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Spring Training: Four-run eighth inning leads Braves to 8-8 tie with Cardinals
Atlanta grabbed lead with Jace Peterson's two-run double in the 8th
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The St. Louis Cardinals' Greg Garcia (35) is forced out at second base by Atlanta Braves infielder Jace Petersona, left, but was able to break up the double play in the second inning of Wednesday's spring training game in Kissimmee, Fla. - photo by John Raoux

Jaime Garcia cruised through three innings before allowing four runs on four hits and the St. Louis Cardinals blew a three-run lead before playing to an 8-8 tie with the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday.

Kolten Wong and Jedd Gyorko both drove in runs as the Cardinals took a quick 3-0 lead off Braves starter Jhoulys Chacin, who gave up three runs on eight hits in three innings pitched.

Garcia allowed just a hit through his first three innings, but after a lead-off single by Ozzie Albies and walk to Jeff Francoeur, Hector Olivera and Gordon Beckham both drove in runs. Ryan Lavarnway hit a two-run double for the Braves’ 4-3 lead in the fourth.

The Braves had a four-run eighth behind a two-RBI double by Jace Peterson to regain the lead.

Carlos Peguero hit a pinch-hit solo homer in the ninth to tie the game.

 

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