Jedd Gyorko hit the plate in the eighth inning Saturday night with one pinch-hit this season at 16 at-bats.
Gyorko hit a three-run home run Atlanta reliever Dan Winkler to give the Cardinals a 6-3 win over the Braves at Busch Stadium.
Paul Goldschmidt's single line-up of Winkler's back Cardinals' way.
"It's been a struggle. Pinch-hitting is tough," Gyorko said. So, I think I'm starting to find something that works. "
Andrew Miller (p. Carlos Martinez allowed two doubles that put Atlanta ahead. Jordan Hicks pitched the ninth for his first save since April 29.
Goldschmidt had three singles, scored a run and drove in a run. So Matt Carpenter had three hits and drove in two runs, including one in the eighth to tie the game.
Dakota Hudson pitched 6 1
"You may have been that catapult and set off on a good stretch and hoping that was one of them," Carpenter said. A lot of good things happened A big at-bat off the bench from Jedd, good starting pitching from Dakota and some timely hitting.So we checked all the boxes. "
Goldschmidt led off the eighth by hitting a shot off Winkler, who could not find the ball in time to make a play.
Paul DeJong then hit a grounder on which Goldschmidt was forced out.
Marcell Ozuna singled to right and Carpenter followed by slapping the ball into the spot at shortstop a shift.
Braves rally against Martinez
The Braves collected three doubles in the seventh inning, including two against reliever Carlos Martinez , and took a 3-2 lead against the Cardinals at Busch Stadium.
Dakota Hudson pitched a strong 6/3 19659003] Martinez allowed a double by Tyler Flowers to score Markakis. Ozzie Albies Followed with RBI double to right-center field and Harrison Bader hit the ball but slid into the second base of the bobble. He'll cost the Braves a run.
Hudson allowed two runs on five hits. Josh Donaldson, who had singles.
Goldschmidt gives Cards lead
Paul Goldschmidt scored after reaching base on catcher's The Cardinals overtook the Braves for a 2-1 lead at Busch Stadium.
The Cardinals' five hits match the most that Braves starter Mike Soroka has allowed in a game this season.
Goldschmidt's run in the fourth was unearned due to the interference on catcher Tyler Flowers, who had a new glove after the play. With two outs, Matt Carpenter lined up with a single score to Goldschmidt.
Yadier Molina led off the fifth with a single and went to second when Dexter Fowler was hit by a pitch with two outs.
Atlanta's Austin Riley doubled in a second inning and starting pitcher Mike Soroka.
Atlanta's Austin Riley doubled in the second inning and starting pitcher Mike Soroka
Riley's double was a hard ground ball over the third-base bag that scored Josh Donaldson, who led off the second Dakota Hudson: The Cardinals have two hits against Soroka, who has not made more than five hits in any start this season. Jordan Hicks to pitch.
Along with the Cardinals' May slump has come to an end game, he had appeared in four games and pitched three innings.
Yet, manager Mike Shildt has not been motivated to get him into games just to get him work.
"The flood is coming, so we do not want to throw innings on Jordan, "he said. "The flood is coming. I've been there and managed enough teams. You can say, 'Let's get him some work' and then you'll spend two days in a row and he's down the third day when you need him again.
Hicks' last appearance came in Texas on Sunday, when he took the loss while throwing 1 1/3 innings.
Since the last save, he has thrown on May 6, 10, 16 and 19.
"The role is clear, the opportunity has not come to an end," Shildt said. Jordan. "
With Matt Carpenter hitting fifth again against Atlanta, Shildt said he could see
"Carpenter is a good player so he could flourish anywhere," he said. "You could put Yadi in that mix, too. I do not think he's got enough offensive credit to be honest. "
Carpenter has been hitting fifth in the last two games. He has 15 RBIs mostly as the leadoff hitter. Dexter Fowler, who has hit seventh much of the season, has 13 RBIs.
Meanwhile, Molina is on pace to drive in 100 runs this season. He has 32 in the first 50 games and his career-high is 82.
Cardinals manager Mike Shildt wants to stick with the configuration he unveiled Friday night with Dexter Fowler hitting first and Matt Carpenter fifth in the second game against Atlanta on Saturday night.
Fowler struck out three times hitting leadoff
They want to face Mike Soroka of the Braves, who is 5-1 with a 1.01 earned-run average. Soroka has not allowed more than one earned run in any of his seven starts. Atlanta win last week
Jose Martinez returns to the lineup and Harrison Bader wants to be off the bench after hitting .500 over the previous five games.
19659003] "Jose's a good matchup for Soroka," Shildt said. Harrison had a good ballgame (Friday). "
" It's not just keeping guys fresh for the sake of it. "