Trailing 1-0 heading into the ninth inning, the Atlanta Braves rallied to beat the St. Louis Cardinals and take a 2-1 series lead in the NLDS.
The only scoring through the first eight innings came on a sacrifice fly by Matt Carpenter in the second until the Braves came to bat in the final frame.
Josh Donaldson doubled to open the inning with Carlos Martinez pitching for St. Louis. With Billy Hamilton in to pinch-run, Nick Markakis and Adeiny Hechavarria both struck out swinging. The Cardinals opted to intentionally walk Brian McCann, bringing Dansby Swanson to the plate. Swanson doubled, tying the game at 1-1 and keeping the Braves alive.
The rally continued with Adam Duvall singling to center, scoring two runs and pushing Atlanta's newfound lead to 3-1 -- which would prove to be the final score.
Paul Goldschmidt doubled with one out in the bottom of the ninth to provide some drama, but Mark Melancon shut the door on the Cardinals' chances.
Both starting pitchers went seven-plus innings. Adam Wainwright logged 7 2/3 innings, striking out eight and allowing four hits. Mike Soroka went seven strong, allowing one run on just two hits. He had seven Ks and walked none.
St. Louis will look to stay alive on Monday afternoon at Busch Stadium.