The Los Angeles Dodgers received another strong outing from one of their aces as Zack Greinke threw seven scoreless innings and held the St. Louis Cardinals to just two hits. Greinke also helped himself by going 2-for-3 with a run scored and exited the game with the Dodgers leading 2-0.
J.P. Howell gave up a leadoff single in the eighth and was the next Dodger pitcher to fall victim to Matt Carpenter’s hot hitting as he hit a two-run home run that tied the game. Howell gave up a third hit and was replaced by Brandon League, who got the Dodgers out of the inning.
Pat Neshek took the mound in the bottom of the eighth for the Cardinals and threw a slider to Matt Kemp on the inside part of the plate that the outfielder turned on and hit a solo home run to left field that just stayed fair.
Kemp’s home run proved to be the difference in the Dodgers’ win that tied the best-of-five series at one game.