Having lost Game 1 of the National League Division Series, the Los Angeles Dodgers were essentially in a must-win position Saturday. With a loss, the Dodgers would have needed two wins in St. Louis in order to avoid elimination.
The Cardinals managed to get to Clayton Kershaw in the seventh inning and faced Zack Greinke, an ace in his own right, in Game 2. With all of his pitches working for him, Greinke buzzed his way through the Cardinals’ lineup and carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning.
Kolten Wong’s one-out double snapped Greinke’s streak of 13 consecutive batters retired, but the right-hander preserved the shutout by striking out the next two batters he faced. While Wong ended the no-hitter, Greinke was outhitting the Cardinals heading into the fifth inning as he singled and scored a run in the third.
Greinke singled again in the fifth to give him two hits on the night to the Cardinals’ one, but his total was matched the following inning when Matt Carpenter hit a leadoff double. Greinke finished with seven strikeouts in seven shutout innings in the Dodgers’ win.