After St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jack Flaherty led his team to a 13-1 rout of the Atlanta Braves in the fifth and deciding game of the National League Division Series earlier this week, he only wanted to reach for one person: his mother.

Flaherty, 23, was adopted at 3 weeks old by a single mother, Eileen, and the two remain as close as can be.

After the game ended, Flaherty, who gave up one run over six innings to earn the win, went to the stands at Atlanta’s SunTrust Park and gave his mom a long hug.

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