Atlanta Braves' Brooks Conrad watches his single that drove in the winning run in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Sunday May 1, 2011, in Atlanta. Atlanta won 6-5. (AP Photo/John Amis) By John Amis
Saint Louis Cardinals' Jamie Garcia pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning of an MLB baseball game on Sunday May 1, 2011, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis) By John Amis
St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Ryan Theriot drops a fly in left field off the bat of Atlanta Braves' Alex Gonzalez for an error during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Sunday May 1, 2011, in Atlanta. Atlanta won 6-5. (AP Photo/John Amis) By John Amis
ATLANTA (AP) -- Brooks Conrad recaptured his pinch-hit magic of 2010, driving in the winning run in the ninth inning to give the Atlanta Braves a 6-5 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday.
Conrad, who had three homers -- including two grand slams -- and drove in 12 runs as a pinch-hitter last season, hit a bloop single to center off Ryan Franklin to drive in Alex Gonzalez from second base.
Gonzalez, who had a two-run homer in the fifth, opened the ninth with a pop fly off Franklin (0-3) that bounced off shortstop Ryan Theriot's glove for an error. Gonzalez moved to second on Joe Mather's sacrifice before Franklin walked Nate McLouth.
Jonny Venters (1-0) pitched a perfect ninth.
Derek Lowe gave up six hits and four runs in five innings three days after his DUI arrest.
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