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St. Louis strikes back at Minor, Braves

JUPITER, Fla. -- Bidding to become the fourth straight Atlanta Braves starter to turn in a scoreless outing, Mike Minor almost did it Thursday.

But after giving up just one hit in the first four innings, the left-hander allowed five hits and four runs in the fifth as the St. Louis Cardinals batted around en route to a 5-4 victory.

Minor also issued three of his four walks in the inning. He struck out three and saw his ERA in Grapefruit League action jump from 2.00 to 3.86 in his fourth start.

Blake DeWitt had a two-run single with two outs in the seventh inning to tie the game for the Braves, but the Cardinals scored in the eighth on a two-out double by Matt Adams off Alex Wood.

Jordan Parraz led off the ninth inning with a double, but the Braves couldn't score him.

The Braves are 11-10 in the Grapefruit League and the Cardinals, who were no-hit by Julio Teheran over five innings on Tuesday, improved to 9-8 by snapping a three-game losing streak.

Tony Cruz had a RBI double, Matt Carpenter a two-run triple and Allen Craig a RBI single in the Cardinals' four-run fifth.

The Braves had taken a 2-0 lead in the top of the inning on a RBI groundout by Minor. A single by Jordan Schafer scored the Braves' first run in the third inning.

The Braves will play the New York Mets in a 1:05 p.m. game today at Champion Stadium back in Disney, with Tim Hudson scheduled to get the start.