ST. LOUIS — Brandon Beachy gave his mom an early Mother’s Day present.
With both his parents in the stands, the Kokomo, Ind., native pitched six innings of one-run ball and helped himself with an RBI single as the Atlanta Braves beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-2 on Saturday night.
Beachy (4-1) allowed only two singles and lowered his ERA to 1.60, fifth best in the National League. He struck out six and walked four.
“It’s always good to pitch well in front of your family and friends,” Beachy said. “Having them here gets you going a little more.”
Michael Bourn went 3 for 6 with two RBI and two runs scored for Atlanta, and the homer was his first since Aug. 19, 2011, against Arizona.
“Sometimes you get the ball in the right spot and it goes,” Bourn said. “I got that in the right spot.”
Dan Uggla was on base four times with two hits and two walks for the Braves. He scored twice and drove in a run. Brian McCann also contributed two hits, two RBI and a run scored for the Braves, who are 21-9 in their past 30 games.
All that offense made Beachy’s job much easier.
“The way we’re hitting the ball, if I can throw some zeroes up there we got a good chance to be out front and in control,” Beachy said.
Rafael Furcal had two hits for the Cardinals, including an RBI single, to extend his hitting streak to 11 games.
Atlanta did most of its damage against Cardinals starter Adam Wainright (2-4). Wainright had won all six career starts he’d made against his former team, but he lasted only 4⅓ innings, allowing five runs on nine hits, with five walks and five strikeouts.
“He was around the zone,” Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. “He didn’t have (a) feel for it as much today. It was just one of those days he was trying to fight.”
Wainright, who made 108 pitches overall, threw 30 before recording an out. That came when he struck out the game’s sixth hitter, Chipper Jones, on his 31st pitch.
Prior to getting Jones, Wainright allowed singles to Bourn and Martin Prado and a walk to Freddie Freeman to load the bases. Walks to Uggla and McCann forced in runs.