With the lineup they envisioned employing as the season began, the Cardinals beat the Atlanta Braves 5-2 Friday at Busch Stadium.

The victory was the third in a row for the Cardinals (22-20), keyed by multi-hit nights from Allen Craig, Kolten Wong, Yadier Molina and Matt Adams.

Recently recalled from Memphis and re-inserted as the starting second baseman, Wong had two hits, a run and a stolen base. Playing right field and batting cleanup, Craig had three hits, a run batted in and two runs scored.

Craig, Molina and Matt Holliday combined for run-scoring blows during the decisive fifth, that broke open a 2-2 game. Adams doubled home a run in the second.

The Braves were 14-0 when scoring first this season - until their last two starts. Despite getting a 1-0 lead in the second, and a 2-1 edge in the fourth, the visitors lost their second consecutive game in which they struck first.

Starter Lance Lynn was resilient while improving to 5-2. The righthander worked a busy seven innings, allowing seven hits and two walks. But he kept the lid on and kept his team solvent while fanning three. Atlanta starter Ervin Santana (4-1) suffered his first loss of the season.

With Wong at second, Peter Bourjos in center, Craig in right and Adams on first - the kind of lineup they projected - the Cardinals offense produced 13 hits to support Lynn.

Bourjos wound up being ejected from the game in the fourth, after ending the inning with a strikeout and saying something to home umpire Sean Barber. A heated manager Mike Matheny then confronted Barber, appearing to bump the ump at one point, before also being ejected.

Lynn got stout relief help from Carlos Martinez and Trevor Rosenthal. Martinez needed only four pitches to retire the Braves in the eighth. Rosenthal pitched a 1-2-3 ninth and struck out two to earn his 12th save in 13 save opportunities.

The clubs play again at 1:15 on Saturday at Busch Stadium.