After struggling to hit with runners in scoring position through the first two games of the series, the Los Angeles Dodgers broke through Sunday.
Andre Ethier hit a one-out triple in the second inning off the right field wall and scored on Juan Uribe’s bloop single with two outs. After Jhonny Peralta reached on an infield single to leadoff the bottom of the inning, Allen Craig hit a one-out RBI double to tie the game.
Clayton Kershaw drew a leadoff walk in the third and took second on a slow Dee Gordon roller up the first base line. Hanley Ramirez followed with a walk and after Adrian Gonzalez lined out, Matt Kemp hit a two-out single to left field to give the Dodgers a 2-1 lead.
Ethier extended the two-out rally with an RBI single to center and the Dodgers led 3-1 at the end of the top of the third inning. Whereas Kershaw allowed the Cardinals to tie the game in the second, he struck out the side in the bottom of the third for a shutdown inning.
Kershaw reached on a fielder’s choice and stole the first base of his career with the Dodgers usual base stealer — Gordon — at the plate. Gordon hit an infield single to put runners on the corners with two outs for Ramirez.
The Dodger shortstop was hit on the back of his left shoulder by a Carlos Martinez fastball. Gonzalez was unable to cash in with the bases loaded however, as he flied out to end the inning.
Kershaw retaliated by hitting Matt Holliday on the back of his left leg, which led to both teams being warned by the home plate umpire. It wouldn’t cost Kershaw as the Cardinals failed to score and the Dodgers maintained their 3-1 lead.
Following a long Matt Carpenter at-bat in the sixth inning that ended with a walk, Peter Bourjos hit a two-run home run to tie the game. With the game still tied, Brian Wilson took over in the eighth and was the victim of bad luck.
After striking out Carpenter, Wilson gave up a single to Bourjos. With Holliday at the plate, Bourjos broke for second and was safe only due to Gordon dropping the ball as he applied the tag. Wilson got Peralta to fly out, then gave way to J.P. Howell.
Bourjos stole third base without a throw as Howell battled Adams to a full count and he got the Cardinals first baseman to ground out to Gordon to end the inning.
A.J. Ellis hit a leadoff double off Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal and was replaced on the basepaths by Miguel Rojas. Ramirez was hit on his left hand by a fastball and was taken out of the game. Gonzalez gave the Dodgers another two-out hit and the lead with his RBI single to right field.
Kenley Jansen earned his 28th save of the season by retiring the side in order.
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