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DeJong, Grichuk lead streaking Cardinals past Braves 8-5

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright throws during the first inning. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Paul DeJong had two doubles with three RBIs and Randal Grichuk tripled and drove in two as the surging St. Louis Cardinals held off the Atlanta Braves 8-5 on Friday night to win their season-high seventh straight game.

Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright (12-5) went five innings and retired the final eight batters he saw after pitching out of a no-out, bases loaded jam in the third. Wainwright helped himself get out of the jam with just one run scored by finishing a 3-6-1 double play, the third double play turned by the Cardinals in the first three innings.

Kolten Wong, Matt Carpenter and DeJong each had an RBI double as the Cardinals sent nine batters to the plate in a four-run second inning.

Grichuk started a two-run rally in the third with an RBI triple and scored on a single by Wainwright.

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