Cardinals 4, Braves 2
ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Willie McGee and Lance Johnson each drove in two runs in a four-run first inning and rookie left-hander Joe Magrane snapped a four-game personal losing streak as the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Atlanta Braves 4-2 Saturday.
It was the fourth consecutive victory for St. Louis.
Magrane, 7-6, won for only the second time since June 21. He allowed 10 hits in 6 1.3 innings, but worked out of bases-loaded jams in the second and fifth. Todd Worrell, who worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth, picked up his 27th save.
The Cardinals collected three of their five hits in the four-run first.
Vince Coleman led off the inning with a bloop single off loser Charlie Puleo, 5-7. With one out, Terry Pendleton walked, and the runners executed a double steal with Jack Clark at the plate.
After Clark walked to load the bases, McGee delivered a two-run double, stretching his hitting streak to 10 games.
Johnson followed with a two-run single to center.
Coleman stole three bases, raising his major-league leading total to 88. The Cardinals now have stolen 200 bases for six consecutive seasons.
The Braves knocked out Magrane in the seventh. Leadoff hitter Albert Hall walked, stole second, advanced to third on an infield grounder and scored on a double by Gerald Perry.
Reliever Bob Forsch came on to get cleanup hitter Dale Murphy on a called third strike. After walking Gary Roenicke, he retired Ozzie Virgil on an infield groundout to end the inning.
The Braves, who had 12 hits and stranded 13 runners, scored their first run on Murphy’s opposite field homer to lead off the fourth. It was his 36th home run.