The Atlanta Braves beat the St. Louis Cardinals 8-4 on Thursday night in the finale of a three-game set at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, MO, which allowed the Braves to sweep the series and get above .500 for the first time during the 2021 season.

Atlanta notched six runs in the top of the eighth inning to surge ahead of the Cardinals; that included a game-tying, two-run homer by Austin Riley.

The Braves proceeded to score four more runs on bases-loaded walks in that inning to secure the win, again, by a final score of 8-4.

Joc Pederson contributed a solo home run in the fourth. Edgar Santana was credited with the win in relief.

The Braves are now 55-54 on the season and remain in the third place of the National League East, but now only a game and a half behind the first place New York Mets. They will be back on their home field at Truist Park tonight to open a six-game homestand with the first of three division outings against the Washington Nationals. The first pitch is set for 7:20 pm. That game will be broadcast on WLAQ 1410 AM and 96.9 FM; air time is 6:05 pm.