ST. LOUIS (AP) - Adam Wainwright earned his NL-leading 15th win with his fifth complete game and had a key sacrifice fly to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 3-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Friday night.
Matt Holliday's 432-foot home run off Kris Medlen (10-12) snapped a sixth-inning tie for St. Louis, which took the first two games of a four-game set against the NL East leaders.
Having already thrown 101 pitches, Wainwright was allowed to bat with the one out and the bases loaded in the seventh inning and hit a long sacrifice fly off Scott Downs for his third RBI of the season to make it 3-1. He then retired the side in order in the eighth.
Atlanta Braves slugger Justin Upton was ejected after arguing with home plate umpire Paul Nauert while leaving the field after a groundout.
Upton broke into a sprint somewhere around the mound during the sixth inning, but manager Fredi Gonzalez was already on the field to keep the two apart. It was unclear what angered Upton, who was 0 for 3 and took a called third strike to end the third on Friday night.
Evan Gattis replaced Upton at the second slot in the order and played left field, with Jordan Schafer moving from left to right.
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