After a flat offensive performance in their first game back from the All-Star break, the Los Angeles Dodgers again faced an early deficit.
Zack Greinke walked Matt Carpenter in the bottom of the first and was quickly in a jam with runners on second and third with no outs following a Kolten Wong infield single and error on Dee Gordon.
Matt Holliday continued to torment the Dodgers, this time giving the St. Louis Cardinals a 2-0 lead with his RBI single to center. Matt Adams hit a two-run home run and the Cardinals led 4-0 at the end of the first.
Gordon hit his second single of the game in the third inning and stole second base. A wild pitch allowed Gordon to advance to third and Joe Kelly hit Yasiel Puig on the hand to put runners on the corners with none out.
Carl Crawford struck out and Hanley Ramirez reached on an infield single that scored Gordon. Greinke retired the first two batters he faced in the bottom of the third then walked consecutive batters to prolong the inning.
The Dodger right-hander kept the Cardinals stuck on four runs by striking out George Kottaras. Starting with the final out in the third, Kelly retired 13 consecutive batters with the Dodgers aiding his cause by swinging at first pitches on multiple occasions.
After Paco Rodriguez recorded the final out in the sixth, Paul Maholm took the mound in the seventh with Justin Turner also entering the game as part of the double switch. Wong promptly hit a leadoff double and reached third on a Peter Bourjos sac-bunt.
Maholm intentionally walked Jhonny Peralta with two outs to face Oscar Taveras, but instead drew pinch-hitter Allen Craig. Maholm got Craig to ground out and the Dodgers continued to trail 4-1 into the eighth inning.
Kelly matched his career high with seven innings of work and gave way to Sam Freeman. The left-handed reliever walked Turner to begin the inning, then allowed a double to Gordon. Crawford’s sacrifice fly scored Turner and Freeman was replaced by Pat Neshek.
Neshek faced Matt Kemp, who pinch-hit for Puig. Kemp struck out and so did Ramirez as the Cardinals remained in the lead. Trevor Rosenthal came on in the ninth and earned his 30th save of the season.
The loss dropped the Dodgers to 0-35 when trailing after the seventh inning; they remain the only team in MLB without a win in such situations.
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