NS. LOUIS – While the Braves set their first 2021 win record with a three-game sweep in St. Louis this week, they provided a strong indication that they’re no longer the same crazy bunch that worked through the first four months of this season and somehow in the thick of the National League East race.
Austin Riley drilled a game-tying homer in the eighth inning and the Braves drew four consecutive base-laden walks during the crucial eighth inning of six runs that gave them an 8-4 comeback win over the Cardinals on Thursday night at Busch Stadium.
With two outs in the eighth eighth, Riley gave hope to the Braves by missing a two-barrel shot to Giovanny Gallegos to knot the game on 4. After Dansby followed Swanson with a double, Gallegos was replaced by Alex Reyes, who scored one goal with only four of his 21 spaces.
Reyes pitched Adam Duvall and then gave back-to-back walks to Joc Pederson and Ehire Adrianza to give the Braves the lead. The Cardinal Helper also went to Stephen Vogt and Ozzie Albies before being replaced by Justin Miller, who immediately went to Jorge Soler.
With the win, the Braves won a third game in a row for the first time since July 10, and their first three-game straight win since winning the Nationals on May 6. They are now only 1 1/2 games behind the first-placed Mets in NL-East.