DeJong helps Cardinals to eighth successive win

ST. LOUIS (AP) There are times Paul DeJong just shakes his head in wonderment.

The St. Louis rookie infielder, who made his major league debut on May 28, hit his team-leading 17th home run on Saturday night to help the Cardinals push their winning streak to eight games with a 6-5 victory over the Atlanta Braves.

''I have some of those moments when I look around the stadium and I say to myself, `Am I really doing this? Is this really happening?''' DeJong said. ''It's pretty amazing.''

Carlos Martinez (9-9) tossed six solid innings and also drove in a run for the Cardinals, who moved within percentage points with the first-place Chicago Cubs in the NL Central.

Brandon Phillips homered for Atlanta, which lost its fifth in a row.

The eight-game run is the longest for St. Louis since the Cardinals won eight in a row April 28-May 5, 2015.

DeJong, who hit a home run in his first major league game in Colorado, has 15 homers since June 15.

''He continues to impress us every day,'' St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said. ''Offensively and defensively. He's making great adjustments from at-bat to at-bat.''

DeJong set a goal at the start of the season to hit 30 home runs, whether it was in the majors or the minors. Or both. His seventh-inning drive on Saturday allowed him to reach that mark. He hit 13 home runs at Triple-A Memphis.

Randal Grichuk also homered for St. Louis, which has scored 68 runs during the eight-game streak. He hit his 15th homer of the season in the second to tie the game 2-all. He also added a double in a three-run outburst in the fifth.

DeJong, who has reached safely in 18 of the last 21 games, led off the seventh a 405-foot blast. He has 41 RBIs in just 64 games.

Martinez gave up three earned runs and seven hits over six innings. He struck out seven and walked one. His run-scoring single in the fifth pushed the lead to 4-2. He is 7 for 23 (.304) with runners in scoring position.

Trevor Rosenthal picked up his 11th save in 13 tries. He gave up a two-out bases-loaded single to Freddie Freeman in the ninth before striking out Nick Markakis with two runners in scoring position to end the game.

Tyler Lyons chipped in with two innings of scoreless relief.

Martinez allowed four of the first five hitters to reach safely before settling down.

''I just kept working hard and tried to forget about the bad pitches,'' Martinez said. ''I wanted to concentrate on what's ahead.''

Lucas Sims (0-3), in just his third major league start, surrendered four earned runs and 10 hits over 5 1/3 innings.

The Braves have rallied twice in the series to get within one run, but came up short both times.

''These guys are never out of a game and they keep coming at you,'' Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said. ''They give you a hard 27 outs.''

Dexter Fowler added two hits for St. Louis and Kolten Wong extended his hitting streak to seven games with a fifth-inning single.

Atlanta jumped to a 2-0 lead on a bases-loaded single by Kurt Suzuki in the first.

''We came close to turning it around,'' Freeman said. ''Hopefully, we can get on the right side of things tomorrow.''

HAPPY MEMORIES

The Cardinals' 1987 NL championship team was honored before Saturday's game. Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith threw out the first pitch to outfielder Willie McGee.

Minnesota beat St. Louis in seven games in the 1987 World Series.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cardinals: INF Jedd Gyorko was a late scratch from Saturday's starting lineup due to right knee soreness. Matheny said Gyorko will likely not start on Sunday, but he will be available for pinch-hitting duty.

UP NEXT:

RHP Michael Wacha (9-4, 3.70) will face RHP R.A. Dickey (7-7, 4.03) in the finale of the three-game series on Sunday. Wacha is 6-0 in 10 career starts in August, the only active pitcher in the majors with a perfect record in the month with at least 10 starts. Dickey is 3-1 with a 4.38 ERA in six career starts against St. Louis.

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BravesATL51-63
200010002591
CardinalsSTL61-56
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  • W: C. Martinez (9-9)L: L. Sims (0-3)S: T. Rosenthal (11)
  • HR: ATL - B. Phillips (9), STL - R. Grichuk (15), P. DeJong (17)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
E. Inciarte CF50100012.295.341.390.7310.5
B. Phillips 3B42211101.285.328.423.7519.0
F. Freeman 1B41320110.319.422.6381.0609.5
N. Markakis RF40000114.275.360.389.7480.5
K. Suzuki C30120110.263.342.509.8503.5
M. Adams LF40000024.271.314.503.818-1.0
M. Fried P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
O. Albies 2B40100022.219.306.438.7430.0
D. Swanson SS41100001.208.281.304.5842.0
L. Sims P20000020.000.000.000.000-1.0
S. Freeman P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- L. Adams PH10000010.270.308.432.740-0.5
J. Ramirez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
D. Santana LF11000001.212.252.384.6361.0
  • a-struck out for Freeman in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Carpenter 1B41100012.253.389.454.8432.5
T. Pham LF30110001.310.401.497.8972.0
P. DeJong SS31211112.291.320.566.8867.5
D. Fowler CF40210012.252.355.479.8343.5
Y. Molina C40000004.275.310.431.7420.0
K. Wong 2B31100000.304.397.433.8303.0
R. Grichuk RF42211001.240.287.467.7539.0
G. Garcia 3B40110001.235.359.319.6782.0
C. Martinez P21110010.186.205.233.4372.5
a- L. Voit PH10000001.247.326.455.7800.0
T. Lyons P0000-000.000.500.000.000-
b- J. Martinez PH00000100.287.357.506.8631.0
T. Rosenthal P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-flied out for Martinez in the 6th
  • b-walked for Lyons in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - F. Freeman (18)
  • HR - B. Phillips (9)
  • RBI - B. Phillips (42), F. Freeman 2 (48), K. Suzuki 2 (35)
  • 2-Out RBI - B. Phillips (12), F. Freeman 2 (16)
BATTING
  • 2B - D. Fowler (15), R. Grichuk (21)
  • HR - P. DeJong (17), R. Grichuk (15)
  • SH - T. Pham
  • RBI - T. Pham (49), P. DeJong (41), D. Fowler (43), R. Grichuk (44), G. Garcia (13), C. Martinez (9)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - F. Freeman (7)
FIELDING
  • DP - D. Swanson, O. Albies, F. Freeman, B. Phillips
  • E - L. Sims
FIELDING
  • DP - G. Garcia, K. Wong, M. Carpenter
  • E - M. Carpenter (11)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
L. Sims (L, 0-3)5.110541315.711.44-3.5
S. Freeman0.20000003.431.400.0
J. Ramirez1.01110012.451.011.0
M. Fried1.00001100.001.672.5
PITCHERSIP
L. Sims (L, 0-3)5.1
S. Freeman0.2
J. Ramirez1.0
M. Fried1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Martinez (W, 9-9)6.07331713.561.2020.5
T. Lyons (H, 9)2.00002202.921.115.0
T. Rosenthal (S, 11)1.02201203.021.158.0
PITCHERSIP
C. Martinez (W, 9-9)6.0
T. Lyons (H, 9)2.0
T. Rosenthal (S, 11)1.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - L. Sims 2 (4)
  • Pitches-Strikes - L. Sims 98-62, S. Freeman 6-4, J. Ramirez 10-7, M. Fried 18-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Sims 5-6, S. Freeman 1-1, J. Ramirez 2-1, M. Fried 1-1
  • Batters Faced - L. Sims 27, S. Freeman 2, J. Ramirez 4, M. Fried 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Martinez 100-64, T. Lyons 29-17, T. Rosenthal 32-19
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Martinez 6-4, T. Lyons 2-2, T. Rosenthal 1-1
  • Batters Faced - C. Martinez 25, T. Lyons 8, T. Rosenthal 7
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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BravesATL51-63
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CardinalsSTL61-56
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
E. Inciarte CF50100012.295.341.390.7310.5
B. Phillips 3B42211101.285.328.423.7519.0
F. Freeman 1B41320110.319.422.6381.0609.5
N. Markakis RF40000114.275.360.389.7480.5
K. Suzuki C30120110.263.342.509.8503.5
M. Adams LF40000024.271.314.503.818-1.0
M. Fried P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
O. Albies 2B40100022.219.306.438.7430.0
D. Swanson SS41100001.208.281.304.5842.0
L. Sims P20000020.000.000.000.000-1.0
S. Freeman P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- L. Adams PH10000010.270.308.432.740-0.5
J. Ramirez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
D. Santana LF11000001.212.252.384.6361.0
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  • a-struck out for Freeman in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Carpenter 1B41100012.253.389.454.8432.5
T. Pham LF30110001.310.401.497.8972.0
P. DeJong SS31211112.291.320.566.8867.5
D. Fowler CF40210012.252.355.479.8343.5
Y. Molina C40000004.275.310.431.7420.0
K. Wong 2B31100000.304.397.433.8303.0
R. Grichuk RF42211001.240.287.467.7539.0
G. Garcia 3B40110001.235.359.319.6782.0
C. Martinez P21110010.186.205.233.4372.5
a- L. Voit PH10000001.247.326.455.7800.0
T. Lyons P0000-000.000.500.000.000-
b- J. Martinez PH00000100.287.357.506.8631.0
T. Rosenthal P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-flied out for Martinez in the 6th
  • b-walked for Lyons in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - F. Freeman (18)
  • HR - B. Phillips (9)
  • RBI - B. Phillips (42), F. Freeman 2 (48), K. Suzuki 2 (35)
  • 2-Out RBI - B. Phillips (12), F. Freeman 2 (16)
BATTING
  • 2B - D. Fowler (15), R. Grichuk (21)
  • HR - P. DeJong (17), R. Grichuk (15)
  • SH - T. Pham
  • RBI - T. Pham (49), P. DeJong (41), D. Fowler (43), R. Grichuk (44), G. Garcia (13), C. Martinez (9)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - F. Freeman (7)
FIELDING
  • DP - D. Swanson, O. Albies, F. Freeman, B. Phillips
  • E - L. Sims
FIELDING
  • DP - G. Garcia, K. Wong, M. Carpenter
  • E - M. Carpenter (11)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
L. Sims (L, 0-3)5.110541315.711.44-3.5
S. Freeman0.20000003.431.400.0
J. Ramirez1.01110012.451.011.0
M. Fried1.00001100.001.672.5
Total8.01165242---
PITCHERSIP
L. Sims (L, 0-3)5.1
S. Freeman0.2
J. Ramirez1.0
M. Fried1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Martinez (W, 9-9)6.07331713.561.2020.5
T. Lyons (H, 9)2.00002202.921.115.0
T. Rosenthal (S, 11)1.02201203.021.158.0
Total9.09534111---
PITCHERSIP
C. Martinez (W, 9-9)6.0
T. Lyons (H, 9)2.0
T. Rosenthal (S, 11)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - L. Sims 2 (4)
  • Pitches-Strikes - L. Sims 98-62, S. Freeman 6-4, J. Ramirez 10-7, M. Fried 18-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Sims 5-6, S. Freeman 1-1, J. Ramirez 2-1, M. Fried 1-1
  • Batters Faced - L. Sims 27, S. Freeman 2, J. Ramirez 4, M. Fried 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Martinez 100-64, T. Lyons 29-17, T. Rosenthal 32-19
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Martinez 6-4, T. Lyons 2-2, T. Rosenthal 1-1
  • Batters Faced - C. Martinez 25, T. Lyons 8, T. Rosenthal 7
  • 9TH INNING
    Freeman singled to right, Swanson and Santana scored, Phillips to third56
  • 7TH INNING
    DeJong homered to left center36
  • 5TH INNING
    Phillips homered to left35
  • 4TH INNING
    Pham singled to center, Martinez scored, Carpenter to second25
    Martinez singled to center, Grichuk scored24
    Garcia grounded out to second, Wong scored, Grichuk to third23
  • 2ND INNING
    Grichuk homered to right center22
  • 1ST INNING
    Fowler singled to right, Carpenter scored, DeJong to second21
    Suzuki singled to left, Phillips and Freeman scored, Markakis to second20
  • 9TH INNING
    • Trevor Rosenthal pitching
    • O. Albies: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Albies flied out to right
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Swanson singled to right
    • D. Santana: Ball, Santana safe at first on 1st baseman Carpenter fielding error, Swanson to second
    • E. Inciarte: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Inciarte struck out on foul tip
    • B. Phillips: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Phillips walked, Swanson to third, Santana to second
    • F. Freeman: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Freeman singled to right, Swanson and Santana scored, Phillips to third
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Strike looking, , Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Markakis struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 8TH INNING
    • T. Lyons Pitching:
    • B. Phillips: Ball, Phillips popped out to second
    • F. Freeman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Freeman walked
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Markakis flied out to deep center
    • K. Suzuki: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Suzuki walked, Freeman to second
    • M. Adams: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Adams struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Max Fried pitching
    • Danny Santana in left
    • R. Grichuk: Ball, Grichuk lined out to right
    • G. Garcia: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Garcia grounded out to second
    • Jose Martinez hit for Tyler Lyons
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Martinez walked
    • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Carpenter struck out looking
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Tyler Lyons pitching
    • D. Swanson: Swanson grounded out to third
    • Lane Adams hit for Sam Freeman
    • L. Adams: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Adams struck out looking
    • E. Inciarte: Ball, Inciarte grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Jose Ramirez pitching
    • P. DeJong: Ball, DeJong homered to left center
    • D. Fowler: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Fowler flied out to left
    • Y. Molina: Ball, Strike looking, Molina grounded out to shortstop
    • K. Wong: Wong grounded out to second
    • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • C. Martinez Pitching:
    • K. Suzuki: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Suzuki struck out looking
    • M. Adams: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Adams struck out swinging
    • O. Albies: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Albies struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • L. Sims Pitching:
    • G. Garcia: Ball, Garcia singled to center
    • Luke Voit hit for Carlos Martinez
    • L. Voit: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Voit flied out to deep center
    • Sam Freeman relieved Lucas Sims
    • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Carpenter flied out to shallow left
    • T. Pham: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pham grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • C. Martinez Pitching:
    • L. Sims: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Sims struck out swinging
    • E. Inciarte: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Inciarte grounded out to second
    • B. Phillips: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Phillips homered to left
    • F. Freeman: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Freeman doubled to shallow left
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Markakis grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • L. Sims Pitching:
    • Y. Molina: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Molina grounded out to shortstop
    • K. Wong: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Wong singled to center
    • R. Grichuk: Ball, Strike looking, Grichuk grounded into double play third to second to first, Wong out at second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • C. Martinez Pitching:
    • M. Adams: Strike looking, Ball, Adams fouled out to third
    • O. Albies: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Albies reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • D. Swanson: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Swanson grounded into double play third to second to first, Albies out at second
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • L. Sims Pitching:
    • K. Wong: Ball, Wong hit by pitch
    • R. Grichuk: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Grichuk doubled to shallow left, Wong to third
    • G. Garcia: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Garcia grounded out to second, Wong scored, Grichuk to third
    • C. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Martinez singled to center, Grichuk scored
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Carpenter hit by pitch, Martinez to second
    • T. Pham: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Pham singled to center, Martinez scored, Carpenter to second
    • P. DeJong: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, DeJong struck out swinging
    • D. Fowler: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Fowler struck out looking
    • End of the 4th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • C. Martinez Pitching:
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Freeman struck out swinging
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Markakis grounded out to first
    • K. Suzuki: Ball, Suzuki flied out to right
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • L. Sims Pitching:
    • M. Carpenter: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Carpenter lined out to center
    • T. Pham: Ball, Pham flied out to deep center
    • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Ball, DeJong singled to center
    • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Fowler doubled to left, DeJong to third
    • Y. Molina: Molina flied out to deep center
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • C. Martinez Pitching:
    • D. Swanson: Swanson flied out to center
    • L. Sims: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Sims struck out swinging
    • E. Inciarte: Strike looking, Inciarte singled to shallow left
    • B. Phillips: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Phillips grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • L. Sims Pitching:
    • K. Wong: Strike looking, Foul, Wong flied out to shallow left
    • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Grichuk homered to right center
    • G. Garcia: Strike looking, Ball, Garcia popped out to second
    • C. Martinez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • C. Martinez Pitching:
    • E. Inciarte: Strike looking, Ball, Inciarte grounded bunt out to catcher
    • B. Phillips: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Phillips reached on an infield single to second
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Ball, Freeman singled to right, Phillips to second
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Markakis walked, Phillips to third, Freeman to second
    • K. Suzuki: Ball, Suzuki singled to left, Phillips and Freeman scored, Markakis to second
    • M. Adams: Foul, Adams popped out to shortstop
    • O. Albies: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Albies struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • L. Sims Pitching:
    • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Carpenter reached on an infield single to pitcher, Carpenter to second on Sims fielding error
    • T. Pham: Pham hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Carpenter to third
    • P. DeJong: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, DeJong walked
    • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Fowler singled to right, Carpenter scored, DeJong to second
    • Y. Molina: Strike looking, Foul, Molina grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Fowler out at second
    • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)