Cardinals rally to edge Braves in MLB playoff opener

LOS ANGELES The St. Louis Cardinals rallied with

four runs in the ninth inning Thursday to edge the Braves 7-6 in Atlanta in

the first game of their Major League Baseball playoff series.

The Cardinals, back in the post-season for the first time since 2015, shook

off some costly defensive miscues that saw them trailing 3-1 through seven

innings.

St. Louis first baseman Paul Goldschmidt led off the eighth with a 446-foot

home run as the Cardinals scored two runs to knot the score at 3-3.

Marcell Ozuna and Kolten Wong both hit two-run doubles off Braves closing

pitcher Mark Melancon in the ninth to give St. Louis a 7-3 lead.

The bases were loaded with one out when Ozuna, trailing 0-2 in the count,

smacked a line drive up the third-base line that put St. Louis ahead.

Wong plated two more runs with a double up the first-base line.

The Braves tried to battle back.

Ronald Acuna Jr. hit a two-run homer off Carlos Martinez, and Freddie

Freeman added a solo shot in the bottom of the ninth before Martinez got the

final two outs to seal the win.

Atlanta had taken the lead in the sixth inning, snapping a 1-1 tie when

Dansby Swanson's grounder bounced off Cardinals third baseman Tommy Edman.

The ball deflected toward shortstop Paul DeJong, but his poor throw to

second let a second run score on the play.

But it's the Cardinals who go into game two of the best-of-five series on

Friday with the upper hand.

The Braves who have lost nine straight playoff series will be trying

to turn things around before the series shifts to St. Louis.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)