With the Los Angeles Dodgers still in search of their first four-game winning streak this season, Hyun-Jin Ryu took the mound on the four days’ rest, which are starts he historically hasn’t fared well in.
Ryu opened the game by striking out Matt Carpenter, then issued a walk and Matt Adams singled. Ryu wound up striking out the side as he got Jhonny Peralta looking and Yadier Molina swinging.
The Dodgers loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the first on Carlos Martinez. Juan Uribe was unable to get the Dodgers on the board however as he ended the inning by flying out to right. A.J. Ellis walked to leadoff the second inning and Miguel Rojas reached on an infield single.
Martinez struck out Ryu, then Dee Gordon got the Dodgers a lead on an RBI single to right. Rojas went first to third on the single and later attempted to score on a passed ball but was tagged at the plate. After allowing a pair of singles to leadoff the third, Ryu worked out of the jam and the Dodgers continued to lead, 1-0.
Molina then tied the game with a solo home run in the fourth that hit the left field foul pole. With two outs and runners on the corners in the fifth, Peralta hit a two-out RBI double to give the Cardinals a 3-1 lead.
Scott Van Slyke appeared to have a read on the ball but pulled up late as he saw Puig also closing in; both outfielders then watched as the ball fell between them. The Dodgers had Gordon and Puig reach with one out in the bottom of the fifth, which spelled the end of Martinez’s night.
Seth Maness came on in relief for the Cardinals and got Adrian Gonzalez to ground into a double play. Kemp hit a leadoff single in the sixth and with one out, Uribe drove a ball to deep center but was robbed of a hit on a diving catch by Jon Jay.
After pitching a scoreless sixth, Maness recorded two outs into the seventh before giving way to Sam Freeman, who retired pinch-hitter Clint Robinson to end the inning.
Brandon League retired the side in order in the eighth as the Dodgers continued to trail by two runs. Gordon hit a leadoff flare single to center for his third hit of the night and with it came a new reliever for the Cardinals.
Pat Neshek got Puig to pop up and Gonzalez to ground out to first on the 12th pitch of the at-bat. With Gordon in scoring position, Kemp hit a hard grounder down the third base line where Carpenter had positioned himself and the inning came to an end.
Paul Maholm took the mound in the ninth and retired the side in order, but it was all for naught as Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal shut the door on the Dodgers.
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