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McClellan, Birds Blank Braves 4-0

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JUPITER, FL. (AP) — Kyle McClellan made another strong statement in his bid for the St. Louis Cardinals’ vacant starting spot, allowing one hit in five scoreless innings in a 4-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday.

Derek Lowe also was stingy in a five-inning stint, giving up a run on four hits. But the Braves were held to three hits for a two-game total of one run on five hits with five errors, four of them on Tuesday.

Before the two-game series, the Braves had won four in a row and outscored opponents 27-3.

Skip Schumaker had two hits and three RBIs for St. Louis with a two-run single off Scott Proctor to cap a three-run sixth that made it 4-0. The runs were unearned after first baseman Freddie Freeman couldn’t handle Yadier Molina’s liner for an error.

McClellan was a setup man the last two seasons and is expected to step in for 20-game winner Adam Wainwright, out for the season following reconstructive elbow surgery this spring. He struck out five and walked two. In three starts, the last two against the Braves, he has given up one run in 12 innings.

Lowe has given up one run in 14 spring innings, the first coming when Colby Rasmus doubled with one out in the second and scored on Schumaker’s two-out single. Schumaker is batting .414 with four RBIs.

Copyright Associated Press

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