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Jedd Gyorko hits first 2019 homer to beat Braves

ST. LOUIS — Seeking a spark to pull them out of a May nosedive, the Cardinals found one from a most unlikely source Saturday night.
Jedd Gyorko came off the bench to launch a three-run homer that capped a frenzied eighth-inning comeback and lifted the Cardinals to a 6-3 win

ST. LOUIS — Seeking a spark to pull them out of a May nosedive, the Cardinals found one from a most unlikely source Saturday night.

Jedd Gyorko came off the bench to launch a three-run homer that capped a frenzied eighth-inning comeback and lifted the Cardinals to a 6-3 win over the Braves in front of a sellout crowd at Busch Stadium. The homer was Gyorko’s first this season.

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With a static starting infield, Gyorko has spent the first two months of the season trying to figure out how to best stay sharp in a part-time role. It’s been a trying task. He entered Saturday 1-for-16 with no RBIs and seven strikeouts as a pinch-hitter.

As a team, the Cardinals had tallied only one other pinch-hit blast this season.

Gyorko was summoned to hit as the club pieced together a rally against Braves reliever Dan Winkler. A successful replay challenge negated a double play, setting the stage for Matt Carpenter to deliver his second game-tying RBI single of the night. Gyorko followed with a 435-foot blast into the left-center-field seats.

The win helped the Cardinals avoid dropping below .500 for the first time since April 7 and gives them an opportunity to notch their first series win of May on Sunday.

Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.





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