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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