McCann gets breather; Ross behind plate

McCann gets breather; Ross behind plate

ST. LOUIS -- Braves catcher Brian McCann received a day off on Sunday. David Ross started behind the plate and hit eighth in the order.

McCann has played in five successive games and planned to start all three games of the series in St. Louis. But Friday's three-hour, 56-minute extra-inning contest forced a change in plans.

"That 12-inning game put a wrench into that," McCann said. "Today is probably a good game to take off."

McCann, who last sat out last Sunday at Colorado, will be back in the lineup when the Braves open a short four-game homestand on Monday against Cincinnati. He will likely start all four games.

McCann is 3-for-10 in the series and helped the Braves score 16 runs over the first two contests.

"We've [executed] all facets of the game pretty well," McCann said. "We're getting good pitching and we're swinging the bats."

Atlanta carried a 6-2 record into the final game of the trip on Sunday.