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Recap: Frias And Wacha Go Toe-To-Toe, Grandal Hits Go-Ahead Home Run



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Holliday drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the fourth, but was quickly erased as Peralta hit into a double play. Frias ended the inning by getting Grichuk to chase a pitch low and away. Holliday was removed from the game in the fifth, forcing the Cardinals to shuffle their outfield by moving Grichuk to left field and inserting Jason Heyward in right.

Grandal drew a leadoff walk in the fifth, however Wacha continued to no-hit the Dodgers through five innings. Frias similarly pitched well, allowing nothing more than a two-out walk in the bottom of the fifth. Turner broke up Wacha’s no-hitter with a one-out double off the right field wall in the sixth.

Turner advanced to third base on a wild pitch that Gonzalez managed to check his swing on, pushing the count full. The Dodgers’ first baseman then fouled off multiple pitches before the plate appearance ended in a hit-by-pitch.

Kendrick atoned for his first-inning error that led to the Cardinals taking a 1-0 lead by slapping an RBI single to right that tied the game. Wacha managed to get the second out of the inning, but couldn’t get out of the inning as Grandal hit a three-run home run to give the Dodgers a 4-1 lead.

The home run also knocked Wacha out of the game as he gave way to Seth Maness, who struck out Van Slyke to end the inning. Carpenter and Heyward hit consecutive singles with one out in the bottom of the sixth, but an inning-ending double play stopped their momentum.

Frias got his first Major-League hit in the seventh by reaching on a bunt. Pederson followed with a base hit and Frias took third on Turner’s fly ball to deep right. The Dodgers inning came to an end on a nice catch by Grichuk, who made a leaping catch on the warning track in left field to rob Gonzalez of a likely two-run double.

Molina lined a one-out single to left in the bottom of the seventh, only for the Cardinals to again hit into another inning-ending double play. Kendrick and Ethier reached on back-to-back singles and Kendrick came around to score on Alberto Callaspo’s pinch-hit RBI single.

Yimi Garcia took over for the Dodgers in the bottom of the eighth and struck out two of three batters faced for a scoreless inning of relief. Adam Liberatore came on in the ninth and struck out the side to complete the Dodgers’ 5-1 win. The loss was Wacha’s first this season in 10 starts.

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