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Punto's 11th-Inning Triple Leads Cards Past Braves
ATLANTA (AP) -- Nick Punto drove in two runs with an 11th-inning triple after St. Louis rallied in the ninth, giving the surging Cardinals a 5-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Friday night.

Braves rookie Cory Gearrin (0-1) dug his own hole, plunking Ryan Theriot in the left leg and walking pinch-hitter Mark Hamilton. The right-hander was one out away from escaping, but Punto drove one into the right-field corner for the first big league hit allowed by Gearrin in 4 2-3 innings since being called up.

Eduardo Sanchez (1-0) earned his first big league win with two scoreless innings. Trever Miller got the final out for his first save.

Daniel Descalso tied it up with a sacrifice fly in the ninth, his second RBI of the game.

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