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RECAP: Dodgers Beat Rival Cards 8-4, Stripling Gets First Win



Friday night was a matchup between two college roommates.  Michael Wacha, who Dodger fans know from their battles in the playoffs, and Dodgers rookie Ross Stripling. Both pitchers played for the same Texas A&M team, and found themselves facing off in a Major League rivalry game Friday night in Chavez Ravine.

Stripling threw another strong, but not phenomenal game, and for the first time got the decision he had been looking for.  The Dodgers offense came to life for the second night in a row, with double-digit hits and 8 runs in the 8-4 decision.

The Cardinals struck first on a Corey Seager throwing error over the head of Adrian González. Howie Kendrick was then robbed of a home run by Randall Grichuck, and a familiar frustration began to sweep over the stadium.

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But in the second the Dodgers would begin a hitting barrage. Trayce Thompson continued his hot streak with a 2-RBI bases-loaded single. Ross Stripling lined his first major league hit off of his old friend, and Howie then got revenge for his stolen home run with an RBI single, and the Dodgers led 3-1. 

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Yasiel Puig took over from there. Puig finished the night with 3 hits, 2 runs, and 2 RBI’s, including a homerun. 

The night didn’t have the theatrics of a Kershaw 13K outing, but the Dodgers scored a lot of runs, the bullpen did it’s job, and the Dodgers continue to keep pace with rival Giants for first place.

The Dodgers will face St. Louis again tomorrow as Scott Kazmir (2-3) looks to get back on track against Carlos Martinez (4-2).

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