Alec Burleson's 2-run homer in the 7th inning lifts Cardinals to 7-6 victory over Angels

Wed, May 15, 2024
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Alec Burleson's 2-run homer in the 7th inning lifts Cardinals to 7-6 victory over Angels

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Alec Burleson hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning, Pedro Pages had a three-run double for his first MLB hit and the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Los Angeles Angels 7-6 Tuesday night.

Kevin Pillar had three hits and Logan O'Hoppe had a three-run homer in the fourth inning as the Angels fell to 1-5 on their current homestand despite rallying from an early five-run deficit. The Halos are a major league-worst 5-16 at home.

Burleson also had three hits as he homered for the fourth time in 16 games after not having one in his first 19. Nolan Arenado led off the seventh with a base hit before Burleson connected on Amir Garrett's slider and drove it over the right-field wall to give the Cardinals their third straight victory.

Sonny Gray (5-2) struck out nine in six innings, but allowed five runs and eight hits. Ryan Helsley picked up his 13th save.

Hunter Strickland (1-1) took the loss.

St. Louis put up two runs in the second after the first two runners reached base. A wild pitch by Detmers brought in Dylan Carlson, and Nolan Gorman scored on Angels' third baseman Cole Tucker's errant throw home.

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With the bases loaded and two out in the third, Pages lined a curveball down the third base line and into the left field corner to make it 5-0. Pages, the Cardinals' sixth-round pick in the 2019 draft, was hitless in his first six at-bats.

Gray retired the first seven Angels' hitters before Cole Tucker tripled to right-center and scored on Nolan Schanuel's base hit.

O"Hoppe got Los Angeles within 5-4 in the fourth when he drove an elevated sinker from Gray into the rock pile in left-center.

The Halos tied it one inning later on Taylor Ward's sacrifice fly.

After Burleson's home run, Los Angeles got within 7-6 on Kevin Pillar's RBI single. The Angels had the bases loaded with one out in the eighth, but Zach Neto was caught stealing home on a suicide squeeze gone awry and Luis Guillorme struck out.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cardinals: RHP Kenyan Middleton (right forearm flexor strain) threw only six pitches due to a rain delay in a rehab appearance with Double-A Springfield on Tuesday.

UP NEXT

St. Louis sends right-hander Lance Lynn (1-1, 3.79 ERA) up against Los Angeles' RHP Griffin Canning (1-4, 5.75 ERA) in the series finale.

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JOE REEDY Sports writer based in Los Angeles. twitter mailto "
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