• 43°

Gyorko homers as Cardinals rally past Braves, 6-3

By JASON L. YOUNG Associated Press
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.

Comments

News

Catawba College researchers say invasive beetle will kill significant portion of ecological preserve’s ash trees

Elections

Dr. Fauci, Kanye West, Jesus Christ among presidential write-in candidates in Rowan County

Crime

Salisbury Police receive grant for social justice, racial equity training

Local

When weather turns cold, where do Rowan County wildlife go?

Crime

Blotter: Salisbury man charged faces marijuana charge after being served with unrelated warrant

Coronavirus

Local health officials see record testing numbers ahead of Thanksgiving

Elections

State Board of Elections certifies results of 2020 election

Business

Small business owners seek lifeline in new grant program offered by Rowan County

Crime

Blotter: Sheriff’s Office investigating arson at storage unit housing Royce Apparel Inc. merchandise

Crime

Sheriff’s Office looking for white pickup caught vandalizing schools, church

News

Salisbury city manager tests positive for COVID-19

Food

Home sweet home: Families never tire of decorating Rowan Museum gingerbread houses

Crime

Former Salisbury High teacher faces additional sex offense charges

Education

RSS planning drive-thru send-off for superintendent

Local

Highway Patrol: Fatal I-85 crash occurred when one vehicle stopped in roadway

Coronavirus

10 more counties found with ‘critical’ spread as Gov. Cooper tightens mask-wearing restrictions

Crime

Police: Several weekend overdoses possibly result of ‘bad batch’ of drugs

Crime

Davie County Social Services employee faces assault, child abuse charges

Elections

Political Notebook: State survey shows majority of voters confident in election process

Local

Logistics, instructions for ‘Tis the Season Spectacular parade

Ask Us

Ask Us: How can people stop unwanted telemarketers, robocalls?

Local

One reported dead after fiery interstate crash

Local

Salisbury’s $35 million in water, wastewater upgrades on track for completion in 2022

Crime

Blotter: Man charged with stealing $600 in pallets, 10 boxes of clothing