Cardinals 14, Braves 3
ATLANTA -- It was difficult for Jack Flaherty to enjoy a runaway victory over Atlanta because he couldn't avoid one bad inning.
Flaherty didn't have to worry. His St. Louis teammates roughed up Braves pitching all night.
St. Louis hit four home runs -- including three-run shots by Marcell Ozuna, Yadier Molina and Kolten Wong -- and the Cardinals beat struggling right-hander Mike Foltynewicz and the Braves 14-3 on Tuesday.
Flaherty (4-3) did not allow a hit through four innings. St. Louis led 11-0 before Flaherty gave up three runs and three hits in the fifth.
"Another long inning," Flaherty said, adding, "I've got to stay away from that."
Cardinals Manager Mike Shildt allowed Flaherty to remain in the game and finish strong with a perfect sixth inning.
"I was able to get through it," Flaherty said.
The 2019 struggles for Foltynewicz (0-3) continued. He gave up eight runs, matching his career high, while lasting only 4 2/3 innings.
Foltynewicz, a 2018 All-Star, saw his ERA climb to 8.02 in four starts. He began the season on the injured list with a bone spur in his right elbow. He insists his elbow is fine.
"It's really frustrating," Foltynewicz said. "It's nothing with the elbow or anything. We're past that."
Foltynewicz has allowed 8 home runs in 21 1/3 innings after allowing 17 in 183 innings in 2018, when he was 13-10 with a 2.85 ERA and 202 strikeouts.
Braves Manager Brian Snitker said before the game he hoped Foltynewicz would be ready to find his top form after the late start to his season. Instead, the right-hander struggled from the first inning.
"Kind of everything is flat and not coming out real good," Snitker said. "He paid for it."
Ozuna's home run gave the Cardinals a 3-0 lead in the first. Dexter Fowler led off the fourth with a home run to right, and Molina's shot knocked Foltynewicz out of the game and was the big hit in a six-run fifth.
Wong added to the lead with his three-run home run off Jonny Venters in the ninth.
CUBS 3, REDS 1 Kyle Hendricks (3-4) had three hits, including a two-run double, and pitched into the ninth inning to lead Chicago over host Cincinnati.
BREWERS 6, PHILLIES 1 Brandon Woodruff (6-1) threw one-hit ball for six innings, Yasmani Grandal and Ryan Braun hit home runs, and Milwaukee topped host Philadelphia.
METS 6, NATIONALS 2 Wilson Ramos hit a first-inning grand slam, Noah Syndergaard took a no-hitter into the sixth and New York beat host Washington.
TWINS 4, ANGELS 3 Mitch Garver hit a two-run home run and tagged out Shohei Ohtani trying to score the tying run in the eighth inning before leaving with an injury, helping host Minnesota hold off Los Angeles.
ASTROS 11, TIGERS 4 Carlos Correa hit a three-run home run in the first inning as visiting Houston routed Detroit to extend its winning streak to seven games.
INDIANS 9, WHITE SOX 0 Jordan Luplow hit two of visiting Cleveland's five home runs, Carlos Carrasco (4-3) cruised through seven innings and the Indians routed Chicago.
ROCKIES 5, RED SOX 4 (11) Chris Sale struck out a career-high 17 in 7 innings before being pulled after 108 pitches, and visiting Colorado rallied against Boston's bullpen. Sale became the first pitcher in major-league history to strike out 17 in a start of no more than seven innings. Mark Reynolds drove in the go-ahead run with a two-out single in the 11th off Ryan Brasier (2-2).
RAYS 4, MARLINS 0 Charlie Morton pitched six strong innings, and Avisail Garcia hit a home run and drove in three runs as visiting Tampa Bay beat Miami.
Chicago Cubs 3, Cincinnati 1
Milwaukee 6, Philadelphia 1
NY Mets 6, Washington 2
St. Louis 14, Atlanta 3
Pittsburgh at Arizona, (n)
San Diego at LA Dodgers, (n)
Cleveland 9, Chicago White Sox 0
Houston 11, Detroit 4
Minnesota 4, LA Angels 3
Kansas City 11, Texas 5
Baltimore at NY Yankees, ppd.
Oakland at Seattle, (n)
Colorado 5, Boston 4 (11)
Tampa Bay 4, Miami 0
Toronto at San Francisco, (n)
Sports on 05/15/2019
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