Game Report: Cardinals 6, Braves 4 (14 innings)

Given another opportunity with the Cardinals because of a series of injuries, Tommy Pham looks as if he intends to make the most of it.

Pham’s second homer of the game, and third since he was called up from Memphis on Friday, allowed the Cardinals to overcome blowing a 4-0 lead and complete a three-game sweep of the Braves on Sunday in Atlanta.

The homer in the 14th capped a 4-for-5 day, the most hits Pham has ever had in a game in the majors. He also hit a solo homer in the third.

Pham is getting his chance because of injuries that put Stephen Piscotty and Jose Martinez on the disabled list and left Dexter Fowler unable to play in the field over the weekend.

The Cardinals have now won their last six games on the road and are a perfect 6-0 in Atlanta over the last two years. The win also moved their season record to 16-14, the first time this season they have been two games over .500.

Here is how the game broke down
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At the plate:
Matt Carpenter also homered for the Cardinals, a solo shot in the first. It was the third game in a row he has homered, becoming only the third Cardinal to hit a homer in three consecutive games in Atlanta, joining Albert Pujols and George Hendrick. It was his team-leading seventh of the season … Kolten Wong extended his career-high hitting streak to 12 games with a double … Of their 50 at-bats in the game, only seven came with a runner in scoring position … Fowler made his first appearance since having to leave the game with a shoulder injury on Thursday, flying out as a pinch-hitter.

On the mound: Michael Wacha allowed two runs in six innings, both in the sixth, before the Braves came back to tie the game against the bullpen, getting a run off Matt Bowman in the seventh and tying the game on Freddie Freeman’s homer off Brett Cecil in the eighth … Sam Tuivailala got the win with two scoreless innings of relief with Kevin Siegrist earning his first save.

Key stat: Magneuris Sierra, recalled from Class A Palm Beach to replace Martinez, made his major-league debut in center field, hitting 7th. He had a single in six at-bats, but was then picked off first. He is the first position player to make his major-league debut for the Cardinals at the age of 21 since Albert Pujols in 2001.

Worth noting:
The two-homer game was the fourth for Pham in just 139 games with the Cardinals … The homer in the 14th marked the first extra-inning homer by the Cardinals in Atlanta since Skip Schumaker and Scott Rolen both homered in the 10th inning on July 22, 2007 and was the latest homer ever by the Cardinals since the Braves moved to Atlanta in 1966 … Jhonny Peralta was 0-for-3 in his rehab game at Palm Beach on Sunday, striking out twice … Also at Palm Beach, Marco Gonzales made his first rehab start and worked six innings, allowing just two hits and one run, while striking out seven … Luke Weaver worked seven scoreless innings for Memphis and has not allowed a run in 15 innings this season. The win was the 10th in a row for the Redbirds.

Looking ahead:
The Cardinals head to Miami for a three-game series beginning Monday night. Carlos Martinez will pitch against Adam Conley in the opener.