MLB Predictions: Will Cardinals complete sweep vs. Braves? 5/7/17

Ross Houston
May 8, 2017

Tommy Pham hit two home runs, including a two-run drive in the 14th inning, and the St. Louis Cardinals recovered after blowing a four-run lead to beat the Atlanta Braves 6-4 on Sunday and complete a three-game sweep.

Collmenter served up the homer immediately after Magneuris Sierra reached on an error by Jace Peterson, making the Braves' comeback from a 4-0 deficit moot.

Aledmys Diaz had four hits and three RBIs, including a two-run double in the Cardinals' four-run third and a run-scoring single in the sixth.

Atlanta got two runs back in the sixth on a run-producing double by Freddie Freeman and an RBI single from Matt Kemp. The St. Louis Cardinals are looking for the clean sweep against the Atlanta Braves in their Sunday afternoon matchup with the rebuilding NL East squad. Randal Grichuk had two hits.

Marlins right-hander Jose Ureña had an impressive first start of the season with six scoreless innings, and just one hit allowed, ina 7-0 win over the Mets. He stranded six runners in six innings, including two in each of the first two innings. Kevin Siegrist worked the bottom of the 14th for his first save.

REDS 4, GIANTS 0 Scott Feldman pitched a four-hitter, Scott Schebler and Zack Cozart hit home runs off Johnny Cueto and host Cincinnati beat San Francisco for its season-high fifth consecutive victory.

Tommy Pham was disappointed when he didn't make the St. Louis roster out of spring training.

"They gave us a chance", Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said.

Boston starter Chris Sale struck out 10 batters, but the pitching duel with Ervin Santana never materialized as the Red Sox hit five home runs. With Michael Wacha set to face R.A. Dickey in the pitching matchup, the over/under now sits at 8.5 runs. The Braves began the game ranked last in the majors with their 4.91 ERA.

With one out in the second inning, Reynolds drove a 1-2 fastball from Taijuan Walker (3-2) an estimated 444 feet to center field for his 11th homer. Urena allowed one walk and struck out two in six innings. The over is 23-9-2 in Atlanta last 34 home games and the over is 49-22-3 in Atlanta last 74 overall while the over is 49-22-3 in Atlanta last 74 on grass. Martinez got hurt trying to beat out a grounder Saturday night. Dexter Fowler also was held out with a strained right shoulder suffered in Thursday's 5-4 loss to Milwaukee. He had been sidelined with a right elbow strain.

Danny Valencia's pinch-hit, two-run single in the Seattle seventh tied the score at 3.

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher R.A. Dickey (19) works in the first inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Atlanta. St Louis will send RHP Carlos Martinez (1-3, 3.75) against Miami LHP Adam Conley (2-2, 6.12) in the opener on Monday.

Braves: RHP Julio Teheran (2-2) is 1-2 with a 3.13 ERA in four career starts against St. Louis.

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