MLB: St. Louis 6, Atlanta 2

Aug. 22, 2013 at 11:41 PM

ST. LOUIS, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- Carlos Beltran gave St. Louis the lead Thursday with the second of three sixth-inning, RBI doubles that lifted the Cardinals past Atlanta 6-2.

St. Louis faced a one-run deficit heading into the bottom of the sixth, but the Cardinals struck in that inning against Paul Maholm and went on to win their second in a row.

Pete Kozma drew a one-out walk from Maholm (9-10) and went to second on a sacrifice by pitcher Joe Kelly.

Matt Carpenter, Beltran and Matt Holliday then produced consecutive doubles in the span of 11 pitches to give the Cardinals a 4-2 lead.

David Freese added two RBI for St. Louis on a groundout in the fourth and a single in the seventh.

Kelly (5-3) lasted six innings to get the win, giving up two runs on seven hits. Three relievers blanked the Braves on two hits.

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