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      Beltran and Carpenter homer to lead Cards past Braves 6-2

      Rookie Shelby Miller worked seven innings of three-hit ball, Matt Carpenter and Carlos Beltran each homered and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Atlanta Braves for the third straight time, 6-2 Saturday night.

      Freddie Freeman homered for the NL East-leading Braves, who totaled five runs while dropping three in a row for the first time since July 3-5.

      Julio Teheran (10-7) allowed a season-worst five walks and was charged with four runs.

      Miller (12-8) worked more than six innings for the first time in 13 starts since June 1.

      He struck out six without walking a batter while pitching with no more than a one-run cushion against a fellow 22-year-old right-hander.

      Center fielder Jon Jay made a leaping catch at the wall to rob Brian McCann of at least extra bases in the seventh.

      The Cardinals, who began the night a game back in the NL Central, go for a four-game sweep Sunday with Lance Lynn (13-7) opposing Mike Minor (12-5).