With the win, the Cards remained a game behind the National League Central-leading Cubs, who beat the D-backs, 8-3.
St. Louis scored early and often, posting a four-run second to grab a 4-0 lead. They proceeded to chase starter Mike Foltynewicz in the third after an RBI triple by Randal Grichuk and an RBI single by Adam Wainwright. The RBI was the right-hander's 11th, which leads all Major League pitchers.
A missed opportunity: In the third, the Braves appeared primed to put up a big response to the Cardinals' offensive eruption. Wainwright walked the bases loaded after Foltynewicz and Ender Inciarte hit back-to-back singles. The pitcher's hit was just his third of the season. They were ultimately able to only get one run across, however, after Freddie Freeman hit into a 3-6-1 double play and Nick Markakis flew out to center field, ending the inning.
"He was tough. The last time I faced him in the spring, he was throwing 94 [mph] with a sharp curveball. Today, it was just like an R.A. Dickey fastball." -- Albies, on facing Wainwright
"I think I got a couple in the 50's. It didn't register, but a couple of those curveballs were in the 50's, I would bet." -- Wainwright, on his slowest pitches of the night
SOUND SMART WITH YOUR FRIENDS
The Cardinals have scored eight runs in six straight games for the first time since April 11-16, 2011, tying the franchise record. The club also achieved the feat Sept. 9-15, 1922.
ADAMS GETS OVATION
Adams figured he would be greeted warmly by the Cardinals fans in his return to Busch Stadium, but the second-inning ovation from the crowd of 41,928 was even better than he had anticipated.
Braves: Seeking his first Major League victory, right-hander Lucas Sims (0-2, 5.25 ERA) will make his third career start Saturday at 7:15 p.m. ET against the Cardinals. The 23-year-old allowed four runs in six innings against the Marlins in his last start.
Cardinals: Carlos Martinez (8-9, 3.52 ERA) will take the mound at 6:15 p.m. CT on Saturday in the middle game of the three-game set. The right-hander is coming off his best start since the All-Star break, allowing just two runs over eight innings against the Royals.
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Alaina Getzenberg is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Louis. br> Nate Latsch is a contributor to MLB.com based in St. Louis and covered the Braves on Friday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.