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Braves rally with two runs in ninth to beat Cards

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ST. LOUIS -- The Atlanta Braves used a two-run rally in the ninth to end their road trip with a win.

Ryan Doumit scored on a wild pitch and the Braves got two runs in the ninth inning to rally past the St. Louis Cardinals for a 6-5 win.

The Braves have been held to two runs or fewer 19 times, but they managed to score twice off St. Louis closer Trevor Rosenthal (0-2) to take the game Sunday.

"We got a happy flight," said Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman, who reached base four times. "We grinded all day and so did the offensive hitters. We never caved today and we gut one out in the ninth."

Freeman started a ninth-inning rally with a leadoff single off St. Louis closer Trevor Rosenthal (0-2).

With two outs, Freeman went to third on pinch hitter Ryan Doumit's double to right. Rosenthal intentionally walked pinch hitter Evan Gattis to load the bases and then walked Jordan Schafer to force in the tying run.

Carlos Martinez relieved Rosenthal and had a wild pitch while facing Ramiro Pena that scored Doumit to make it 6-5.

"A battle royal there at the end," Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "We just kept getting good at-bats and it's nice to win this one. Maybe it will get us going in the right direction."

St. Louis dropped a game it was close to winning.

"It would have been a big win, no question," St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said. "They're all tough, but to have a lead in the ninth, even a slim one, that a tough one to lose."

Dan Carpenter (3-0) pitched 1 1-3 innings of scoreless relief for the win. Craig Kimbrel pitched a scoreless bottom of the ninth for his 11th save in 13 chances. The save was the 150th of Kimbrel's career.

Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia pitched seven innings in his first outing in more than a year.

Garcia, who underwent surgery in May 2013 to repair a torn labrum and rotator cuff in his pitching shoulder, allowed four runs and five hits with five strikeouts. The outing was Garcia's 100th appearance in the major leagues, but first since May 17, 2013.

"I made some good pitches, I made some mistakes," Garcia said. "I had some butterflies going on in the first inning, but nothing different."

Kolten Wong drove in three runs with a bases-loaded double in the second inning.

Freeman went 3 for 3, including a solo home run in the first and a two-run single in the sixth.

Justin Upton homered leading off the fourth for the Braves. The homer was the 10th for Upton, who also doubled and scored two runs.

"It's big," Freeman said. "I don't know if you can say a must win, but it's definitely nice to get one."

The Braves failed twice to close out innings due to defensive miscues with two outs. That allowed the Cardinals to score four runs.

With two outs in the seventh and Yadier Molina on first, Jhonny Peralta hit a high fly ball to center field. Schaefer lost the ball in the sun and it fell just to his right side. Peralta was credited with a double and Molina scored to give the Cardinals a 5-4 lead.

In the second inning, Braves starter Gavin Floyd appeared headed for an easy second inning when he struck out Peter Bourjos for what would have been the third out.

But the ball got away from catcher Gerald Laird for a passed ball, allowing Bourjos to reach first. A hit by Garcia and a walk to Matt Carpenter loaded the bases and Wong cleared them with a double down the line in left to make it 3-1.

Atlanta rallied to tie the game 4-4 on Freeman's two-run single with one out in the sixth.

Notes

Molina extended his hitting streak to seven games with a fifth-inning single. ... Atlanta's Dan Uggla went 0 for 3, dropping his average to .178. Uggla has just two hits in his past 29 at-bats. ... Pat Neshek got one out in the eighth inning to extend his scoreless streak to 13 2-3 innings.

 
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Ryan Doumit scores on a wild pitch in the ninth inning, in what turns out to be the winning run for the Braves. (USATSI)
Ryan Doumit scores on a wild pitch in the ninth inning, in what turns out to be the winning run for the Braves. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

F. Freeman
AB 3
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
St. Louis

K. Wong
AB 3
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 3
 
Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jason Heyward, RF5110014 .215
Justin Upton, LF4221001 .279
Freddie Freeman, 1B3233000 .314
Chris Johnson, 3B4000023 .270
Andrelton Simmons, SS4000001 .268
Dan Uggla, 2B3000000 .178
   David Carpenter, P0000000 .000
   a-Ryan Doumit, PH1110000 .217
   Craig Kimbrel, P0000000 .000
Gerald Laird, C3000010 .158
   b-Evan Gattis, PH-C0000100 .242
Jordan Schafer, CF2001210 .115
Gavin Floyd, P2000020 .167
   Alex Wood, P0000000 .000
   Ramiro Pena, 2B0000100 .190
Totals3167547  
a-doubled for Carpenter in the 9th
b-was walked intentionally for Laird in the 9th
Batting
2B - Justin Upton (7, Garcia), Ryan Doumit (2, Rosenthal)
HR - Justin Upton (10, Garcia), Freddie Freeman (8, Garcia)
SH - Ramiro Pena (1)
RBI - Justin Upton (20), Freddie Freeman 3 (27), Jordan Schafer (2)
2-OUT RBI - Freddie Freeman (9), Jordan Schafer (2)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Johnson-Uggla-Freeman, Johnson-Uggla-Freeman-Simmons-Uggla-Freeman, Johnson-Uggla-Freeman-Simmons-Uggla-Freeman-Simmons-Pena-Freeman
PB - Gerald Laird (1)
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Gavin Floyd 5.1741340 2.41
Alex Wood 1.1211210 3.35
David Carpenter (W,3-0) 1.1100000 2.45
Craig Kimbrel (S,11) 1100010 2.20
WP - Craig Kimbrel (1)
HBP - Holliday (by Gavin Floyd), Wong (by David Carpenter)
Pitches-Strikes - Gavin Floyd 95-55, Alex Wood 35-19, David Carpenter 21-14, Craig Kimbrel 16-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gavin Floyd 5-6, Alex Wood 2-1, David Carpenter 1-2
Batters Faced - Gavin Floyd 27, Alex Wood 8, David Carpenter 5, Craig Kimbrel 4
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Matt Carpenter, 3B2120300 .265
Kolten Wong, 2B3013102 .256
   Carlos Martinez, P0000000 .000
Matt Holliday, LF4010003 .267
Allen Craig, RF5100016 .226
Yadier Molina, C5120012 .327
Matt Adams, 1B4021021 .309
Jhonny Peralta, SS5011003 .245
Peter Bourjos, CF4110121 .230
Jaime Garcia, P2110001 .500
   a-Joey Butler, PH0000000 .000
   b-Jon Jay, PH1000002 .267
   Kevin Siegrist, P0000000 .000
   Pat Neshek, P0000000 .000
   Trevor Rosenthal, P0000000 .000
   Mark Ellis, 2B0000000 .185
Totals35511556  
a-announced for Garcia in the 7th
b-flied out for Butler in the 7th
Batting
2B - Kolten Wong (2, Floyd), Jhonny Peralta (9, Wood)
SF - Matt Adams (2)
RBI - Kolten Wong 3 (8), Matt Adams (13), Jhonny Peralta (18)
2-OUT RBI - Kolten Wong 3 (7), Jhonny Peralta (9)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - Wong-Peralta-Adams, Wong-Peralta-Adams-Garcia-Peralta-Adams
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jaime Garcia 7544052 5.14
Kevin Siegrist (H,12) 0.2000110 3.86
Pat Neshek (H,5) 0.1000000 1.00
Trevor Rosenthal (L,0-2; BS,2) 0.2222210 4.98
Carlos Martinez 0.1000100 3.91
IBB - Gattis by Trevor Rosenthal
WP - Carlos Martinez (3)
HBP - Freeman (by Jaime Garcia)
Pitches-Strikes - Jaime Garcia 83-54, Kevin Siegrist 15-10, Pat Neshek 3-1, Trevor Rosenthal 23-14, Carlos Martinez 12-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jaime Garcia 8-6, Kevin Siegrist 1-0, Pat Neshek 1-0, Carlos Martinez 1-0
Batters Faced - Jaime Garcia 25, Kevin Siegrist 3, Pat Neshek 1, Trevor Rosenthal 6, Carlos Martinez 2
Game Information
Attendance - 44278
Game Time - 3:20
Temperature - 66
Umpires - Home - Eric Cooper, First Base - Chris Guccione, Second Base - Sean Barber, Third Base - Ron Kulpa