Swanson homers twice as Braves beat Cardinals 5-2

ST. LOUIS (AP) A little lineup tweak is working out quite well for Dansby Swanson and the Atlanta Braves.

Swanson homered twice and Freddie Freeman also connected, helping Mike Foltynewicz and Atlanta beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-2 on Friday night.

The Braves improved to 11-3 since manager Brian Snitker put Swanson in the No. 2 slot ahead of Freeman on May 10.

''I think we help each other a lot,'' Swanson said. ''I would like to think that I help him, especially if I'm on base, that he would be able to get pitched differently. But having him hit behind me is fun.''

Swanson drove Miles Mikolas' first pitch of the sixth inning over the wall in left, giving Atlanta a 2-1 lead. Freeman then hit his 13th homer, giving Atlanta its third set of back-to-back homers this season.

''Completely different than last year,'' Freeman said about Swanson, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 amateur draft. ''He's staying on pitches a lot longer, seeing balls a lot longer, and putting the barrel on the ball. He's been huge for us.''

Swanson and Freeman also hit consecutive homers in the second inning Wednesday night in San Francisco.

Foltynewicz (1-3) allowed an unearned run in six innings in his first win since Sept. 28. The right-hander struck out seven and walked none.

''I think that's the biggest thing right now is confidence, just throwing the ball with conviction,'' Foltynewicz said. ''We kept them off balance just enough the whole night.''

Swanson helped put it away with a two-run drive off Giovanny Gallegos in the eighth for his 10th homer. It was his second career multihomer game.

''It's really fun to watch,'' Snitker said. ''He's a confident kid. He's been in the league another year. I sound like a broken record, but it's the truth. He's playing with a lot of confidence and knows he belongs here.''

Mikolas (4-5) matched his career high with nine strikeouts in seven innings. He was charged with three runs and seven hits while exceeding his number of losses from all of last season.

''I had a couple games early in the season last year where I gave up four or five runs and we scored eight or nine and a couple tough ones like this,'' Mikolas said. ''That is baseball. Things tend to even out, and I think that's why myself and a lot of the guys around the clubhouse aren't too worried.''

Atlanta grabbed the lead when Brian McCann scored on Ronald Acuna Jr.'s double play in the third. St. Louis tied it in the bottom half.

Kolten Wong reached second on rookie Austin Riley's error. Harrison Bader then tripled to center off Acuna's glove, but he was tagged out after being caught in a rundown between third and home when Foltynewicz cut off the throw to the plate.

''That was a huge confidence point right there, just to get him out,'' Foltynewicz said. ''I could have had a guy on third, no outs, and it could have been a big battle. But we got that guy out there and now we just, with no one on, now we go.''

RUN PRODUCER

Cardinals slugger Matt Carpenter got his 500th career RBI when he hit a 442-foot home run to right field off Sean Newcomb in the ninth.

BULLPEN-BOUND

The Cardinals announced struggling right-hander Michael Wacha is going to work out of the bullpen. Wacha is 2-2 with a 6.39 ERA in his last five starts.

Wacha last pitched in relief on Sept. 26, 2016, versus Cincinnati.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Braves: OF Matt Joyce was placed on the bereavement list following the death of his uncle. Snitker says Joyce will miss all three games against St. Louis and return for Tuesday's home game against Washington. RHP Kyle Wright was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett.

Cardinals: RHP Ryan Helsley was optioned to Triple-A Memphis. OF Lane Thomas remains with the club after being recalled to serve as the team's 26th man for Game 2 of Wednesday's split-doubleheader versus Kansas City.

UP NEXT

Braves RHP Mike Soroka (5-1, 1.01 ERA) faces Cardinals RHP Dakota Hudson (3-3, 4.30 ERA) on Saturday night. Soroka allowed three hits in seven scoreless innings in his only previous outing versus St. Louis on May 15.

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STL25-25
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  • W: M. Foltynewicz (1-3)L: M. Mikolas (4-5)
  • HR: ATL - F. Freeman (13), D. Swanson 2 (10), STL - M. Carpenter (7)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
R. Acuna CF51100025.278.369.490.8591.0
D. Swanson SS42232021.262.319.492.81112.0
F. Freeman 1B41211000.320.409.585.9947.0
J. Donaldson 3B40000021.259.379.458.837-1.0
N. Markakis RF40100001.283.379.433.8122.0
A. Riley LF40000031.350.381.7501.131-1.5
S. Newcomb P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
B. McCann C41300000.301.354.458.8124.0
O. Albies 2B40100012.263.319.418.7370.5
M. Foltynewicz P30100011.091.091.091.1820.5
J. Blevins P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
D. Winkler P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
A. Swarzak P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- C. Culberson PH-LF10100000.381.372.6431.0151.0
  • a-singled for Swarzak in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Fowler RF30000031.277.409.431.840-0.5
P. Goldschmidt 1B40200010.258.351.433.7841.5
P. DeJong SS40000023.305.399.535.934-1.0
M. Ozuna LF40000001.234.316.522.8370.0
M. Carpenter 3B41211010.210.327.381.7086.5
Y. Molina C40100010.268.296.408.7040.5
K. Wong 2B41000012.239.346.403.7480.5
H. Bader CF40210022.269.387.462.8504.0
M. Mikolas P10000000.105.105.105.2110.0
a- J. Martinez PH10000002.310.365.428.7920.0
G. Gallegos P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
T. Webb P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Brebbia P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-flied out for Mikolas in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - N. Markakis (13)
  • HR - D. Swanson 2 (10), F. Freeman (13)
  • RBI - D. Swanson 3 (35), F. Freeman (32)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Acuna 3 (3), D. Swanson, A. Riley
BATTING
  • 3B - H. Bader
  • HR - M. Carpenter (7)
  • SH - M. Mikolas (2)
  • RBI - M. Carpenter (15), H. Bader (12)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Fowler, P. DeJong 2 (2), M. Ozuna, J. Martinez 2 (2)
FIELDING
  • E - A. Riley (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Wong-DeJong-Goldschmidt; Wong-DeJong-Goldschmidt)
  • E - G. Gallegos
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Foltynewicz (W, 1-3)6.05100705.671.2626.5
J. Blevins (H, 5)0.10000006.751.880.0
D. Winkler (H, 5)0.20000101.290.930.5
A. Swarzak1.01000104.601.472.5
S. Newcomb1.01110213.131.432.0
PITCHERSIP
M. Foltynewicz (W, 1-3)6.0
J. Blevins (H, 5)0.1
D. Winkler (H, 5)0.2
A. Swarzak1.0
S. Newcomb1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Mikolas (L, 4-5)7.07330924.761.1713.5
G. Gallegos0.13220014.351.02-5.0
T. Webb0.20000004.700.780.0
J. Brebbia1.02000201.650.992.0
PITCHERSIP
M. Mikolas (L, 4-5)7.0
G. Gallegos0.1
T. Webb0.2
J. Brebbia1.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - M. Foltynewicz (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Foltynewicz 89-63, J. Blevins 1-1, D. Winkler 8-4, A. Swarzak 13-9, S. Newcomb 16-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Foltynewicz 3-8, J. Blevins 1-0, S. Newcomb 1-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Foltynewicz 24, J. Blevins, D. Winkler 2, A. Swarzak 4, S. Newcomb 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Mikolas 104-69, G. Gallegos 15-13, T. Webb 1-1, J. Brebbia 22-16
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Mikolas 5-6, T. Webb 1-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Mikolas 27, G. Gallegos 4, T. Webb, J. Brebbia 5
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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ATL29-23
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
R. Acuna CF51100025.278.369.490.8591.0
D. Swanson SS42232021.262.319.492.81112.0
F. Freeman 1B41211000.320.409.585.9947.0
J. Donaldson 3B40000021.259.379.458.837-1.0
N. Markakis RF40100001.283.379.433.8122.0
A. Riley LF40000031.350.381.7501.131-1.5
S. Newcomb P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
B. McCann C41300000.301.354.458.8124.0
O. Albies 2B40100012.263.319.418.7370.5
M. Foltynewicz P30100011.091.091.091.1820.5
J. Blevins P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
D. Winkler P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
A. Swarzak P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- C. Culberson PH-LF10100000.381.372.6431.0151.0
Total375124301112-----
  • a-singled for Swarzak in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Fowler RF30000031.277.409.431.840-0.5
P. Goldschmidt 1B40200010.258.351.433.7841.5
P. DeJong SS40000023.305.399.535.934-1.0
M. Ozuna LF40000001.234.316.522.8370.0
M. Carpenter 3B41211010.210.327.381.7086.5
Y. Molina C40100010.268.296.408.7040.5
K. Wong 2B41000012.239.346.403.7480.5
H. Bader CF40210022.269.387.462.8504.0
M. Mikolas P10000000.105.105.105.2110.0
a- J. Martinez PH10000002.310.365.428.7920.0
G. Gallegos P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
T. Webb P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Brebbia P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
Total33272101111-----
  • a-flied out for Mikolas in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - N. Markakis (13)
  • HR - D. Swanson 2 (10), F. Freeman (13)
  • RBI - D. Swanson 3 (35), F. Freeman (32)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Acuna 3 (3), D. Swanson, A. Riley
BATTING
  • 3B - H. Bader
  • HR - M. Carpenter (7)
  • SH - M. Mikolas (2)
  • RBI - M. Carpenter (15), H. Bader (12)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Fowler, P. DeJong 2 (2), M. Ozuna, J. Martinez 2 (2)
FIELDING
  • E - A. Riley (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Wong-DeJong-Goldschmidt; Wong-DeJong-Goldschmidt)
  • E - G. Gallegos
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Foltynewicz (W, 1-3)6.05100705.671.2626.5
J. Blevins (H, 5)0.10000006.751.880.0
D. Winkler (H, 5)0.20000101.290.930.5
A. Swarzak1.01000104.601.472.5
S. Newcomb1.01110213.131.432.0
Total9.07210111---
PITCHERSIP
M. Foltynewicz (W, 1-3)6.0
J. Blevins (H, 5)0.1
D. Winkler (H, 5)0.2
A. Swarzak1.0
S. Newcomb1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Mikolas (L, 4-5)7.07330924.761.1713.5
G. Gallegos0.13220014.351.02-5.0
T. Webb0.20000004.700.780.0
J. Brebbia1.02000201.650.992.0
Total9.012550113---
PITCHERSIP
M. Mikolas (L, 4-5)7.0
G. Gallegos0.1
T. Webb0.2
J. Brebbia1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - M. Foltynewicz (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Foltynewicz 89-63, J. Blevins 1-1, D. Winkler 8-4, A. Swarzak 13-9, S. Newcomb 16-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Foltynewicz 3-8, J. Blevins 1-0, S. Newcomb 1-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Foltynewicz 24, J. Blevins, D. Winkler 2, A. Swarzak 4, S. Newcomb 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Mikolas 104-69, G. Gallegos 15-13, T. Webb 1-1, J. Brebbia 22-16
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Mikolas 5-6, T. Webb 1-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Mikolas 27, G. Gallegos 4, T. Webb, J. Brebbia 5
  • 9TH INNING
    Carpenter homered to right52
  • 8TH INNING
    Swanson homered to center, Acuna scored51
  • 6TH INNING
    Freeman homered to center31
    Swanson homered to left21
  • 3RD INNING
    Bader tripled to deep center, Wong scored, Bader out at home11
    Acuna grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, McCann scored, Albies to third, Foltynewicz out at second10
  • 9TH INNING
    • John Brebbia relieved Tyler Webb
    • A. Riley: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Riley struck out swinging
    • B. McCann: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, McCann singled to left
    • O. Albies: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Albies lined out to right
    • Charlie Culberson hit for Anthony Swarzak
    • C. Culberson: Culberson singled to left, McCann to second
    • R. Acuna: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Acuna struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Sean Newcomb pitching
    • M. Carpenter: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Carpenter homered to right
    • Y. Molina: Ball, Molina grounded out to shortstop
    • K. Wong: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Wong struck out looking
    • H. Bader: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Bader struck out looking
    • End of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Giovanny Gallegos pitching
    • R. Acuna: Strike looking, Foul, Acuna singled to right
    • D. Swanson: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Acuna to third on Gallegos throwing error, Swanson homered to center, Acuna scored
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Freeman singled to center
    • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Donaldson lined out to third
    • Tyler Webb relieved Giovanny Gallegos
    • N. Markakis: Markakis grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Freeman out at second
    • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
    • Anthony Swarzak relieved Dan Winkler
    • D. Fowler: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Fowler struck out looking
    • P. Goldschmidt: Goldschmidt reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • P. DeJong: Foul, DeJong flied out to deep center
    • M. Ozuna: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ozuna lined out to center
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • B. McCann: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, McCann flied out to deep right
    • O. Albies: Albies flied out to deep left
    • M. Foltynewicz: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foltynewicz struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Foltynewicz Pitching:
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Carpenter singled to right
    • Y. Molina: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Molina singled to left, Carpenter to second
    • Jerry Blevins relieved Mike Foltynewicz
    • K. Wong: Wong reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Carpenter to third, Molina out at second
    • Dan Winkler relieved Jerry Blevins
    • H. Bader: Pickoff attempt to first, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Bader struck out looking
    • Jose Martinez hit for Miles Mikolas
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Martinez flied out to center
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • D. Swanson: Swanson homered to left
    • F. Freeman: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Freeman homered to center
    • J. Donaldson: Donaldson lined out to right
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Markakis grounded out to third
    • A. Riley: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Riley struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Foltynewicz Pitching:
    • P. Goldschmidt: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Goldschmidt struck out looking
    • P. DeJong: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, DeJong struck out swinging
    • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ozuna lined out to center
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • B. McCann: McCann reached on bunt single to third
    • O. Albies: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Albies struck out swinging
    • M. Foltynewicz: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foltynewicz lined out to shortstop
    • R. Acuna: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Acuna struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Foltynewicz Pitching:
    • K. Wong: Ball, Wong popped out to third
    • H. Bader: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bader singled to left
    • M. Mikolas: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Mikolas hit sacrifice bunt to catcher, Bader to second
    • D. Fowler: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Fowler struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • F. Freeman: Strike looking, Ball, Freeman grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Donaldson struck out swinging
    • N. Markakis: Foul, Ball, Markakis doubled to right
    • A. Riley: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Riley struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Foltynewicz Pitching:
    • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ozuna grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Carpenter struck out looking
    • Y. Molina: Ball, Ball, Molina flied out to right
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • B. McCann: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, McCann singled to center
    • O. Albies: Foul, Strike swinging, Albies singled to right, McCann to second
    • M. Foltynewicz: Ball, Foltynewicz singled to left, McCann to third, Albies to second
    • R. Acuna: Acuna grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, McCann scored, Albies to third, Foltynewicz out at second
    • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Swanson struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Foltynewicz Pitching:
    • K. Wong: Strike looking, Wong safe at first on left fielder Riley fielding error, Wong to second
    • H. Bader: Strike looking, Foul, Bader tripled to deep center, Wong scored, Bader out at home
    • M. Mikolas: Mikolas grounded out to third
    • D. Fowler: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Fowler hit by pitch
    • P. Goldschmidt: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Goldschmidt reached on an infield single to shortstop, Fowler to second
    • P. DeJong: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, DeJong struck out looking
    • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 2ND INNING
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • J. Donaldson: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Donaldson struck out swinging
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Ball, Markakis grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Riley: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Riley flied out to center
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Foltynewicz Pitching:
    • M. Ozuna: Ozuna lined out to third
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Carpenter flied out to deep left
    • Y. Molina: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Molina struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Acuna flied out to deep right
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Swanson struck out swinging
    • F. Freeman: Freeman grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Foltynewicz Pitching:
    • D. Fowler: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Fowler struck out swinging
    • P. Goldschmidt: Strike swinging, Ball, Goldschmidt lined out to left
    • P. DeJong: Strike looking, DeJong flied out to center
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)