Braves reliever Dan Winkler reacts after the Cardinals’ Jedd Gyorko hit a game-winning, three-run home run in the eighth inning May 25, 2019, at Busch Stadium in St Louis.
Photo: Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images
Photo: Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

Recap: Braves won both series with Cardinals this season

The Braves won four of the six meetings with the Cardinals this season with the teams playing a pair of three-game series in May. The teams will meet in the National League Division Series, starting Thursday.

Here’s a look at the highlights:

Cardinals 14, Braves 3

» May 14 at SunTrust Park: Mike Foltynewicz dropped to 0-3 on the season as he allowed eight earned runs, with three home runs, in just 4-2/3 innings. The Cardinals jumped to an 11-0 lead, including a six-run fifth inning. Cardinals starter Jack Flaherty carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning.

Braves 4, Cardinals 0

» May 15 at SunTrust Park: Austin Riley made his major league debut for the Braves and hit a 438-foot home run in his second at-bat. “I’m speechless,” Riley said. “I would have never guessed I’d have been right here to hit a home run in my debut and get to play for the Atlanta Braves.” Mike Soroka picked up his fourth win by allowing three hits in seven innings.

Braves 10, Cardinals 2

» May 16 at SunTrust Park: Austin Riley continued the torrid start to his major league career with a 3-for-4 performance, including an RBI, to start 4-for-7 in his first two games. Freddie Freeman went 3-for-4 in support on Julio Teheran, who earned his third win by allowing two hits in five innings.

Braves 5, Cardinals 2

» May 24 at Busch Stadium: Dansby Swanson homered twice and drove in three runs. The big news was Mike Foltynewicz picked up his first win of the season. After starting the season with three losses, the right-hander allowed one earned run and five hits and struck out seven through six innings. “I had to do it eventually,” Foltynewicz said. “Things were going to start happening. I felt it, and I’m sure everybody else felt it.”

Cardinals 6, Braves 3

» May 25 at Busch Stadium: The Cardinals used a four-run eighth inning for the come-from-behind win. Reliever Dan Winkler took the loss by allowing the four earned runs on four hits, including a three-run homer from Jedd Gyork.

Braves 4, Cardinals 3 (10)

» May 26 at Busch Stadium: In one of the most dramatic wins of the season, the Braves scored three ninth-inning runs to tie the game and won it with a bases-loaded walk in the 10th. Josh Donaldson, Austin Riley and Ozzie Albies tied the game with RBI singles. Albies delivered after a 10-pitch at-bat off Andrew Miller. Brian McCann drew the game-winning walk.

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