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ATLANTA -- Fans were barely in their seats for the decisive fifth game of the National League Division Series before the St. Louis Cardinals made history, becoming the first team to score 10 runs in the first inning of a postseason game en route to a 13-1 win.
The double-digit output against the Braves is also a record for the most runs scored in an inning in a division series or in any winner-take-all game, and it equals the most runs scored in any inning in any playoff game.
Of the four times that teams have scored 10 runs in a postseason inning, the Cardinals are the first to do so without hitting any home runs.
Cardinals' 10-spot matches record The St. Louis Cardinals tied the MLB postseason record by scoring 10 runs in an inning Wednesday at Atlanta.
YEAR TEAM OPP. RD. RUNS 2019 Cardinals Braves ALDS 10 2002 Angels Twins ALCS 10 1968 Tigers Cardinals WS 10 1929 Athletics Cubs WS 10 2011 Rangers Tigers ALCS 9 1985 Cardinals Dodgers NLCS 9 Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz lasted just one-third of an inning before being pulled with the bases loaded and the home team already trailing 4-0.
Reliever Max Fried didn't fare much better, walking Cardinals pitcher Jack Flaherty to make it 5-0 before allowing a pair of two-run doubles to Dexter Fowler and Kolten Wong.
When it looked like the Braves finally had the third out on Marcell Ozuna's strikeout, the ball got away from catcher Brian McCann, who fell down trying to retrieve it, allowing Ozuna to reach and the 10th run to come home.
play 0:47 Kurkjian on Cardinals 10-run 1st: 'Never seen anything like it'Tim Kurkjian breaks down his surprise after the Cardinals put up a 10-run spot in the first inning and everything that came out of it. The Braves missed a chance to get out of the inning after allowing just one run, but Freddie Freeman could not field a hard-hit ball that the first baseman could have turned into an inning-ending double play.
Foltynewicz was charged with seven runs on three hits and three walks, after he did not allow a run on three hits over seven innings in Game 2.
The Cardinals had just five hits in the inning, marking the first time a team scored at least 10 runs with five or fewer hits since June 2011. It's the second time this season a team scored 10 runs without hitting a homer, after the Marlins scored 11 against the Brewers in June.
To save their season, the Braves would have had to break a 90-year-old record for the largest postseason comeback. In Game 4 of the 1929 World Series, the A's trailed the Cubs 8-0 heading to the bottom of the seventh before plating 10 runs in the inning to take the lead for good.
But St. Louis didn't let up, plating three more runs to set another postseason record for the most runs through three innings, and the Cardinals advanced to the NL Championship Series for the first time since 2014.