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NLDS: Atlanta Braves stun St. Louis Cardinals with ninth-inning rally

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Connor Grott
Atlanta Braves pinch hitter Adam Duvall yells out as he drives in two runs in the ninth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 3 of the National League Division Series on Sunday at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI
Atlanta Braves pinch hitter Adam Duvall yells out as he drives in two runs in the ninth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 3 of the National League Division Series on Sunday at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI | License Photo

Oct. 6 (UPI) -- Dansby Swanson tied the game with two outs in the ninth inning and Adam Duvall belted a two-run single as the Atlanta Braves rallied past the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 on Sunday at Busch Stadium to grab a 2-1 lead in the NL Division Series.

The Braves struggled to generate any offense throughout the game, managing only four hits off Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright and reliever Andrew Miller before exploding against closer Carlos Martinez.

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With two outs and runners at first and third, Swanson tied the game 1-1 with a deep drive off the left-field wall. Pinch runner Billy Hamilton scored and Rafael Ortega advanced to third as Duvall stepped up to the plate.

Duvall, who entered the game as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning, then blasted a liner into center field to put the Braves ahead 3-1. It marked the second big hit of the series for the slugger after he smashed a pinch-hit home run in Atlanta's 3-0 win Friday.

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The Cardinals grabbed an early 1-0 lead in the second after Matt Carpenter scored Marcell Ozuna on a sacrifice fly. St. Louis ultimately managed only four hits and wasted a solid performance by Wainwright, who pitched 7 2/3 innings in his first postseason start since 2014.

Wainwright, 38, allowed only four hits, struck out eight and walked two.

Braves starter Mike Soroka gave up one earned run and two hits across seven innings. He recorded seven strikeouts and walked none.

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Game 4 of the best-of-five series is scheduled for Monday at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. The Braves need one more victory to reach the NL Championship Series for the first time since 2001.

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