ATLANTA — The St. Louis Cardinals won baseball's first wild-card playoff, taking advantage of a disputed infield fly call that led to a protest and fans littering the field with debris to beat the Atlanta Braves 6-3 Friday.

Matt Holliday homered and the defending World Series champion Cardinals benefited from three Braves errors. St. Louis advanced to play Washington in the division series starting Sunday.

Chipper Jones played his final game for the Braves, and made a crucial throwing error in the fourth inning that led to three runs.

But the first game in the majors' new postseason round – and one-and-done matchup – will be remembered forever for a wild play in the eighth on a shallow fly to left field.

Loading Slideshow...
  • St Louis Cardinals v Atlanta Braves

    A sign is seen as Chipper Jones #10 of the Atlanta Braves is at bat in the third inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during the National League Wild Card playoff game at Turner Field on October 5, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.

  • St Louis Cardinals v Atlanta Braves

    St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday runs to a ball hit by Atlanta Braves' Andrelton Simmons during the eighth inning of the National League wild card playoff baseball game on Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, in Atlanta. The game was stopped after officials decided Simmons was out on the infield fly rule.

  • St Louis Cardinals v Atlanta Braves

    Allen Craig #21 of the St. Louis Cardinals is greeted by Yadier Molina #4 and teammates after Craig scores in the fourth inning against the Atlanta Braves during the National League Wild Card playoff game at Turner Field on October 5, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.

  • St Louis Cardinals v Atlanta Braves

    Allen Craig #21 of the St. Louis Cardinals is greeted by teammates after Craig scores in the fourth inning on a sacrifice fly by David Freese #23 against the Atlanta Braves during the National League Wild Card playoff game at Turner Field on October 5, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.

  • St Louis Cardinals v Atlanta Braves

    Country singer Travis Tritt performs the national anthem before the Atlanta Braves take on the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Wild Card playoff game at Turner Field on October 5, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.

  • St Louis Cardinals v Atlanta Braves

    David Freese #23 of the St. Louis Cardinals hits a run-scoring sacrifice fly in the fourth inning against the Atlanta Braves during the National League Wild Card playoff game at Turner Field on October 5, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.

  • St Louis Cardinals v Atlanta Braves

    Chipper Jones #10 of the Atlanta Braves looks on prior to his first at-bat against the St. Louis Cardinals during the National League Wild Card playoff game at Turner Field on October 5, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.

  • St Louis Cardinals v Atlanta Braves

    Martin Prado #14 of the Atlanta Braves plays the ball off the wall after Allen Craig #21 of the St. Louis Cardinals hits a RBI double in the fourth inning during the National League Wild Card playoff game at Turner Field on October 5, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.

  • St Louis Cardinals v Atlanta Braves

    Kris Medlen #54 of the Atlanta Braves reacts after allowing a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning hit by David Freese #23 of the St. Louis Cardinals during the National League Wild Card playoff game at Turner Field on October 5, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.

  • St Louis Cardinals v Atlanta Braves

    Manager Fredi Gonzalez #33 of the Atlanta Braves talks with home plate umpire Jeff Kellogg after Andrelton Simmons #19 of the Atlanta Braves is hit in the head by the ball and is called out for running inside the base path on a throw by Kyle Lohse #26 of the St. Louis Cardinals in the fourth inning during the National League Wild Card playoff game at Turner Field on October 5, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.

  • St Louis Cardinals v Atlanta Braves

    David Freese #23 of the St. Louis Cardinals throws the ball to first base on a bunt an infield single by David Ross #8 of the Atlanta Braves in the fourth inning during the National League Wild Card playoff game at Turner Field on October 5, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.

  • St Louis Cardinals v Atlanta Braves

    Kyle Lohse #26 of the St. Louis Cardinals fields the ball and throws out Michael Bourn #24 of the Atlanta Braves at first base in the fifth inning during the National League Wild Card playoff game at Turner Field on October 5, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.

  • St Louis Cardinals v Atlanta Braves

    Daniel Descalso #33 of the St. Louis Cardinals attempts to turn a double play as Freddie Freeman #5 of the Atlanta Braves slides into second base as Dan Uggla #26 is safe at first in the eighth inning during the National League Wild Card playoff game at Turner Field on October 5, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.

  • St Louis Cardinals v Atlanta Braves

    Andrelton Simmons #19 of the Atlanta Braves turns a double-play in the seventh inning against Matt Carpenter #13 of the St. Louis Cardinals during the National League Wild Card playoff game at Turner Field on October 5, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.

  • St Louis Cardinals v Atlanta Braves

    Carlos Beltran #3 of the St. Louis Cardinals is greeted by Chris Carpenter #29 after scoring in the fourth inning on a double by teammate Allen Craig #21 against the Atlanta Braves during the National League Wild Card playoff game at Turner Field on October 5, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.

  • St Louis Cardinals v Atlanta Braves

    Jose Constanza #13 of the Atlanta Braves hits a triple in the seventh inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during the National League Wild Card playoff game at Turner Field on October 5, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.

  • St Louis Cardinals v Atlanta Braves

    A security official stands on the field as Atlanta Braves personnel pick up trash on the field during the eighth inning of the National League wild card playoff baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, in Atlanta. The Cardinals won baseball's first wild-card playoff, taking advantage of a disputed infield fly call that led to a protest and fans littering the field with debris to defeat the Braves 6-3.

  • St Louis Cardinals v Atlanta Braves

    Atlanta Braves officials pick up trash on the field as security stand by during the eighth inning of the National League wild card playoff baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, in Atlanta. The Cardinals won baseball's first wild-card playoff, taking advantage of a disputed infield fly call that led to a protest and fans littering the field with debris to defeat the Braves 6-3.

  • St Louis Cardinals v Atlanta Braves

    An Atlanta Braves official picks up trash on the field during the eighth inning of the National League wild card playoff baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, in Atlanta. The Cardinals won baseball's first wild-card playoff, taking advantage of a disputed infield fly call that led to a protest and fans littering the field with debris to defeat the Braves 6-3.

  • St Louis Cardinals v Atlanta Braves

    A security official shouts to fans to not throw trash on the field during the eighth inning of the National League wild card playoff baseball game between the Atlanta Braves and the St. Louis Cardinals, Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, in Atlanta. The Cardinals won baseball's first wild-card playoff, taking advantage of a disputed infield fly call that led to a protest and fans littering the field with debris to defeat the Braves 6-3.

  • St Louis Cardinals v Atlanta Braves

    Matt Holliday #7 of the St. Louis Cardinals is greeted at the dugout after hitting a solo home run in the sixth inning against the Atlanta Braves during the National League Wild Card playoff game at Turner Field on October 5, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.

  • St Louis Cardinals v Atlanta Braves

    Matt Holliday #7 of the St. Louis Cardinals rounds the bases after he hits a solo home run in the sixth inning against the Atlanta Braves during the National League Wild Card playoff game at Turner Field on October 5, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.

  • St Louis Cardinals v Atlanta Braves

    Chipper Jones #10 of the Atlanta Braves sits in the dugout before taking on the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Wild Card playoff game at Turner Field on October 5, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.

  • St Louis Cardinals v Atlanta Braves

    Jason Heyward #22 of the Atlanta Braves sits on the end of the dugout before taking on the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Wild Card playoff game at Turner Field on October 5, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.

  • Wild Card Game - St Louis Cardinals v Atlanta Braves

    Kris Medlen #54 of the Atlanta Braves pitches in the third inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during the National League Wild Card playoff game at Turner Field on October 5, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.

  • St Louis Cardinals v Atlanta Braves

    David Ross #8 of the Atlanta Braves is greeted by his teammate in the dugout after hitting a two-run home run in the second inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during the National League Wild Card playoff game at Turner Field on October 5, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.

  • Wild Card Game - St Louis Cardinals v Atlanta Braves

    Kris Medlen #54 of the Atlanta Braves pitches in the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during the National League Wild Card playoff game at Turner Field on October 5, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.

  • St Louis Cardinals v Atlanta Braves

    Umpire Sam Holbrook, right, listens to Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez, left, after a call during the eighth inning of the National League wild card playoff baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, in Atlanta. The game was stopped after officials decided Braves' Andrelton Simmons was out on the infield fly rule.

  • St Louis Cardinals v Atlanta Braves

    Atlanta Braves fans hold up a sign saying 'Win One For The Chipper' for Chipper Jones #10 of the Breaves during the National League Wild Card playoff game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Turner Field on October 5, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.

  • St Louis Cardinals v Atlanta Braves

    Dan Uggla #26 of the Atlanta Braves greets teammate David Ross #8 after Ross hits a two-run home run in the second inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during the National League Wild Card playoff game at Turner Field on October 5, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.

  • St Louis Cardinals v Atlanta Braves

    David Ross #8 of the Atlanta Braves hits a two-run home run in the second inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during the National League Wild Card playoff game at Turner Field on October 5, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.

  • St Louis Cardinals v Atlanta Braves

    Atlanta Braves pitcher Kris Medlen, right, tosses the ball to Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman (5) as St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Holliday, left, heads back to first base during the National League wild card playoff baseball game on Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, in Atlanta. Holliday was safe.

  • St Louis Cardinals v Atlanta Braves

    St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Allen Craig, right, tosses an Atlanta Braves' Martin Prado-hit ball to Cardinals starting pitcher Kyle Lohse for an out during the National League wild card playoff baseball game on Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, in Atlanta.

  • St Louis Cardinals v Atlanta Braves

    St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Kyle Lohse (26) works during the first inning of the National League wild card playoff baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, in Atlanta.

  • St Louis Cardinals v Atlanta Braves

    Atlanta Braves right fielder Jason Heyward makes a catch on a ball hit by St. Louis Cardinals' Yadier Molina during the second inning of the National League wild card playoff baseball game on Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, in Atlanta.

  • St Louis Cardinals v Atlanta Braves

    Former United States President Jimmy Carter watches the first inning of the National League wild card playoff baseball game between the Atlanta Braves and the St. Louis Cardinals, Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, in Atlanta.

  • St Louis Cardinals v Atlanta Braves

    Atlanta Braves' David Ross reacts with teammates after hitting a two-run home run during the second inning of the National League wild card playoff baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, in Atlanta.

  • St Louis Cardinals v Atlanta Braves

    Atlanta Braves' David Ross (8) watches his two-run home run during the second inning of the National League wild card playoff baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, in Atlanta.

  • St Louis Cardinals v Atlanta Braves

    St. Louis Cardinals' Allen Craig is brushed back off the plate by Atlanta Braves pitcher Kris Medlen during the third inning of the National League wild card playoff baseball game on Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, in Atlanta.

  • St Louis Cardinals v Atlanta Braves

    St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese (23) picks up a bunted ball hit by Atlanta Braves' David Ross during the third inning of the National League wild card playoff baseball game on Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, in Atlanta. Ross was safe at first base.

  • St Louis Cardinals v Atlanta Braves

    Atlanta Braves catcher David Ross comes through home plate on teammate Andrelton Simmons' bunt during the fourth inning of the National League wild card playoff baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, in Atlanta. Simmons' bunt was ruled out and Ross went back to first base.

  • St Louis Cardinals v Atlanta Braves

    Atlanta Braves fans hold a sign during the fourth inning of the National League wild card playoff baseball game between the Braves and the St. Louis Cardinals, Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, in Atlanta.

  • St Louis Cardinals v Atlanta Braves

    St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Holliday (7) reacts to his solo home run with teammate Yadier Molina (4) during the sixth inning of the National League wild card playoff baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, in Atlanta.

  • St Louis Cardinals v Atlanta Braves

    St. Louis Cardinals' David Freese (23) hits a sacrifice fly, bringing in teammate Allen Craig, during the fourth inning of the National League wild card playoff baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, in Atlanta.

  • St Louis Cardinals v Atlanta Braves

    Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones (10) fields a ball hit by St. Louis Cardinals' Yadier Molina during the inning of the National League wild card playoff baseball game on Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, in Atlanta. Molina was out at first.

  • St Louis Cardinals v Atlanta Braves

    St. Louis Cardinals' Adron Chambers, left, crosses home plate after a bad throw from Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons (not shown) as Braves catcher David Ross, right, tries to make the catch during the seventh inning of the National League wild card playoff baseball game on Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, in Atlanta.

  • St Louis Cardinals v Atlanta Braves

    Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones, left, reacts after a throwing error during the fourth inning of the National League wild card playoff baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, in Atlanta.

  • St Louis Cardinals v Atlanta Braves

    St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Holliday (7) hits a solo home run during the sixth inning of the National League wild card playoff baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, in Atlanta.