Andrelton Simmons proved to be the unlikely hero in the Atlanta Braves' second consecutive win over the St. Louis Cardinals; he provided a clutch two-run double in a 2-0 final at Turner Field on Saturday.
Simmons' double capped off an eighth inning rally started when Freddie Freeman drew a lead-off walk off Cardinals' reliever Randy Choate. Choate was pulled two batters later when Brian McCann singled, leading to Trevor Rosenthal being brought in. Rosenthal struck out Dan Uggla but walked Chris Johnson to load the bases with two outs.
That setup Simmons to rip a 2-1 fastball clocked at 99 miles per hour from Rosenthal to left-center to drive in the only two runs of the game.
But even more impressive than Atlanta's rally over the National League Central leaders was Julio Teheran's frighteningly good outing. Teheran gave up just two hits and no runs in seven innings, sitting down 19 of the last 20 Cardinals' batters he faced.
Teheran also finished with six strikeouts before being removed for pinch-hitter Joey Terdoslavich, whose double put the Braves at second and third in the bottom of the seventh. After Jason Heyward was intentionally walked, Justin Upton grounded into a double play on the first pitch he saw from Seth Maness, ending the inning.
Cardinals' starter Joe Kelly was solid in his own right, holding the Braves to seven hits in 6 1/3 scoreless innings.
Craig Kimbrel recorded his 30th save of the season, joining John Smoltz as the only Braves pitchers with three 30-save seasons.
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