Lance Berkman reached base seven consecutive times, and the Atlanta Braves probably grew tired of seeing him. The right fielder singled, walked and had an RBI double as the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the wild card leaders by a 4-3 score at Busch Stadium on Saturday night.
The Cardinals got out ahead early, scoring their runs in the first three innings. Rafael Furcal added a pair of hits and finally stole his first base as a Cardinal. It was also the 300th of his career, taken against his long-time club.
Jaime Garcia secured the win, his 12th of the season against seven losses, with six efficient innings. The left-hander required just 74 pitches. Marc Rzepczynski, Fernando Salas and Jason Motte finished the job via a scoreless inning each, with Motte picking up his fourth save.
With their fourth consecutive win, St. Louis has moved to six games behind Milwaukee in the National League Central Division race. They just 5.5 games back of the Braves for the wild card with 17 games remaining. On Sunday, the Cardinals will be making their ninth attempt to win a fifth straight game this season. All previous attempts failed.
Sun., Sept. 11: vs. BRAVES: Jake Westbrook (11-8, 4.65) vs. Tim Hudson (14-9, 3.14) 1:15 p.m. CDT (FOX Sports Midwest, KMOX Radio and Cardinals Radio Network).
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Tony La Russa and Jaime Garcia discuss the win over Atlanta Saturday night.
9/11 Plans at Busch Stadium Sunday
The St. Louis Cardinals with join with Major League Baseball and all teams to observe a National Day of Service and Remembrance to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of September 11, 2001.
Ten years ago, in the wake of worst terrorist attacks in American history, the Major League Baseball family came together to help the nation heal, rebuild and unite, vowing that “We shall not forget.” On Sunday, the Cardinals will renew this promise while paying tribute to all emergency first responders and honoring those lost in the attacks.
More than 5,500 St. Louis area first responders will be in attendance as guests of the Cardinals as the team distributed free tickets to recognize the sacrifice and service of all police, fire and emergency medical technicians as emergency first responders. The team will pay tribute to these men and women during both the pre-game ceremony, as well as during the game.
The pre-game ceremony will start at 1:00 p.m. with a replaying “For America,” the patriotic poem by Jack Buck that was read by the former Cardinals Broadcaster prior to the game the first night that Major League Baseball resumed after the attacks.
The pre-game ceremony will also include leaders representing local first responder agencies, as well as Angela Brock-Bokern, a St. Louis native who survived the World Trade Center attacks in New York City. Brock-Bokern will throw a ceremonial first pitch to Cardinals First-Baseman Albert Pujols, the 2001 National League Rookie of the Year and only remaining player on the current roster from the 2001 team.
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