Foltynewicz helps Braves sweep Cardinals

ST. LOUIS (AP) Mike Foltynewicz loves trying to one-up his fellow hurlers in the Atlanta Braves red-hot pitching rotation.

He kept even with cohorts by tossing five shutout innings and Freddie Freeman homered as the Atlanta Braves held off the St. Louis Cardinals 6-5 on Sunday.

''It's like a friendly competition with a fun group of guys,'' Foltynewicz said. ''It's a good vibe.''

The Braves outscored St. Louis 22-10 in sweeping a three-game series in St. Louis for the first time since May 11-13, 2012.

Tommy Pham homered for St. Louis, which has lost four in a row. The Cardinals scored five times in the seventh to rally from a 6-0 deficit.

Foltynewicz matched Julio Teheran and Max Fried to post the Braves third successive scoreless appearance by a starter. Teheran tossed six scoreless innings a 5-1 win on Friday. Fried did not allow a run in 6 2-3 innings of an 11-4 victory on Saturday.

''They've been awesome,'' said Atlanta infielder Charlie Culberson, who had two hits and drove in two runs on Sunday, ''It makes it easier for us (hitters). A little bit more relaxed for us going up there.''

Foltynewicz (6-4) surrendered one hit - a fourth-inning single to Marcell Ozuna. He struck out nine and walked three in an 86-pitch outing.

''He never gave in, he kept grinding,'' manager Brian Snitker said.

Foltynewicz has allowed just two hits and one run over 10 innings in two outings since coming off the disabled list with tightness in his right tricepts on June 25.

''He was kind of wildly effective,'' St. Louis infielder Kolten Wong said. ''When you're throwing as hard as he was, it makes it tough.''

The Braves three starters allowed seven hits over 17 2-3 innings with 24 strikeouts in the series.

''We've been feeding off each other,'' Foltynewicz said. ''We're always pulling for each other, pushing each other, asking questions. We hang around together and you can see that we take it out to the mound. It's been a really fun time.''

A.J. Minter picked up his third save in as many tries by setting the side down in order in the ninth. He has not allowed a run in his last seven appearances.

Freeman's 16th homer of the season, a two-run drive, pushed the lead to 3-0 in sixth. The blow highlighted a five-run uprising that also included a run-scoring hit from Culberson.

Pham hit a three-run homer off Peter Moylan in the seventh to bring the Cardinals to within 6-5.

St. Louis starter John Gant (2-3) allowed four runs on four hits over 5 1-3 innings.

''I've definitely got to do better,'' Gant said. ''Came out on the losing end, so anytime that happens, improvements need to be made.''

Francisco Pena had a two-run single in the seventh for St. Louis, which will play 17 of its next 20 games on the road.

The Braves have been in first place or tied for first in 60 of the last 62 days. They kicked off their 10-game road trip in style.

''To come out and win the first three games, that's really nice,'' Culberson said. ''But this series is done. We took care of business. Time to move on.''

Atlanta infielder Ozzie Albies extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a sixth-inning single.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Braves: C Tyler Flowers returned to the starting lineup after missing Saturday's game. He suffered a muscle cramp in the sixth inning of Friday's 5-1 win.

Cardinals: RHP Luke Gregerson began a rehab stint with Triple-A Memphis on Sunday. He did not allow a hit over one inning. Gregerson was placed on the 10-day disabled list with shoulder impingement on May 16.

UP NEXT

Braves RHP Anibal Sanchez (3-2, 2.68) will face RHP Jonathan Loaisiga (2-0, 1.93) in the first of a three-game series against the Yankees in New York. Sanchez is 4-1 in six lifetime starts against the Yankees.

Cardinals: RHP Carlos Martinez (4-4, 3.22) takes on Arizona LHP Robbie Ray (3-0, 4.01) in the opener of a three-game series in Arizona that kicks off a nine-game road trip. Martinez is 2-0 in three starts at Chase Field.

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  • W: M. Foltynewicz (6-4)L: J. Gant (2-3)S: A. Minter (3)
  • HR: ATL - F. Freeman (16), STL - T. Pham (13)
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  • b-grounded out for Winkler in the 9th
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K. Wong 2B31100100.192.296.326.6226.0
F. Pena C40120021.209.240.297.5362.0
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  • a-announced for Holland in the 7th
  • b-hit into fielder's choice for G. Garcia in the 7th
  • c-flied out for Hicks in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Flowers (5), C. Culberson (8)
  • HR - F. Freeman (16)
  • SF - R. Flaherty
  • RBI - F. Freeman 2 (56), C. Culberson 2 (21), D. Swanson (32), R. Flaherty (12)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Culberson (9)
BATTING
  • 2B - K. Wong (6)
  • HR - T. Pham (13)
  • RBI - T. Pham 3 (29), F. Pena 2 (6)
  • 2-Out RBI - T. Pham 3 (12)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - K. Wong (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Swanson-Albies-Freeman)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Foltynewicz (W, 6-4)5.01003902.021.1122.5
S. Carle1.14330102.931.23-3.5
J. Biddle0.10111002.761.19-2.0
P. Moylan (H, 3)0.12110014.851.85-3.0
D. Winkler (H, 15)1.00000002.410.923.0
A. Minter (S, 3)1.00000102.831.2610.5
PITCHERSIP
M. Foltynewicz (W, 6-4)5.0
S. Carle1.1
J. Biddle0.1
P. Moylan (H, 3)0.1
D. Winkler (H, 15)1.0
A. Minter (S, 3)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Gant (L, 2-3)5.14443213.921.150.0
M. Mayers0.22220003.421.18-4.0
G. Holland1.00000106.631.953.5
J. Hicks2.00000102.531.106.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Gant (L, 2-3)5.1
M. Mayers0.2
G. Holland1.0
J. Hicks2.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Foltynewicz 86-45, S. Carle 28-17, J. Biddle 7-3, P. Moylan 13-10, D. Winkler 13-7, A. Minter 15-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Foltynewicz 2-3, S. Carle 2-1, J. Biddle 1-0, P. Moylan 1-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Foltynewicz 18, S. Carle 8, J. Biddle 2, P. Moylan 3, D. Winkler 3, A. Minter 3
PITCHING
  • WP - J. Gant (2), M. Mayers 2 (3)
  • IBB - J. Gant
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Gant 79-48, M. Mayers 19-11, G. Holland 12-8, J. Hicks 21-18
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Gant 6-8, M. Mayers 2-1, J. Hicks 5-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Gant 23, M. Mayers 5, G. Holland 3, J. Hicks 6
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  • a-hit a sacrifice fly for Foltynewicz in the 6th
  • b-grounded out for Winkler in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Carpenter 3B31000211.256.364.502.8662.5
T. Pham CF41231011.247.329.418.7478.5
J. Martinez 1B40100012.299.367.496.8630.5
M. Ozuna LF40100012.285.329.417.7460.5
J. Gyorko SS31100110.238.293.375.6682.5
H. Bader RF40000033.261.330.388.718-1.5
K. Wong 2B31100100.192.296.326.6226.0
F. Pena C40120021.209.240.297.5362.0
J. Gant P20000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
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J. Hicks P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-announced for Holland in the 7th
  • b-hit into fielder's choice for G. Garcia in the 7th
  • c-flied out for Hicks in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Flowers (5), C. Culberson (8)
  • HR - F. Freeman (16)
  • SF - R. Flaherty
  • RBI - F. Freeman 2 (56), C. Culberson 2 (21), D. Swanson (32), R. Flaherty (12)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Culberson (9)
BATTING
  • 2B - K. Wong (6)
  • HR - T. Pham (13)
  • RBI - T. Pham 3 (29), F. Pena 2 (6)
  • 2-Out RBI - T. Pham 3 (12)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - K. Wong (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Swanson-Albies-Freeman)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Foltynewicz (W, 6-4)5.01003902.021.1122.5
S. Carle1.14330102.931.23-3.5
J. Biddle0.10111002.761.19-2.0
P. Moylan (H, 3)0.12110014.851.85-3.0
D. Winkler (H, 15)1.00000002.410.923.0
A. Minter (S, 3)1.00000102.831.2610.5
Total9.07554111---
PITCHERSIP
M. Foltynewicz (W, 6-4)5.0
S. Carle1.1
J. Biddle0.1
P. Moylan (H, 3)0.1
D. Winkler (H, 15)1.0
A. Minter (S, 3)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Gant (L, 2-3)5.14443213.921.150.0
M. Mayers0.22220003.421.18-4.0
G. Holland1.00000106.631.953.5
J. Hicks2.00000102.531.106.5
Total9.0666341---
PITCHERSIP
J. Gant (L, 2-3)5.1
M. Mayers0.2
G. Holland1.0
J. Hicks2.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Foltynewicz 86-45, S. Carle 28-17, J. Biddle 7-3, P. Moylan 13-10, D. Winkler 13-7, A. Minter 15-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Foltynewicz 2-3, S. Carle 2-1, J. Biddle 1-0, P. Moylan 1-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Foltynewicz 18, S. Carle 8, J. Biddle 2, P. Moylan 3, D. Winkler 3, A. Minter 3
PITCHING
  • WP - J. Gant (2), M. Mayers 2 (3)
  • IBB - J. Gant
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Gant 79-48, M. Mayers 19-11, G. Holland 12-8, J. Hicks 21-18
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Gant 6-8, M. Mayers 2-1, J. Hicks 5-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Gant 23, M. Mayers 5, G. Holland 3, J. Hicks 6
  • 7TH INNING
    Pham homered to center, Munoz and Carpenter scored65
    Pena singled to right, Gyorko and Wong scored62
  • 6TH INNING
    Flaherty hit sacrifice fly to center, Culberson scored60
    Swanson reached on fielder's choice to first, Acuna scored, Culberson to second50
    Culberson singled to shallow center, Markakis scored, Acuna to third40
    Freeman homered to right center, Albies scored30
  • 2ND INNING
    Culberson doubled to left, Flowers scored10
  • 9TH INNING
    • J. Hicks Pitching:
    • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Swanson grounded out to third
    • Danny Santana hit for Dan Winkler
    • D. Santana: Santana grounded out to first
    • E. Inciarte: Strike looking, Inciarte grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A.J. Minter pitching
    • F. Pena: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Pena struck out swinging
    • Yadier Molina hit for Jordan Hicks
    • Y. Molina: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Molina flied out to right
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Carpenter flied out to right
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Jordan Hicks pitching
    • T. Flowers: Strike looking, Ball, Flowers grounded out to shortstop
    • R. Acuna: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Acuna struck out looking
    • C. Culberson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Culberson grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Dan Winkler relieved Peter Moylan
    • J. Gyorko: Ball, Gyorko flied out to shallow left
    • H. Bader: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Bader lined out to right
    • K. Wong: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Wong flied out to deep center
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Greg Holland relieved Mike Mayers
    • O. Albies: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Albies flied out to deep center
    • F. Freeman: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Freeman struck out swinging
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Markakis popped out to third
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Carle Pitching:
    • J. Gyorko: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Gyorko singled to shallow right
    • H. Bader: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Bader struck out swinging
    • K. Wong: Wong doubled to right, Gyorko to third
    • F. Pena: Ball, Pena singled to right, Gyorko and Wong scored
    • Jesse Biddle relieved Shane Carle
    • Greg Garcia hit for Greg Holland
    • Yairo Munoz hit for Greg Garcia
    • Y. Munoz: Munoz reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Pena out at second
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Carpenter walked, Munoz to second
    • Peter Moylan relieved Jesse Biddle
    • T. Pham: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Pham homered to center, Munoz and Carpenter scored
    • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Martinez reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Ozuna grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Martinez out at second
    • End of the 7th (5 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. Gant Pitching:
    • O. Albies: Albies singled to shallow center
    • F. Freeman: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Freeman homered to right center, Albies scored
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Markakis walked
    • T. Flowers: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Flowers grounded out to third, Markakis to second
    • Mike Mayers relieved John Gant
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Acuna reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • C. Culberson: Ball, Culberson singled to shallow center, Markakis scored, Acuna to third
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Swanson reached on fielder's choice to first, Acuna scored, Culberson to second
    • Ryan Flaherty hit for Mike Foltynewicz
    • R. Flaherty: Ball, Culberson to third on wild pitch, Ball, Flaherty hit sacrifice fly to center, Culberson scored
    • E. Inciarte: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Swanson to second on wild pitch, Foul, Foul, Foul, Inciarte grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 6th (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Shane Carle pitching
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Carpenter grounded out to second
    • T. Pham: Strike looking, Ball, Pham singled to shallow right center
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Martinez lined out to center
    • M. Ozuna: Strike swinging, Foul, Ozuna grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Pham out at second
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Gant Pitching:
    • C. Culberson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Culberson walked
    • D. Swanson: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Swanson flied out to right
    • M. Foltynewicz: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foltynewicz struck out bunting foul
    • E. Inciarte: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Inciarte flied out to shallow left
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Foltynewicz Pitching:
    • K. Wong: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Wong flied out to center
    • F. Pena: Ball, Strike swinging, Pena grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Gant: Ball, Gant lined out to left
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Gant Pitching:
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Markakis grounded out to first
    • T. Flowers: Flowers grounded out to third
    • R. Acuna: Strike swinging, Ball, Acuna popped out to third
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Foltynewicz Pitching:
    • T. Pham: Strike swinging, Ball, Pham flied out to left
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
    • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ozuna singled to right
    • J. Gyorko: Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Gyorko walked, Ozuna to second
    • H. Bader: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Bader struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Gant Pitching:
    • E. Inciarte: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Inciarte lined out to center
    • O. Albies: Albies grounded out to second
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Freeman lined out to left
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Foltynewicz Pitching:
    • K. Wong: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Wong walked
    • F. Pena: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Wong stole second
    • J. Gant: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Gant struck out swinging
    • M. Carpenter: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Carpenter struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Gant Pitching:
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Markakis grounded out to second
    • T. Flowers: Ball, Ball, Flowers doubled to left
    • R. Acuna: Acuna flied out to left
    • C. Culberson: Strike looking, Ball, Flowers to third on wild pitch, Culberson doubled to left, Flowers scored
    • D. Swanson: Swanson intentionally walked
    • M. Foltynewicz: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Foltynewicz struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Foltynewicz Pitching:
    • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ozuna struck out swinging
    • J. Gyorko: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Gyorko struck out swinging
    • H. Bader: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bader struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Gant Pitching:
    • E. Inciarte: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Inciarte flied out to left
    • O. Albies: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Albies popped out to shortstop
    • F. Freeman: Foul, Freeman grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Foltynewicz Pitching:
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Carpenter walked
    • T. Pham: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pham struck out looking
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Martinez grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Carpenter out at second
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)