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      Braves avoid sweep, beat Cards 5-2

      Mike Minor bounced back from the shortest outing of his career with seven strong innings and Andrelton Simmons homered to lead the Atlanta Braves to a 5-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday.

      Atlanta, which has the best record in the NL, broke a three-game losing streak and salvaged the final game of the four-game set.

      St. Louis had a four-game winning streak snapped.

      Minor (13-5) gave up one run on six hits. He struck out two and walked one.

      He was pitching on seven days rest after allowing four runs in 1 2-3 innings against Washington on Aug. 17.

      Minor, who legged out an infield hit in the seventh, recorded his team-high 19th quality start.

      Simmons hit his 12th homer of the season, a solo shot in the seventh that gave the Braves a 4-1 lead.