Zack Greinke was on the mound Saturday as he looked to not only bounce back from a rough outing in his last start, but also improve on his 1-3 June record.
Greinke opened the game with two strikeouts, then allowed a double to Matt Adams, who just beat Yasiel Puig’s throw to second. While the St. Louis Cardinals have historically been strong with runners in scoring position, Allen Craig couldn’t come through as he went down swinging.
Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez both reached on infield singles and the Dodgers took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a fielder’s choice that should have been a double play if it weren’t for Daniel Descalso dropping the transfer.
Andre Ethier singled and Justin Turner hit an RBI double that sparked a big inning for the Dodgers and doom for Cardinals starter Lance Lyyn. Unfortunately for Turner, he left the game early as he pulled his hamstring while rounding first base.
The scoring continued as both A.J. Ellis and Dee Gordon hit RBI doubles to give the Dodgers a 4-0 lead. Puig then drew a walk and Gordon attempted to score from second on a wild pitch to Ramirez, but was tagged at the plate.
It was merely a minor hiccup as the Dodgers went on to score three more runs on two singles and a double. However, some of the exuberance of scoring six runs in an inning for the first time this season was calmed as Ramirez was removed from the game.
Greinke allowed a solo home run to Matt Carpenter in the third, but otherwise continued to easily work his way through the Cardinals lineup. The Cardinals threatened again with runners on second and third with two outs, but Greinke worked himself out of trouble by striking out Carpenter looking.
The Dodger right-hander pitched seven shutout innings and collected 10 strikeouts as he gave way to Paul Maholm. The Dodgers loaded the bases in the eighth inning and scored two runs to take a 9-1 lead on Juan Uribe’s single to center.
Chris Perez took the mound in the ninth, walked two, threw a wild pitch and hit a batter, but was able to finish the game and give the Dodgers their second win of the series.
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