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Braves fall to St. Louis 12-2 as Cardinals rough up Atlanta pitchers
Atlanta Braves right fielder Nick Markakis drops a fly ball in the third inning against the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday in Atlanta. - photo by Brett Davis

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Braves couldn’t hit, couldn’t field and couldn’t throw strikes.

Even manager Fredi Gonzalez had to give a harsh review to the all-around poor play.

The Braves managed only four hits, committed three errors and walked nine batters as they fell to Carlos Martinez and the St. Louis Cardinals 12-2 on Saturday night.

At 0-4, Atlanta is the only NL team without a victory this season.

“We’re not looking real pretty right now in all aspects of the game,” Gonzalez said. “Today’s game was not a good game for us.”

The Cardinals had 14 hits, loading the bases in four innings. They scored at least one run in every inning except the first and sixth.

“There’s no panic going on, but it’s not really good baseball our fans are watching right now,” Gonzalez said.

Julio Teheran (0-1) gave up four earned runs on six hits and four walks in four innings. He also threw two wild pitches.

“I don’t want to make excuses, but it was one of those nights you want to just put away and forget,” Teheran said.

Teheran loaded the bases with three walks in the first. As a bookend to the collection of shaky pitching, Jason Grilli walked three batters in the ninth.

Kolten Wong had three hits and scored three runs. He also reached on a three-base error by Braves right fielder Nick Markakis that Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said should have been ruled a triple.

Matheny said he planned to have the third-inning error reviewed. The ball dropped off Markakis’s glove in right-center.

Center fielder Drew Stubbs lost the ball and Markakis also appeared to struggle with the poor lighting at dusk.

Markakis had a run-scoring double and scored on Freddie Freeman’s single in the third for the Braves’ only runs.

Martinez drove in two runs, matching the total he allowed in six innings. Aledmys Diaz had two hits, including an RBI off John Gant in the eighth. Leadoff hitter Matt Carpenter had two hits and two walks.

“We know that we can hit,” Wong said. “It’s all about us kind of getting together. Hitting is contagious. Once a couple guys start getting hot, it usually ends up with the whole team hitting. That’s good for us.”

Martinez (1-0) allowed two runs on four hits and three walks.


The temperatures fell from 60 degrees for the first pitch into the 40s. The breezy, chilly conditions may have contributed to the combined six errors, 12 walks and four wild pitches. Braves pitchers threw three wild pitches.


The Cardinals have scored a combined 19 runs while winning the first two games of the weekend series. They were held to only seven runs in three losses at Pittsburgh to open the season.


Cardinals: Martinez, 24, threw 99 pitches in his 38th career start. … Rookie CF Jeremy Hazelbaker earned the start and hit second following his pinch-hit HR on Friday night. He went 1 for 4 with a walk, scored a run, drove in one and stole a base.

Braves: CF Ender Inciarte did not play after leaving Friday night’s game with a tight left hamstring. Gonzalez said Inciarte was “a lot better” on Saturday. Inciarte may be held out again Sunday, and the prospect of cold, wet weather in Washington early next week could keep him out of the lineup longer if he still has any discomfort.


Cardinals: RHP Adam Wainwright will make his second try for his first win of the season when he starts in Sunday’s final game of the series against the Braves. Wainwright is 8-2 with a 2.54 ERA in 15 career games, including 10 starts, against Atlanta.

Braves: RHP Williams Perez, who was 7-6 with a 4.78 ERA in 2015, will make his first start on Sunday. It will be his first appearance against the Cardinals.

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