Foltynewicz matched Julio Teheran and Max Fried to post the Braves third successive scoreless appearance by a starter. Teheran tossed six scoreless innings a 5-1 win on Friday. Fried did not allow a run in 6 2/3 innings of an 11-4 victory on Saturday.
They’ve been awesome, said Atlanta infielder Charlie Culberson, who had two hits and drove in two runs on Sunday, It makes it easier for us (hitters). A little bit more relaxed for us going up there.
A.J. Minter picked up his third save in as many tries by setting the side down in order in the ninth. He has not allowed a run in his last seven appearances.
Freeman’s 16th homer of the season, a two-run drive, pushed the lead to 3-0 in sixth. The blow highlighted a five-run uprising that also included a run-scoring hit from Culberson.
Pham hit a three-run homer off Peter Moylan in the seventh to bring the Cardinals to within 6-5.
What pieces do we need? I think time. I think a little bit of time, he said. I think that’s the main thing for us. We don’t have that much experience with Joel [Embiid] and I and some of the younger people on our team and guys like that. So I think experience plays a big role.
Obviously, some key pieces. Maybe that is a free agent, a big free agent who we can lean on and learn from, so we don’t really have that older, veteran guy who is a star like that.
But we have great veterans in J.J. [Redick], Amir [Johnson], Jerryd Bayless and guys like that who have taught me a lot from my first season.
Stratton allowed five runs on eight hits in four innings. Colorado’s Jon Gray also gave up five runs in four innings but yielded seven hits with seven strikeouts.
Giants catcher Nick Hundley threw out a pair of runners trying to steal second base in consecutive at-bats in the eighth. Story hit a leadoff single but was thrown out. Gerardo Parra then reached on an error but was quickly erased when he tried to take second