The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals met for the first time since the Cardinals ended the Dodgers’ season with a Game 6 win in the NLCS.
Matt Carpenter hit a leadoff single for the Cardinals but was quickly erased as Josh Beckett got Matt Holiday to hit into a double play. The Dodger starter then finished the inning by striking out Matt Adams.
Adam Wainwright walked Dee Gordon to begin the bottom of the first, but the second baseman uncharacteristically didn’t steal second base and was stranded as Wainwright retired the next three batters.
The Cardinals again had their leadoff man reach in the second inning via a single to center. Nothing would come of it however and the game remained a scoreless tie. Juan Uribe didn’t fare too well in his first at-bat with the Dodgers since being reinstated as he struck out swinging in a hitless second inning for the Dodgers.
Beckett walked two in the fourth to put runners on first and second for Allen Craig with two outs. The Dodger right-hander relied on a steady dose of breaking balls to get Craig swinging to end the threat. Meanwhile, the Dodgers failed to generate much of anything against Wainwright, who had a no-hitter through four innings.
Both starters continued with the pitcher’s duel into the sixth inning. In the bottom of the sixth, Miguel Rojas lined a leadoff single to left field to break up Wainwright’s no-hitter. With one out, Gordon hit a flare single to put two on for Yasiel Puig. The right fielder was unable to give the Dodgers the lead as he grounded into an inning-ending double play.
Craig hit a two-out double off the right field wall in the seventh and was thrown out trying to score on a Jon Jay single to left. The play would go under review and the call was upheld. Uribe hit a leadoff single in the eighth and was sacrificed to second on a Drew Butera bunt.
Rojas hit an infield single to put runners on the corners with one out for pinch-hitter Justin Turner, who delivered with an RBI single. A wild pitch allowed Rojas and Turner to advance, but neither would score as Wainwright struck out Gordon and Puig.
With a one-run lead, Kenley Jansen took the mound in the ninth to face the Cardinals’ two through four hitters. Jansen struck out Matt Holliday to open the inning, then allowed a flare single to left that Kemp nearly made a diving catch on.
Peter Bourjos pinch-ran for Adams and stole second base, but his momentum briefly took him off the bag and he was ruled out. Jansen finished the game by getting Jhonny Peralta to fly out to center and the Dodgers won, 1-0.
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