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May 18, 2014

Wong’s legs carry Cardinals past Braves

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ST. LOUIS —

Trevor Rosenthal fanned two in the ninth inning, with Upton striking out a fourth time, to earn his 13th save in 14 chances. He has a save in three straight games for the second time in his career.

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez was ejected in the fifth inning for arguing a call that led to a bunt double play. He could face a fine for charging out of the dugout a second time and thought the ball was “maybe 5, 6 inches foul.”

“That’s what I kept asking: Can we get some help from one of the guys on the line?” Gonzalez said. “What are you going to do? We still scored one run.

“But that would have been a nice opportunity to try again to advance a runner,” he added.

Andrelton Simmons had three hits for Atlanta, which lost its third in a row and scored fewer than three runs for the 19th time in 41 games this season.

Miller has won six straight decisions in seven starts after losing his first two of the season. The last three St. Louis starters have worked seven innings.

In the fifth, Harang stayed in the batter’s box after his attempt to sacrifice Simmons to third didn’t go far. Molina pounced on the ball and threw to third, with shortstop Jhonny Peralta covering, for a tag play. Peralta had an easy relay to first to finish with second baseman Wong covering for an unusual 2-6-4 double play.

“What stinks is sometimes it’s those little plays that change the tempo of the game,” Harang said. “If it’s called four, then I can get another one down. It’s tough, you know.”

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