing Matt Adams home in the seventh with a squeeze bunt.
The Cardinals have a chance to complete the three-game sweep Sunday with Jaime Garcia on the mound against Gavin Floyd (0-1).