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LHP Mike Minor efficiently shut down St. Louis on July 26 at Turner Field, allowing just four hits and a run in seven innings of a 4-1 victory. Minor was plastered for 15 hits and 10 runs in his previous 9 2/3 innings against the Cardinals, who he'll face in Sunday's series finale. He was moved up to take the place of RHP Brandon Beachy, who went on the disabled list Friday with right elbow inflammation.

LHP Mike Minor efficiently shut down St. Louis on July 26 at Turner Field, allowing just four hits and a run in seven innings of a 4-1 victory. Minor was plastered for 15 hits and 10 runs in his previous 9 2/3 innings against the Cardinals, who he'll face in Sunday's series finale. He was moved up to take the place of RHP Brandon Beachy, who went on the disabled list Friday with right elbow inflammation.

1B Freddie Freeman has been the one hot bat in this series for the Braves, stretching his hitting streak to seven games with a first-inning homer. Freeman also scalded two other balls right at 2B Kolten Wong, playing in short right field on an overshifted defensive aligment, for outs. Freeman is 13-for-30 during his streak.

1B Freddie Freeman has been the one hot bat in the series against the Cardinals, stretching his hitting streak to seven games with a first-inning homer. Freeman also scalded two other balls right at 2B Kolten Wong, playing in short right field on an overshifted defensive aligment, for outs. Freeman is 13-for-30 during his streak.

RHP Julio Teheran fought surprising control problems -- he walked five -- to keep Atlanta within 2-1 going into the seventh. But back-to-back singles to start the inning knocked him out and reliever David Carpenter let both inherited runners score, dooming Teheran to a loss. Teheran threw just 64 of 110 pitches for strikes and did well to keep his struggling lineup close.

RHP Julio Teheran fought surprising control problems -- he walked five -- to keep Atlanta within 2-1 going into the seventh inning on Saturday night. But back-to-back singles to start the inning knocked him out and reliever David Carpenter let both inherited runners score, dooming Teheran to a loss. Teheran threw just 64 of 110 pitches for strikes and did well to keep his struggling lineup close.

3B Chris Johnson beat out his eighth infield single of the year in the fourth inning, fourth on the club. It was his lone hit in four at-bats and dropped his average to .331, five points behind St. Louis C Yadier Molina for the league lead.

3B Chris Johnson beat out his eighth infield single of the year in the fourth inning on Saturday night. It was his lone hit in four at-bats and dropped his average to .331, five points behind St. Louis C Yadier Molina for the league lead.

RF Jason Heyward underwent surgery Friday in Atlanta to repair his fractured jaw, suffered when he was beaned Wednesday by the New York Mets' Jonathan Niese. Heyward had two plates placed in his jaw, one on each fracture, and could miss the regular season's remainder. Heyward was hitting .349-5-15 since moving into the leadoff spot on July 27.

RF Jason Heyward underwent surgery on Friday in Atlanta to repair his fractured jaw, suffered when he was beaned Wednesday by the New York Mets' Jonathan Niese. Heyward had two plates placed in his jaw, one on each fracture, and could miss the regular season's remainder. Heyward was hitting .349 since moving into the leadoff spot on July 27.

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