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Over the weekend, the Dodgers and Cardinals played a three-game series at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, the clubs’ final meeting of the regular season.
Game One/16: Cardinals 4, Dodgers 3 — WP: Seth Maness (1-2) LP: Bud Norris (5-9)
Though they recorded nearly twice the amount of hits, the Dodgers failed to capitalize in key situations in the series-opener, allowing the Cardinals to take the sixteen-inning affair, 4-3, and extend their winning streak to five games.
The teams were tied at two entering the ninth inning, when Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner hit his eighteenth home run of the season, a solo shot, accounting for just the second homer allowed by Cardinals reliever Seung Hwan Oh this season and the go-ahead run for the Dodgers.
Up 3-1, Los Angeles turned the game over to closer Kenley Jansen. With two outs, Cardinals third baseman Jedd Gyorko teed off on his fourth homer in as many games to knot the score at three.
The 3-3 score stood up for a full six innings following Gyorko’s game-tying blast, as five Dodgers relievers and a pair of Cardinals relievers fired a handful of scoreless frames. Tyler Lyons, the once-expected starts for the Cardinals in Sunday’s game, turned in 4.2 innings, virtually canceling his eligibility to make Sunday’s start.
With a depleted bullpen, the Dodgers gave the ball to Bud Norris in the bottom of the sixteenth inning. With one, Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams — who was 0-for-5 to that point — hammered the 0-1 delivery from Norris over the Cardinals’ bullpen in right field for his eleventh home run of the season, giving the Cardinals a victory, one that took over five hours to manufacture.
-His game-winning homer in the first game of the series was the second home run of Matt Adams’s career that has come in the sixteenth inning.
Game Two: Dodgers 7, Cardinals 2 — WP: Kenta Maeda (9-7) LP: Mike Leake (7-8)
About eighteen hours removed from a game that they failed to execute in key scenarios, the Dodgers plated seven runs on thirteen hits in Saturday’s contest to defeat St. Louis, 7-2, and even the series at a game each.
Mike Leake started the game for the Cardinals, entering the outing having surrendered a total of seven earned runs in three prior July starts. The Dodgers, however, seemed destined to break that trend from the early stages of the game.
With two on in the top of the third inning, Los Angeles pitcher Kenta Maeda laid down a bunt that was positioned perfectly between the pitcher’s mound and first-base line, allowing the runner from third base to score and Maeda to take first on his fifth hit and fourth RBI of the season. That run was the first of four the Dodgers would tally in the inning, a frame that played out to be all the Dodgers and Maeda would need to win the ballgame.
Following his RBI in the third, Maeda went on to turn in a 5.2-inning start, allowing two runs on five hits. From the end of Maeda’s night, Luis Avilan and Ross Stripling easily recorded the game’s final ten outs, including four via the punchout.
The Cardinals officially added right-handed pitcher Mike Mayers to their 25- and 40-man rosters to make the start on Sunday night. In a corresponding move, the team optioned reliever Miguel Socolovich to the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds. Mayers, 24, was 3-3 with a 2.94 earned run average in nine starts for the Redbirds. As noted, Tyler Lyons was initially expected to get the nod, but his relief outing of almost five innings in the first game of the series canceled that idea.
Game Three: Dodgers 9, Cardinals 6 — WP: Scott Kazmir (0-3) LP: Mike Mayers (0-1) SV: Kenley Jansen (29)
Mike Mayers’ rough major-league debut was too much for the Cardinals to overcome, as the Dodgers took Sunday night’s series finale by a 9-6 score.
Los Angeles scored six times in the opening frame off the 24-year-old Mayers, who surrendered a grand slam to Dodgers slugger Adrian Gonzalez.
Mayers recorded one out and allowed three runs in the second before being lifted in favor of Seth Maness, who completed the second inning and pitched through the fifth.
The Cardinals scored three times in the seventh off Dodgers reliever Adam Libertore, but St. Louis failed to work anymore offense magic.
Dodgers: The Dodgers will return home to host the Tampa Bay Rays for two games, beginning on Tuesday.
Cardinals: The Cardinals will head to Flushing, New York, where the Mets will host them for a three-game set this week in what will be the teams’ first series of the season.