Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - One year later, the storyline is all too familiar for the Braves. And for one Atlanta player, the curtain has fallen on his extraordinary career. Allen Craig ignited a three-run fourth inning with an RBI double, Matt Holliday smashed a solo homer and the St. Louis Cardinals posted a 6-3 victory over a mistake-prone Braves team in the National League Wild Card playoff game at Turner Field. The winner- take-all contest will not best be remembered for being third baseman Chipper Jones' swan song, but rather for a questionable call that came during a critical moment. Freddie Freeman walked to start the bottom of the eighth for Atlanta and David Ross, subbing for a banged-up Brian McCann, lined a one-out single to center field. Andrelton Simmons then lofted a pop up that fell in between shortstop Pete Kozma and Holliday. Left field umpire Sam Holbrook inexplicably called a late infield fly, resulting in fans littering the field with debris. Following an extended delay, Jason Motte entered from the bullpen and struck out Michael Bourn after walking a pinch-hitting McCann to load the bases. With two outs in the ninth, Jones temporarily prolonged his career and the Braves' season by reaching on a broken-bat infield single. He was safe when second baseman Daniel Descalso's throw pulled Craig's foot off the bag. Freeman followed with a ground-rule double, but Dan Uggla grounded out to end the game.
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