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The Cardinals met the Dodgers at Chavez Ravine this weekend for a three-game series in Hollywood.
Game One: Dodgers 8, Cardinals 4 — WP: Ross Stripling (1-2) LP: Michael Wacha (2-4) SV: Kenley Jansen (12)
In a game that featured a pitching matchup of former Texas A&M University teammates, four defensive miscues made by the Cardinals allowed the Dodgers to score five unearned runs, ultimately powering Los Angeles to an 8-4 victory.
Ross Stripling started for the Dodgers and found himself in some trouble in the first inning. With runners at the corners and one out, Matt Adams grounded into a force out, allowing the runner from third to score and give Wacha early bragging rights over Stripling.
Adrian Gonzalez reached on a throwing error by Aledmys Diaz to lead off the Dodgers’ half of the second. Yasiel Puig followed with a single, and Joc Pederson walked, loading the bases. Trayce Thompson pushed a base hit up the middle to plate two runs before catcher A.J. Ellis lined into a double play. Following the twin killing, Stripling and Howie Kendrick singled, scoring Los Angeles’ third run of the evening. Pederson and Gonzalez doubled in the third for the Dodgers’ fourth run of the evening to take a 4-1 lead.
Diaz homered in the fourth for St. Louis, but the Dodgers took that run back and then some in their half of the inning. Errors by Diaz and Matt Carpenter and hits from Kendrick and Yasiel Puig paved the way to two Dodger runs, ending Wacha’s night after four innings.
The Cardinals added a run in the fifth that was virtually erased when Kendrick scored on an error by Diaz, his third of the game. After collecting his second triple of the game, Kolten Wong scored on a wild pitch by Stripling in the sixth.
Puig homered off Tyler Lyons in the sixth, his fourth of the year, insuring the Dodgers a win.
–Before the game, outfielder Tommy Pham’s rehab assignment was moved to Double-A Springfield.
-Seth Maness was placed on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow soreness prior to the second game of the series. Lefty Dean Kiekhefer replaced his spot on the 25-man roster.
Game Two: Dodgers 5, Cardinals 3 — WP: Scott Kazmir (3-3) LP: Carlos Martinez (4-3) SV: Kenley Jansen (13)
Scott Kazmir nearly had a complete game on Saturday, but he was lifted with two outs in the ninth when his pitch count climbed over 120. Nevertheless, Kazmir provided the Dodgers with what they needed in the middle game of the series, and the Dodgers did their job for Kazmir.
Adrian Gonzalez broke the scoreless tie Kazmir and Carlos Martinez had preserved with a solo homer in the fourth, his fourth long ball of the season. Martinez retied the score with a sacrifice fly in the fifth, but the Dodgers really got to him in their half of the frame.
After the bases were loaded by way of walks to Carl Crawford and Chase Utley and Kazmir’s first hit of the season, Corey Seager singled, moving every runner up 90 feet. Justin Turner hit a deep sacrifice fly to score Kazmir, and Gonzalez followed with a groundball to score Utley. Martinez labored heavily in the Dodgers’ three-run fifth; it took 40 pitches for Martinez to record three outs in the fifth after it took him 45 to get through the first four innings.
Dean Kiekhefer replaced Martinez in the sixth inning, making his major-league debut. Kiekhefer struck out two of three batters in the sixth, so he came out to work the seventh. Kiekhefer struck out the first two batters in the seventh before Seager homered, his fourth of the year and the Dodgers’ fifth run of the evening. Seung Hwan Oh was called upon to close out the seventh, ending Kiekhefer’s first major-league outing.
Kazmir cruised through the Cardinals’ batting order for eight innings, allowing one run on three hits. With two outs in the ninth, Randal Grichuk lined a single up the middle. Pinch-hitter Jeremy Hazelbaker homered to right-center field, his seventh homer of the year and third coming off the bench. Kenley Jansen entered the game and threw three straight strikes to wrap up a series win for Los Angeles.
Game Three: Cardinals 5, Dodgers 2 — WP: Mike Leake (2-3) LP: J.P. Howell (1-1) SV: Trevor Rosenthal (7)
A dual between starting pitchers lasted for the majority of the ballgame, and it was St. Louis’s bench that would get the final laugh.
Matt Carpenter hit a deep fly ball in his first at-bat of the evening against Alex Wood, but it was tracked down for the first out of the game. Carpenter got all of the Wood delivery in the third, hitting the ball beyond Yasiel Puig’s reach for his eighth homer of the year and the Cardinals’ first run of the game.
Corey Seager responded to Carpenter’s shot with a homer of his own in the Dodgers’ half of the third against Mike Leake, knotting the score at two.
Wood and Leake each lasted six innings and allowed a total of two runs — both solo homers — and combined to strike out eight.
Louis Coleman got the first out of the seventh for the Dodgers, and J.P. Howell came in next with two left-handed hitters due up. Howell’s first task was Hazelbaker, who singled off Howell’s glove. Kolten Wong grounded out next, moving Hazelbaker to second with two down.
Joe Blanton entered the game next to face Brandon Moss, who pinch-hit for Eric Fryer, the starter behind the plate for St. Louis in this game. Blanton intentionally walked Moss to face Yadier Molina, the pinch-hitter for Leake. Molina shot a double down the left-field line to score Hazelbaker and Moss, and Stephen Piscotty added to the lead with a base hit later on in the inning to give the Cardinals a 4-1 lead, which grew to 5-1 on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Aledmys Diaz in the eighth.
Seager homered off of Kevin Siegrist in the home half of the eighth inning, accounting for the Dodgers’ second and final run of the night, as the Cardinals held on for a 5-2 victory.
–Yadier Molina’s two-run double off the bench in the seventh inning was the first career extra-base hit for Molina as a pinch-hitter.
-With two long balls in the game, Corey Seager collected the first multi-homer game of his career.
Cardinals: Following an off day on Monday, the Cardinals will return to St. Louis to play three games with the Rockies.
Dodgers: The Dodgers will welcome in the Angels for two games beginning Monday night; the Angels swept the Mariners over the weekend.