Kris Medlen’s win streak was broken, and the Atlanta Braves’ season ended with an ugly display by bottle-throwing fans.
Matt Holliday hit a solo home run and the defending World Series-champion St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Braves 6-3 today in the first wild-card playoff game in Major League Baseball history.
The game was interrupted for about 20 minutes in the eighth inning when fans at Atlanta’s Turner Field pelted the field with bottles and cans after an umpire’s controversial call.
The Cardinals move on to face the Washington Nationals in a National League Division Series. The Braves, who had won a record 23 straight games started by Medlen, were eliminated from the playoffs.
The Texas Rangers host the Baltimore Orioles tonight in the AL wild-card playoff, with the winner advancing to a division series against the New York Yankees.
David Ross hit a two-run homer for the Braves in the second inning. The Cardinals responded with three runs in the fourth and Holliday added his home run in the sixth to make it 4-2. The Cardinals scored two more in the seventh on two errors by Atlanta, the NL’s best fielding team this season.
The fan reaction came after an umpire invoked the infield fly rule, which means the batter is automatically out, on a popup by the Braves’ Andrelton Simmons that fell safely to the ground in short left field. The call helped end an Atlanta rally.