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Cards trampled by Braves 10-2, lose fourth consecutive series

ATLANTA — Manager Mike Shildt almost always looks for a positive spin he can put on a Cardinals defeat, if there is one. And there have been plenty lately, 11 losses in 14 games, which would test even college graduate Shildt’s ample vocabulary.

There was little upside apparent to the naked eye Thursday night, for instance. Poor starting pitching. Equally as unsteady relief pitching. Scant offense. A couple of grounders that could have been had scooted by for run-scoring singles.

There was that jumping catch that center fielder Harrison Bader made near the wall to end the eighth.