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The Atlanta Braves continued their strong start to the 2021 season with an 8-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.
Ronald Acuña Jr. and Charlie Morton were the stars of the night, as Acuña hit a two-run homer and Morton pitched five scoreless innings to earn the win.
Acuña put the Braves on the board in the first inning with a two-run homer off Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright. The home run was Acuña's ninth of the season and extended his hitting streak to 13 games.
Morton was in control on the mound, allowing just two hits and striking out five in five scoreless innings. He outdueled Wainwright, who allowed four runs in five innings.
The Braves added to their lead with a two-run double by Ehire Adrianza in the fourth inning, and a solo homer by Marcell Ozuna in the sixth.
The Cardinals mounted a late rally, scoring four runs in the eighth inning, but it was too little, too late.
The Braves improved to 19-9 on the season and remain atop the National League East standings. The Cardinals dropped to 11-16 and are in fourth place in the NL Central.
Acuña and Morton led the way for the Braves, as Acuña finished 2-for-4 with the two-run homer and Morton earned the win with five scoreless innings. Ozuna and Adrianza also contributed with a homer and a double, respectively.
The Braves will look to continue their winning ways on Wednesday afternoon, when they face the Cardinals again.