Originally created 03/15/05

Braves hammer Cardinals



JUPITER, Fla. - John Thomson had another scoreless outing Monday, and the Atlanta Braves hit three home runs off St. Louis starter Jeff Suppan in a 5-1 win over the Cardinals.

The Braves had home runs from Raul Mondesi, Rafael Furcal and Andruw Jones, who hit a two-run blast. The victory ended a five-game losing streak for the Braves, who started the exhibition season with six straight wins.

Thomson, who was 14-8 with the Braves in 2004, has not allowed a run in nine innings over three spring outings. He allowed three hits in four innings on Monday, including two to leadoff hitter David Eckstein.

Suppan went four innings and allowed five runs. "You never want to get hit around, but it is only my second outing," Suppan said.

"There's always things to work on in spring training, and I'm going to keep working on them. Right now, I'm really not looking at results."

Adam Wainwright, a former Atlanta prospect, pitched two scoreless innings after following Suppan to the mound. He has not allowed a run in two outings over four innings.

With the Cardinals' starting rotation about set, Wainwright many observers say Wainwright has little chance to make the team. Manager Tony La Russa disagrees.

"If he gives us the best chance to win if he is on our club, then he'll be on the club. What he has to do is keep pitching the way he did today," La Russa said.

Wainwright said he thinks he can make the roster. "For me to pitch my best, I have to believe I can make the team. If not, I'd just be going through the motions."

Chris Carpenter will be on the mound for the Cardinals Tuesday against the Orioles. The Braves' Horacio Ramirez will face the Dodgers.