Heyward blasts Braves past Cards in extras

11:08 PM, May 11, 2012   |    comments
May 11, 2012; St. Louis, MO. USA; Atlanta Braves right fielder Jason Heyward (22) is congratulated by third base coach Brian Snitker (51) after hitting a two run home run in the twelfth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Atlanta defeated St. Louis 9-7 in 12 innings. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE
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St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Jason Heyward's two-run homer in the top of the 12th inning lifted the Atlanta Braves over the St. Louis Cardinals, 9-7, in the opener of a three-game series.

Dan Uggla added a solo homer for the Braves, who improved to 5-2 on a nine- game road trip. Freddie Freeman, Tyler Pastornicky, Chipper Jones and Brian McCann added an RBI apiece.

Atlanta starter Mike Minor gave up six runs on eight hits over 4 2/3 innings. Livan Hernandez (1-0) pitched two scoreless frames of relief to pick up his first win in a Braves uniform.

Carlos Beltran hit a pair of homers and finished a single shy of the cycle for the Cardinals, who had a four-game winning streak snapped. Matt Carpenter and Allen Craig each hit solo home runs.

Jaime Garcia gave up five runs -- four earned -- on nine hits over 5 2/3 frames, while McClellan (0-1) surrendered two walks and the hit to Heyward over two innings in the setback.

Former Cardinals manager Tony La Russa, who won two World Series titles with the club, had his No. 10 jersey retired in a pre-game ceremony. It was the 12th number to be retired by the Cardinals organization.


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