ST. LOUIS -- Braves rookie right-hander Randall Delgado earned another start with a strong five-inning effort in a 4-3 10-inning loss to the Cardinals on Friday.
Delgado allowed just one run on three hits. He walked three and threw 93 pitches.
"The first couple innings, I was a little uncomfortable," he said. "But I made a few adjustments and it wasn't too bad."
Delgado was in line for his first Major League win. He left with a 2-1 lead and the Braves carried a 3-1 cushion into the bottom of the ninth before closer Craig Kimbrel blew his first save since June 8.
"He competed," Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez said of Delgado. "If you had to critique him really hard, 100 or so pitches in five innings is a lot of work."
Gonzales was impressed enough to give Delgado another shot. The native of Panama will make his fifth start Wednesday afternoon against Florida.
Gonzalez also announced that rookie Julio Teheran will go to the bullpen. Teheran picked up his first win in a 5-1 triumph over the Mets on Thursday.
Chipper sits; McCann to get breather Sunday
ST. LOUIS -- Third baseman Chipper Jones was held out of the Braves' lineup Saturday, and catcher Brian McCann will be given a rest Sunday.
Manager Fredi Gonzalez wants to give both veterans a breather.
"My biggest thing is I don't want to give two guys, McCann and Chipper, the same day off," Gonzalez said. "I've kind of got to space them out."
David Ross is slated to catch Tim Hudson on Sunday, and Jones will return to the lineup to face Jake Westbrook.
Jones (.282, 16 HR, 64 RBIs) is 12-for-36 with three home runs in his last nine games. He is 8-for-22 on the road trip.
Entering Saturday, McCann (.277) led all NL catchers with 23 home runs and was second in RBIs with 65.
Kimbrel puts rare misstep behind him
ST. LOUIS -- Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez would like to get closer Craig Kimbrel back in action as soon as possible.
Kimbrel had a string of 25 successful save chances snapped on Friday when he gave up a two-run bases-loaded single to Albert Pujols in the bottom of the ninth.
One of the leading candidates for National League Rookie of the Year, Kimbrel had his scoreless innings streak snapped at 37 2/3.
Kimbrel, who entered Saturday's game leading the Majors with 43 saves, says Friday's outing is already in the past.
"Just one of those days," he said.
Steve Overbey is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.