St. Louis Cardinals defeat Atlanta Braves, 3-2

ATLANTA - If it walks like a closer, throws like a closer but refuses to talk like a closer, then it must be Ryan Franklin.

Franklin locked down his sixth save of the season Monday in the Cardinals' tense 3-2 win over the Atlanta Braves. He did it with a perfect ninth inning for his sixth conversion in as many chances. Four of the saves have come in the Cardinals' seven games leading up to tonight's match-up of Kyle Lohse against Braves lefthander Jo-Jo Reyes. Franklin'...

ATLANTA - The last time Joel Piñeiro won four consecutive starts occurred during the Seattle Mariners' Summer of '03, when Ryan Franklin shared a berth in the M's rotation.

Before this month, the last time Piñeiro put so much trust in those behind him was, well, never.

Monday night, the same guy who entered spring training as the fifth wheel of the Cardinals' rotation emerged with a well-oiled 3-2 win over the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. Rather than try to dazzle...