ST. LOUIS (AP) Paul DeJong had two doubles with three RBIs and Randal Grichuk tripled and drove in two as the surging St. Louis Cardinals held off the Atlanta Braves 8-5 on Friday night to win their season-high seventh straight game.
Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright (12-5) went five innings and retired the final eight batters he saw after pitching out of a no-out, bases loaded jam in the third. Wainwright helped himself get out of the jam with just one run scored by finishing a 3-6-1 double play, the third double play turned by the Cardinals in the first three innings.
Kolten Wong, Matt Carpenter and DeJong each had an RBI double as the Cardinals sent nine batters to the plate in a four-run second inning.
Grichuk started a two-run rally in the third with an RBI triple and scored on a single by Wainwright.
DeJong’s two-run double in the eighth gave the Cardinals breathing room.
Ozzie Albies got the Braves back into it in the sixth with a three-run homer off Brett Cecil, who gave up four runs in 2/3 of an inning. Cecil has allowed runs in three of his last four appearances, including six runs in his last one total an inning of work.
John Brebbia, Zach Duke and Matt Bowman, who earned his second save in four tries, pitched scoreless relief for St. Louis. Duke’s strikeout of Freddie Freeman to end the seventh was pivotal as Freeman entered the game 5 for 6 with two homers against Duke.
Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz (10-7) tied a season-high four walks in 2 2/3 innings, his shortest start this season. Five of the Cardinals seven hits off Foltynewicz went for extra bases as Atlanta lost its fourth straight game.
Braves OF Matt Adams received a standing ovation from the 41,928 fans at Busch Stadium during his first plate appearance since being traded from the Cardinals on May 20.
The Cardinals confirmed that the rally cat was found Friday morning.
The feline ran onto the field in the sixth inning of the Cardinals’ 8-5 win over Kansas City on Wednesday night and Yadier Molina hit a grand slam on the very next pitch after the delay.
The cat was eventually picked up by a female fan, who intended to adopt it and take it home. But the cat jumped from her grasp a couple of blocks from the stadium and was missing until being trapped by a feral animal rescue group.
Braves: OF Matt Kemp (right hamstring strain) participated in conditioning drills on the field. Atlanta also received minor league INF Kevin Franklin from Cincinnati as the player to be named later to complete the Brandon Phillips trade.
Cardinals: RHP Lance Lynn checked out positively after taking a 105 mph line drive off his head Thursday night.
Braves: RHP Lucas Sims (0-2, 5.25 ERA) will be making his first career start against St. Louis. He was 7-4 in 19 starts with 132 strikeouts in 115 1/3 innings at Triple-A Gwinnett.
Cardinals: RHP Carlos Martinez (8-9, 3.52 ERA) tied a career-high by giving up seven runs in five innings in a 13-5 loss to Atlanta on Aug. 6, 2016. He is tied for sixth in the National League with 15 quality starts.