ST. LOUIS – Corey Dickerson tied the game with an infield single and Tyler O’Neill drew a bases-loaded walk, all in the bottom of the ninth inning, to give the St. Louis Cardinals a 6-5 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday Night.
Nolan Arenado and Andrew Knizner paced the Cardinals, who earned their sixth win of the season.
Brendan Donovan hit a double off Kenley Jansen (5-1) in the ninth and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Jansen walked Paul Goldschmidt and hit Nolan Arenado to load the bases. Dickerson singled to shortstop Dansby Swanson, scoring Donovan and tying the game. Jansen then walked O’Neill on five pitches to pick up his fifth save in 34 chances.
Ryan Helsley (8-1) pitched a scoreless ninth in his first appearance since Aug. 16 after missing eight games with the birth of his first child.
Travis d’Arnaud homered for the Braves and Austin Riley added three hits.
Charlie Morton allowed four runs on five hits and three walks and struck out four batters, but was unable to get the decision.
Jordan Montgomery allowed five runs on eight hits in five innings after allowing just one run in 25 2/3 innings in his first four starts with St. Louis.
D’Arnaud hit his 14th home run of the season after Matt Olson and Riley led off the fourth inning with singles. Montgomery had retired nine straight batters after Dansby Swanson’s walk-off single.
Michael Harris II drove in William Contreras with a single up the middle later in the fourth inning to push Atlanta’s lead to 4-0.
Knijner hit a two-run homer to left-center for the Braves for his second home run of the season, cutting Atlanta’s lead to 4-2 in the bottom of the fourth.
Olson and Riley had two-out doubles in the fifth inning to give Atlanta a 5-2 lead.
Arenado answered in the bottom of the inning with a two-run home run to left field, his 27th of the season, cutting the Cardinals’ deficit to 5-4.
The Cardinals activated Arenado from the paternity list and recalled LHP Zack Thompson from Triple-A Memphis. The club optioned 1B/OF Juan Yepez and LHP Genesis Cabrera to Memphis. Cabrera allowed five runs on six hits in one inning Friday night and is 1-1 with a 10.38 ERA in 14 outings since July 9.
Atlanta: Placed RHP Jackson Stephens on the seven-day concussion list and recalled RHP Jay Jackson from Triple-A Gwinnett. Stevens left Friday night’s game after being hit in the head by a line drive off the bat of Brendan Donovan.
“He checked out last night,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “Everything was good. He just needs to lay low for a while.”
St. Louis: LHP Steven Matz (sprained left MCL) threw 37 pitches from the mound at Busch Stadium pregame as he tries to return as a reliever in September.
Cardinals RHP Adam Wainwright (9-9, 3.11 ERA) will face the team that drafted him 30th overall in 2000. He has the highest career hitting percentage (.714) of any active pitcher with at least 15 starts against Atlanta. Braves RHP Jake Odorizzi (5-5, 3.95 ERA), from Highland, Illinois, just 30 miles east of St. Louis. Louis, and is 2-1 with a 2.91 ERA in four career starts against his hometown team.
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