Gyorko homers as Cardinals rally past Braves 6-3

ST. LOUIS (AP) This time, the St. Louis Cardinals made a couple of big plays down the stretch.

Hasn't happened very much in May.

Pinch hitter Jedd Gyorko connected for a three-run homer during St. Louis' four-run eighth inning, helping the Cardinals top the Atlanta Braves 6-3 on Saturday night.

''That's a big win for us,'' said Gyorko, who has seen limited action this season. ''We've been struggling, this has been a tough month. Hopefully, we can look later this month and going into next month and this is a win that got us going.''

Paul Goldschmidt and Matt Carpenter each had three hits as St. Louis improved to 7-15 in May. The Cardinals (26-25) were in danger of falling below the .500 mark for the first time since April 7.

Andrew Miller (2-2) worked a scoreless eighth for the win, and Jordan Hicks got three outs for his 10th save.

''That is a representation of how we do when we put it all together,'' Cardinals manager Mike Shildt. ''It's pretty special when you see it there. It was hard fought across the board. Guys scratched, clawed, believed, and dug in, and got it done.''

The Braves wasted another solid performance by Mike Soroka, who allowed two runs, one earned, and five hits in six innings. The rookie right-hander has allowed one earned run or less in his first eight starts this season.

''I just know he's pitching really good,'' Braves manager Brian Snitker said. ''I just sit and watch him out there and how he just keeps pitching. You don't know if he's five up or five down, he's just there making pitches. He's fun to watch.''

Nick Markakis had two hits and scored a run for the Braves, who had won four of five. Austin Riley, Tyler Flowers and Ozzie Albies each had a run-scoring double.

Atlanta right-hander Dan Winkler was charged with four runs in one inning. He seemed to be in good shape until a 2 minute, 19-second review overturned what would have been a double play. That allowed Paul DeJong to stay at first and helped fuel the Cardinals' rally.

DeJong scored on Carpenter's single before Gyorko hit a drive to left-center for his first homer of the season. It was Gyorko's second career pinch-hit homer.

''It just spun,'' Winkler said. ''It was a cutter that didn't move, right down the middle. It spun, it stayed middle and he hit it a long way.''

St. Louis grabbed a 2-1 lead on Goldschmidt's RBI single in the fifth. But Flowers and Albies each drove in a run after Carlos Martinez relieved Dakota Hudson with one out and a runner on third in the seventh.

Hudson was charged with two runs and five hits in the longest outing of his career.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Braves: OF Ender Inciarte (lumbar strain) hasn't thrown or hit yet, and the Braves hope more work in the pool and some rest will get him ready for a return.

CIVIC PRIDE

The Cardinals get a rare Memorial Day off Monday, marking just the second time since 2000 that St. Louis hasn't played on the holiday. But the team pointed out in its pregame notes that the St. Louis Blues play Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final that day at the Boston Bruins.

STAYING THE COURSE

The Braves have three of the next nine days off, allowing the starters to get some extra rest. They'll stick with their current rotation.

`'We'll just continue through and give everybody the extra days and take advantage of that,'' Snitker said.

UP NEXT

Braves: RHP Julio Teheran (3-4, 3.67 ERA) goes for his second win in a row after suffering a three-game losing streak. He has made it past the sixth inning just once this year, going seven in a 4-3 loss to San Diego on April 30.

Cardinals: RHP Jack Flaherty (4-3, 4.19 ERA) has surrendered four or fewer hits in seven of his last eight starts. However, St. Louis is only 4-4 in those games, including getting shut out twice.

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  • W: A. Miller (2-2)L: D. Winkler (1-1)S: J. Hicks (10)
  • HR: STL - J. Gyorko (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Donaldson 3B31100112.260.381.456.8372.5
N. Markakis RF41200002.288.381.440.8214.0
A. Riley LF40110002.341.370.7271.0973.0
T. Flowers C41110001.268.330.474.8044.0
O. Albies 2B30110100.264.322.421.7434.0
M. Soroka P20000002.056.056.056.1110.0
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  • a-grounded out for Soroka in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Fowler CF-RF30000020.271.405.421.8260.0
P. Goldschmidt 1B31310000.269.360.442.8025.0
P. DeJong SS41000015.298.392.524.9150.5
M. Ozuna LF41100012.234.314.516.8301.5
M. Carpenter 3B41320000.222.335.389.7246.0
J. Martinez RF20000102.306.364.422.7861.0
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Y. Molina C41100001.268.295.404.7002.0
K. Wong 2B40000021.233.339.393.731-1.0
D. Hudson P20000021.071.133.071.205-1.0
H. Bader CF10000000.266.384.457.8410.0
  • a-homered for Miller in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - N. Markakis (14), A. Riley (2), T. Flowers, O. Albies (9)
  • RBI - A. Riley (13), T. Flowers (10), O. Albies (23)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Swanson 2 (2), M. Soroka 2 (2)
BATTING
  • HR - J. Gyorko
  • RBI - P. Goldschmidt (25), M. Carpenter 2 (17), J. Gyorko 3 (5)
  • 2-Out RBI - P. Goldschmidt (10), M. Carpenter (3)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - P. DeJong 2 (2), M. Ozuna, J. Martinez, Y. Molina
FIELDING
  • DP - (Swanson-Albies-Freeman)
  • E - T. Flowers
FIELDING
  • DP - 3 (DeJong-Wong-Goldschmidt; DeJong-Wong-Goldschmidt; Goldschmidt)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Soroka6.05211501.070.8916.5
A. Swarzak (H, 1)1.00000204.321.384.0
D. Winkler (L, 1-1) (BS, 1)1.04440113.601.13-9.5
PITCHERSIP
M. Soroka6.0
A. Swarzak (H, 1)1.0
D. Winkler (L, 1-1) (BS, 1)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Hudson6.15222204.221.6313.0
C. Martinez (BS, 1)0.22111002.701.20-4.0
A. Miller (W, 2-2)1.00001004.341.399.0
J. Hicks (S, 10)1.00000002.651.0010.0
PITCHERSIP
D. Hudson6.1
C. Martinez (BS, 1)0.2
A. Miller (W, 2-2)1.0
J. Hicks (S, 10)1.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - M. Soroka (7)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Soroka 80-57, A. Swarzak 12-8, D. Winkler 24-19
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Soroka 9-3, D. Winkler 1-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Soroka 25, A. Swarzak 3, D. Winkler 7
PITCHING
  • IBB - D. Hudson (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Hudson 74-43, C. Martinez 19-12, A. Miller 15-8, J. Hicks 12-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Hudson 11-4, C. Martinez 2-0, A. Miller 1-1, J. Hicks 2-1
  • Batters Faced - D. Hudson 24, C. Martinez 5, A. Miller 3, J. Hicks 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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R. Acuna CF30000100.274.367.482.8491.0
D. Swanson SS40100002.262.318.487.8051.0
F. Freeman 1B30000110.315.406.576.9820.5
J. Donaldson 3B31100112.260.381.456.8372.5
N. Markakis RF41200002.288.381.440.8214.0
A. Riley LF40110002.341.370.7271.0973.0
T. Flowers C41110001.268.330.474.8044.0
O. Albies 2B30110100.264.322.421.7434.0
M. Soroka P20000002.056.056.056.1110.0
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  • a-grounded out for Soroka in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Fowler CF-RF30000020.271.405.421.8260.0
P. Goldschmidt 1B31310000.269.360.442.8025.0
P. DeJong SS41000015.298.392.524.9150.5
M. Ozuna LF41100012.234.314.516.8301.5
M. Carpenter 3B41320000.222.335.389.7246.0
J. Martinez RF20000102.306.364.422.7861.0
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A. Miller P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- J. Gyorko PH11131000.186.239.256.4958.0
J. Hicks P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
Y. Molina C41100001.268.295.404.7002.0
K. Wong 2B40000021.233.339.393.731-1.0
D. Hudson P20000021.071.133.071.205-1.0
H. Bader CF10000000.266.384.457.8410.0
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  • a-homered for Miller in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - N. Markakis (14), A. Riley (2), T. Flowers, O. Albies (9)
  • RBI - A. Riley (13), T. Flowers (10), O. Albies (23)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Swanson 2 (2), M. Soroka 2 (2)
BATTING
  • HR - J. Gyorko
  • RBI - P. Goldschmidt (25), M. Carpenter 2 (17), J. Gyorko 3 (5)
  • 2-Out RBI - P. Goldschmidt (10), M. Carpenter (3)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - P. DeJong 2 (2), M. Ozuna, J. Martinez, Y. Molina
FIELDING
  • DP - (Swanson-Albies-Freeman)
  • E - T. Flowers
FIELDING
  • DP - 3 (DeJong-Wong-Goldschmidt; DeJong-Wong-Goldschmidt; Goldschmidt)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Soroka6.05211501.070.8916.5
A. Swarzak (H, 1)1.00000204.321.384.0
D. Winkler (L, 1-1) (BS, 1)1.04440113.601.13-9.5
Total8.0965181---
PITCHERSIP
M. Soroka6.0
A. Swarzak (H, 1)1.0
D. Winkler (L, 1-1) (BS, 1)1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Hudson6.15222204.221.6313.0
C. Martinez (BS, 1)0.22111002.701.20-4.0
A. Miller (W, 2-2)1.00001004.341.399.0
J. Hicks (S, 10)1.00000002.651.0010.0
Total9.0733420---
PITCHERSIP
D. Hudson6.1
C. Martinez (BS, 1)0.2
A. Miller (W, 2-2)1.0
J. Hicks (S, 10)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - M. Soroka (7)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Soroka 80-57, A. Swarzak 12-8, D. Winkler 24-19
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Soroka 9-3, D. Winkler 1-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Soroka 25, A. Swarzak 3, D. Winkler 7
PITCHING
  • IBB - D. Hudson (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Hudson 74-43, C. Martinez 19-12, A. Miller 15-8, J. Hicks 12-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Hudson 11-4, C. Martinez 2-0, A. Miller 1-1, J. Hicks 2-1
  • Batters Faced - D. Hudson 24, C. Martinez 5, A. Miller 3, J. Hicks 3
  • 8TH INNING
    Gyorko homered to left center, Ozuna and Carpenter scored36
    Carpenter singled to shallow left center, DeJong scored, Ozuna to second33
  • 7TH INNING
    Albies doubled to right center, Flowers scored32
    Flowers doubled to deep left, Markakis scored22
  • 5TH INNING
    Goldschmidt singled to right, Molina scored, Fowler to third12
  • 4TH INNING
    Carpenter singled to shallow left center, Goldschmidt scored11
  • 2ND INNING
    Riley doubled to left, Donaldson scored10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Jordan Hicks pitching
    • A. Riley: Ball, Ball, Riley flied out to deep left
    • T. Flowers: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Flowers grounded out to pitcher
    • O. Albies: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Albies grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Andrew Miller relieved Carlos Martinez
    • F. Freeman: Strike swinging, Freeman grounded out to second
    • J. Donaldson: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Donaldson walked
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Markakis lined into double play first, Donaldson out at first
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Dan Winkler relieved Anthony Swarzak
    • P. Goldschmidt: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Goldschmidt reached on an infield single to pitcher
    • P. DeJong: Strike looking, DeJong reached on fielder's choice to second, Goldschmidt out at second
    • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ozuna singled to right, DeJong to third
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Strike looking, Carpenter singled to shallow left center, DeJong scored, Ozuna to second
    • Jedd Gyorko hit for Andrew Miller
    • J. Gyorko: Strike swinging, Gyorko homered to left center, Ozuna and Carpenter scored
    • Y. Molina: Molina fouled out to first
    • K. Wong: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Wong struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • D. Hudson Pitching:
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Markakis doubled to left center
    • A. Riley: Ball, Strike swinging, Riley lined out to right, Markakis to third
    • Harrison Bader in center field
    • Carlos Martinez pitching
    • T. Flowers: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Flowers doubled to deep left, Markakis scored
    • O. Albies: Foul, Albies doubled to right center, Flowers scored
    • Johan Camargo hit for Mike Soroka
    • J. Camargo: Foul, Camargo grounded out to shortstop, Albies to third
    • R. Acuna: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Acuna walked
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Swanson grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 7th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Anthony Swarzak pitching
    • K. Wong: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Wong struck out swinging
    • H. Bader: Ball, Bader flied out to deep left
    • D. Fowler: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Fowler struck out looking
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • D. Hudson Pitching:
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Swanson flied out to deep right
    • F. Freeman: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Freeman struck out looking
    • J. Donaldson: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Donaldson struck out looking
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Soroka Pitching:
    • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ozuna struck out swinging
    • M. Carpenter: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Carpenter lined out to second
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Martinez walked
    • Y. Molina: Molina reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Martinez out at second
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • D. Hudson Pitching:
    • O. Albies: Foul, Ball, Albies grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Soroka: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Soroka grounded out to pitcher
    • R. Acuna: Acuna grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Soroka Pitching:
    • Y. Molina: Strike looking, Ball, Molina singled to shallow left
    • K. Wong: Wong flied out to deep center
    • D. Hudson: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Hudson struck out swinging
    • D. Fowler: Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Ball, Fowler hit by pitch, Molina to second
    • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Goldschmidt singled to right, Molina scored, Fowler to third
    • P. DeJong: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, DeJong grounded out to third
    • End of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • D. Hudson Pitching:
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Markakis singled to right
    • A. Riley: Ball, Foul, Ball, Riley grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Markakis out at second
    • T. Flowers: Flowers grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Soroka Pitching:
    • P. Goldschmidt: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Goldschmidt reached on catcher's interference
    • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, DeJong struck out swinging
    • M. Ozuna: Ozuna grounded out to third, Goldschmidt to second
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Carpenter singled to shallow left center, Goldschmidt scored
    • J. Martinez: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Martinez grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
  • 3RD INNING
    • D. Hudson Pitching:
    • R. Acuna: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Acuna grounded out to shortstop
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Swanson singled to left
    • F. Freeman: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Freeman walked, Swanson to second
    • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Donaldson grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Freeman out at second
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Soroka Pitching:
    • K. Wong: Ball, Wong grounded out to second
    • D. Hudson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hudson struck out swinging
    • D. Fowler: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Fowler grounded out to second
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • D. Hudson Pitching:
    • J. Donaldson: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Donaldson singled to right
    • N. Markakis: Markakis grounded out to first, Donaldson to second
    • A. Riley: Riley doubled to left, Donaldson scored
    • T. Flowers: Ball, Strike looking, Flowers grounded out to shortstop
    • O. Albies: Ball, Ball, Albies intentionally walked
    • M. Soroka: Soroka grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Soroka Pitching:
    • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Carpenter singled to right
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Martinez grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Carpenter out at second
    • Y. Molina: Molina grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • D. Hudson Pitching:
    • R. Acuna: Strike swinging, Ball, Acuna fouled out to first
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Swanson grounded out to shortstop
    • F. Freeman: Freeman lined out to second
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Soroka Pitching:
    • D. Fowler: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Fowler struck out looking
    • P. Goldschmidt: Goldschmidt singled to shallow right center
    • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Ball, DeJong popped out to shortstop
    • M. Ozuna: Ozuna reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Goldschmidt out at second
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)