With the series shifting to St. Louis for Games 3 and 4, the Cardinals turned to veteran right-hander John Lackey in the pivotal swing game.
Dee Gordon led the game off with a single and wasted little time stealing second base. Unfortunately for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Yasiel Puig’s struggled continued as he struck out for the sixth consecutive at-bat. Gordon then took third on a passed ball, where he was stranded by Adrian Gonzalez and Matt Kemp.
Hyun-Jin Ryu’s first inning of action since Sept. 12 got off to strong start as he struck out the first two batters he faced. He was squeezed by home-plate umpire Dale Scott and walked Matt Holliday before getting Matt Adams to ground out.
Hanley Ramirez hit a leadoff single in the second inning and A.J. Ellis added another with two outs, but Ryu was unable to help himself and the game remained scoreless. Ryu allowed back-to-back base hits to lead off the bottom of the second and the Cardinals eventually had runners on the corners with one out before Ryu could get out of the jam unscathed.
Matt Carpenter’s hot bat came to life in the third inning as he hit a solo home run, his third homer of the series, to give the Cardinals a 1-0 lead. Lackey pitched a shutdown inning in the fourth and worked around a one-out walk in the fifth to keep the Cardinals ahead.
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