The difference between the Cardinals and the Braves, who generally are better than the Cardinals, is that the Cardinals' bullpen is far superior. Relievers Ryan Franklin and Jason Isringhausen (4-0) both worked two scoreless innings for St. Louis. Meanwhile, the Cardinals hit home runs off three different Atlanta relievers.
Second baseman Aaron Miles, a good late-inning player for the Cardinals in both years he has been with them, singled to open the 10th against Tyler Yates. After shortstop David Eckstein had a rare strikeout (only his 11th), center fielder Skip Schumaker, another late-game replacement, cracked a two-run homer. Schumaker, who has been up and down a couple of times between St. Louis and Memphis, is making a strong bid to stay this time after going 15 for his last 30.
Third baseman Scott Rolen, who didn't seem sharp in his first three at-bats after sitting out four games because of a shoulder issue, then yanked a three-run homer off Oscar Villereal just inside the left-field foul pole. That was Rolen's first homer since June 18 and only his fifth of the season.
CARDINALS 7, BRAVES 2 (10 innings): The Cardinals hit three homers in the final three innings to overcome an Atlanta lead and gain a split in a four-game series. Brad Thompson gave the Cardinals six strong innings, but they trailed 2-1 while he was in the game. Albert Pujols hit his sixth homer in 10 games on this trip to tie the game in the eighth.
NOTES AND QUOTES
--1B Albert Pujols, who had his 22nd homer, also doubled and walked twice as he reached base four times in five plate appearances.
--The Cardinals came to terms Saturday with SS Pete Kozma, their first-round draft pick in June. Kozma probably will be assigned to short-season Johnson City.
--3B Scott Rolen, out for four games after receiving a cortisone shot in his left shoulder, returned to the lineup on Sunday night at Atlanta.
BY THE NUMBERS: 21 -- Number of games out of the last 67 that the Cardinals had left with Milwaukee and the Chicago Cubs.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I expect to pitch like I've been pitching, not like I was pitching before." -- RHP Adam Wainwright, who gave up only three earned runs over 21 innings in a three-game winning streak after struggling in the first half of the season.