It was a playoff atmosphere at Dodger Stadium Thursday with the Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals beginning a four-game set.
Josh Beckett and Adam Wainwright were both dealing, keeping the opposing offenses off balance throughout the night. Wainwright had a no-hit bid broken up in the sixth inning and Beckett’s shutout work was saved by Matt Kemp’s throw to home plate to get Allen Craig trying to score on a single.
The Dodger bullpen would take over in the eighth, while Wainwright remained in the game. In his first game since being activated from the disabled list, Juan Uribe led off the bottom of the eighth with a single to center.
Rojas’ infield single put runners on the corners with one out, which brought up Justin Turner, who pinch-hit for Brian Wilson; Turner delivered the deciding run on a single to left field. With the hit, Turner is now 6-for-15 with six RBIs this season as a pinch-hitter.
Matt Kemp discussed Turner’s single, via an AP report on ESPN LA:
I think he’s used to that. He’s gotten some big hits for us this year,” Kemp said. “He’s always ready to hit, and tonight he got the big hit. It was a battle today. It was a battle of the pitchers — two good pitchers going at it, and we had to wait out Wainwright.”
Along with serving as a valuable pinch-hitter, Turner also began to produce when given more opportunities at third base as Juan Uribe was recovering from a strained hamstring.
Thursday’s win, coupled with a San Francisco Giants loss, pulled the Dodgers within two games of first place in the NL West standings.
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