Cardinals 8, Braves 0
ST. LOUIS (AP) _ John Tudor scattered seven hits for his 16th victory in his last 17 decisions and pinch-hitter Cesar Cedeno blasted a grand-slam home run Friday night, leading the St. Louis Cardinals over the Atlanta Braves 8-0.
The victory was the fourth straight for the Cardinals, who began the night with a one-game lead over New York in the National League East.
Tudor, 17-8, pitched his second straight shutout and raised his major league-leading total to eight. The 31-year-old left-hander struck out seven and walked one and lowered his earned run average to 1.95.
Tudor added two hits, including a triple, and Darrell Porter homered during a 10-hit attack.
Singles by Vince Coleman, Tommy Herr and Andy Van Slyke in the first inning gave St. Louis a 1-0 against Rick Mahler, 17-14. Tudor tripled with two outs in the second and scored on Coleman’s single.
Porter hit his eighth homer in the third and the Cardinals then erupted for five runs in the sixth.
Herr drew a leadoff walk and Porter singled. Zane Smith relieved Mahler and walked pinch-hitter Tito Landrum walked, loading the bases, before Terry Pendleton singled home a run.
Cedeno, batting for Mike Jorgensen, greeted Gene Garber with a long drive into the left-field seats for his fifth career grand slam. The homer was the fifth of the season for Cedeno, three with Cincinnati and two with the Cardinals.