If the Braves' Game 1 loss in the NLDS was one of their worst in recent years, featuring a blown two-run lead and a ninth-inning meltdown, their Game 3 win against the Cardinals on Sunday was their most thrilling and gratifying postseason win in almost two decades. Soroka, in his first-ever postseason start, would be facing off with Adam Wainwright, a pitcher who had more postseason starts than Soroka has career starts. The Braves pulled off the unlikely comeback in front of a stunned crowd at Busch Stadium.
And in Sport Three, they outlasted Wainwright's good, classic efficiency - 120 pitches throughout 7 2/Three scoreless innings - and ambushed Martinez once more within the ninth, this time reversing the result of the sport and placing themselves yet another win away from a berth within the NL Championship Collection.
Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson had three hits, including the game-tying double in the ninth inning.
"Just getting back to who he is, his anchor, what makes him successful", manager Mike Shildt said. "He made one mistake".
Martinez allowed three runs in the inning, which allowed the Braves to go ahead for good enroute to a 2-1 series lead. The Rays loaded the bases in the ninth inning but the 'Stros held on 3-1. The Cards have given Keuchel trouble in regular season play as he has squandered 14 runs in 11.2 innings to go with an 0-2 record, but he hasn't pitched against St. Louis in regular-season play since 2016.
This time around, the Cardinals will pin their hopes on starting pitcher Dakota Hudson.
St. Louis jumped in front when Ozuna doubled in the second, advanced to third on Molina's grounder and scored on Matt Carpenter's sacrifice fly. Marcell Ozuna flared a ball over the infield into unoccupied right-field territory and cruised into second base with a double.
Wainwright only ran into trouble once his pitch count reached 100. However, the veteran southpaw has failed to earn a win in his past six postseason appearances, and has seen action beyond the fifth inning just once during that stretch, possibly setting the stage for another busy afternoon for the Braves bullpen. Wainwright's game should not be forgotten, which it likely will be, because of how special he was today. Other than Ozuna's second-inning double, Soroka maneuvered the Cardinals' lineup easily for seven innings. At one point, he retired seventeen consecutive hitters.
Max Fried, normally a starter and pitching on back-to-back days for the first time all season, breezed through the eighth before turning it over to Mark Melancon, who gave up four runs in the ninth inning of the series opener, sending the Braves to a 7-6 loss. For now, preserve in thoughts the overall methods the Braves, who lead the sequence 2-1 with Sport 4 on Monday, are better than the 2018 version that looked overmatched in opposition to the Dodgers. Adam Duvall finished it off from there, scoring two runners with a double to center field and the Braves led 3-1.
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