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Braves’ Slide at Seven

  • St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Allen Craig (21) scores on a Peter Bourjos (8) base hit as Atlanta Braves catcher Evan Gattis (24) handles the late throw in the sixth inning of a baseball game Monday, May 5, 2014 in Atlanta.  (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Allen Craig (21) scores on a Peter Bourjos (8) base hit as Atlanta Braves catcher Evan Gattis (24) handles the late throw in the sixth inning of a baseball game Monday, May 5, 2014 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Allen Craig (21) scores on a Peter Bourjos (8) base hit as Atlanta Braves catcher Evan Gattis (24) handles the late throw in the sixth inning of a baseball game Monday, May 5, 2014 in Atlanta.  (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Allen Craig (21) scores on a Peter Bourjos (8) base hit as Atlanta Braves catcher Evan Gattis (24) handles the late throw in the sixth inning of a baseball game Monday, May 5, 2014 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • Atlanta Braves left fielder Justin Upton (8) flips his bat as he walks back to the dugout after striking out in the third inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Monday, May 5, 2014 in Atlanta.  (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Atlanta Braves left fielder Justin Upton (8) flips his bat as he walks back to the dugout after striking out in the third inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Monday, May 5, 2014 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • Atlanta Braves left fielder Justin Upton (8) flips his bat as he walks back to the dugout after striking out in the third inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Monday, May 5, 2014 in Atlanta.  (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Atlanta Braves left fielder Justin Upton (8) flips his bat as he walks back to the dugout after striking out in the third inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Monday, May 5, 2014 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Shelby Miller (40) works against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning of a baseball game Monday, May 5, 2014 in Atlanta.  (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Shelby Miller (40) works against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning of a baseball game Monday, May 5, 2014 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Shelby Miller (40) works against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning of a baseball game Monday, May 5, 2014 in Atlanta.  (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Shelby Miller (40) works against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning of a baseball game Monday, May 5, 2014 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • St. Louis Cardinals Peter Bourjos (8) is forced out at third base by Atlanta Braves third baseman Chris Johnson as he tries to advance on a Yadier Molina  base hit in the sixth inning of a baseball game Monday, May 5, 2014, in Atlanta.  (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    St. Louis Cardinals Peter Bourjos (8) is forced out at third base by Atlanta Braves third baseman Chris Johnson as he tries to advance on a Yadier Molina base hit in the sixth inning of a baseball game Monday, May 5, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter (13) follows through with a two-run double in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves Monday, May 5, 2014 in Atlanta.  (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter (13) follows through with a two-run double in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves Monday, May 5, 2014 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter (13) follows through with a two-run double in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves Monday, May 5, 2014 in Atlanta.  (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter (13) follows through with a two-run double in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves Monday, May 5, 2014 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • St. Louis Cardinals Peter Bourjos (8) is forced out at third base by Atlanta Braves third baseman Chris Johnson as he tries to advance on a Yadier Molina  base hit in the sixth inning of a baseball game Monday, May 5, 2014, in Atlanta.  (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    St. Louis Cardinals Peter Bourjos (8) is forced out at third base by Atlanta Braves third baseman Chris Johnson as he tries to advance on a Yadier Molina base hit in the sixth inning of a baseball game Monday, May 5, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Allen Craig (21) scores on a Peter Bourjos (8) base hit as Atlanta Braves catcher Evan Gattis (24) handles the late throw in the sixth inning of a baseball game Monday, May 5, 2014 in Atlanta.  (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Allen Craig (21) scores on a Peter Bourjos (8) base hit as Atlanta Braves catcher Evan Gattis (24) handles the late throw in the sixth inning of a baseball game Monday, May 5, 2014 in Atlanta.  (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • Atlanta Braves left fielder Justin Upton (8) flips his bat as he walks back to the dugout after striking out in the third inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Monday, May 5, 2014 in Atlanta.  (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • Atlanta Braves left fielder Justin Upton (8) flips his bat as he walks back to the dugout after striking out in the third inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Monday, May 5, 2014 in Atlanta.  (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Shelby Miller (40) works against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning of a baseball game Monday, May 5, 2014 in Atlanta.  (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Shelby Miller (40) works against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning of a baseball game Monday, May 5, 2014 in Atlanta.  (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • St. Louis Cardinals Peter Bourjos (8) is forced out at third base by Atlanta Braves third baseman Chris Johnson as he tries to advance on a Yadier Molina  base hit in the sixth inning of a baseball game Monday, May 5, 2014, in Atlanta.  (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter (13) follows through with a two-run double in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves Monday, May 5, 2014 in Atlanta.  (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter (13) follows through with a two-run double in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves Monday, May 5, 2014 in Atlanta.  (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • St. Louis Cardinals Peter Bourjos (8) is forced out at third base by Atlanta Braves third baseman Chris Johnson as he tries to advance on a Yadier Molina  base hit in the sixth inning of a baseball game Monday, May 5, 2014, in Atlanta.  (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Atlanta — Matt Carpenter’s two-run double in the fifth inning helped carry the St. Louis Cardinals past the slumping Atlanta Braves, who shook up their lineup but still lost their seventh in a row, 4-3, on Monday night.

Desperate for more offense, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez batted pitcher Aaron Harang eighth and put second baseman Ramiro Pena in the ninth spot.

Pena had two hits, including a seventh-inning homer that brought the Braves within a run, but they couldn’t overcome a 4-0 deficit.

Taking advantage of shaky defense, Carpenter doubled in two runs and Matt Holiday followed with a run-scoring single. Peter Bourjos had an RBI single in the sixth to extend St. Louis’ lead.

Marlins 4, Mets 3

Miami — Casey McGehee hit a sharp grounder that caromed into right field off the back of reliever Gonzalez Germen’s foot, allowing the winning run to score, and Miami rallied late from a three-run deficit to beat New York.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a tying double in the eighth off Daisuke Matsuzaka, who failed to retire any of the five batters he faced in relief of Jonathon Niese.

Giancarlo Stanton had an RBI single and the Marlins scored another run on shortstop Omar Quintanilla’s fielding error in the eighth.

American League

Twins 1, Indians 0 (10)

Cleveland — Eduardo Escobar homered leading off the 10th inning against Cleveland closer John Axford, giving Minnesota a win over the Indians.

Escobar, who entered as a pinch-hitter in the seventh, connected on a 1-0 pitch from Axford (0-3), driving it over the wall in right for his first homer since June 20 and fourth of his career in 344 at-bats.

It was the second straight loss for Axford, who gave up a three-run homer in the ninth to Chicago’s Dayan Viciedo on Sunday as the White Sox rallied for a 4-3 win.

Tigers 2, Astros 0

Detroit — Max Scherzer pitched three-hit ball and struck out nine over eight innings, leading Detroit past Houston for the Tigers’ season-high sixth straight victory.

Rajai Davis broke a scoreless tie with an RBI single in the seventh and Victor Martinez hit a solo homer in the eighth. The Tigers have the best record in the AL.

Interleague

Blue Jays 3, Phillies 0

Philadelphia — Jose Reyes hit a leadoff homer, J.A. Happ tossed three-hit ball over five innings and Toronto beat Philadelphia.

Facing his former team, Happ (1-0) walked four and pitched out of trouble often in his first start of the season. The left-hander was filling in for injured righty Brendan Morrow. Four relievers finished off the seven-hitter.

Kyle Kendrick (0-3) lost his eighth straight decision, dating to last season. He gave up three runs and seven hits in seven innings.

The Phillies failed to go two games above .500 for the first time since Oct. 1, 2012. They are 0-4 in those situations this season.