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Cardinals lose 5-2 as Braves complete 3-game sweep

Monday - 7/29/2013, 12:45am  ET

The St. Louis Cardinals react from their dugout during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field, Sunday, July 28, 2013, in Atlanta. The Braves won 5-2 to sweep the series. (AP Photo/David Tulis)

AP Sports Writer

ATLANTA (AP) -- The St. Louis Cardinals' bats fell flat in Atlanta during a three-game series between NL division leaders.

That leaves little margin for error in their upcoming four-game showdown for the Central lead.

The Cardinals were swept in three games at Atlanta for the first time in 10 years Sunday night as Jason Heyward homered and drove in two runs to help the Braves beat St. Louis 5-2.

St. Louis still boasts baseball's best record but leads Pittsburgh by only 1
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