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Conrad Has Big Hit, Braves Beat Cards
ATLANTA (AP) -- Brooks Conrad recaptured his pinch-hit magic of 2010, driving in the winning run in the ninth inning to give the Atlanta Braves a 6-5 win over the St. Louis Cardinals Monday.

Conrad, who had three homers, including two grand slams, and drove in 12 runs as a pinch-hitter last season, hit a bloop single to center off Ryan Franklin to drive in Alex Gonzalez from second base.

Gonzalez, who had a two-run homer in the fifth, opened the ninth with a pop fly off Franklin (0-3) that bounced off shortstop Ryan Theriot's glove for an error. Gonzalez moved to second on Joe Mather's sacrifice before Franklin walked Nate McLouth.

Jonny Venters (1-0) pitched a perfect ninth.
Derek Lowe gave up six hits and four runs in five innings three days after his DUI arrest.

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