National League Game Summary - St. Louis at Los Angeles|
(Saturday, September 15th)
Final Score: Los Angeles 4, St. Louis 3
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Luis Cruz tied the game in the final inning
and Juan Rivera drove in the winning run as the Dodgers downed the Cardinals,
4-3, in the third of four games.
The Dodgers and Cardinals are now tied for the final wild card spot in the
With two outs in the ninth and Jason Motte (4-5) on the mound, Andre
Ethier kept the inning alive with a single to right and Cruz followed with a
double just out of the reach and over the head of a diving Jon Jay in center
field to tie the game.
Elian Herrera came on to run for Cruz and Rivera stepped to the plate as a
pinch hitter. Rivera chipped a shot that just tipped off the glove of a
leaping Daniel Descalso at second base and Herrera came home to score for the
"I have to be ready every inning," said Rivera. "Every two innings I take
swings in our undercover batting cage. He threw me a cutter, middle-away. I
thought he caught it. This is exciting."
Mark Ellis hit a solo homer and Adrian Gonzalez drove in a run for the
Dodgers, who have won the past two games of this series after dropping four in
"It's a playoff atmosphere here tonight," said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly.
"Some great things happened here and it was such a fun time. We're getting
everything these guys have in them right now."
Ronald Belisario (6-1) got the win for recording the final four outs while Joe
Blanton gave up three runs on four hits with a walk and six strikeouts over 5
2/3 innings in the start.
Allen Craig hit a two-run home run and drove in the other run with a single
for the Cardinals, who have dropped five of their last six. Jaime Garcia gave
up just two runs -- one earned -- on three hits with one walk and five
strikeouts in six innings.
"He had a good outing and his sinker was there all night," said Cardinals
manager Mike Matheny about Garcia. "But to lose like this, no one is happy
The Cardinals jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first when Matt Holliday singled
with two outs and Craig followed with his 21st home run of the season.
Los Angeles got one back in the bottom of the inning as Shane Victorino
reached base when Descalso's throw to first went wide, stole second and came
home on Gonzalez's single.
Ellis' leadoff homer in the third tied the game, but the Cardinals went ahead
in the sixth on Craig's RBI single that scored Garcia.
Yadier Molina started the ninth with a double off the wall in center that Matt
Kemp made a leaping attempt on. Molina, though, tried to stretch it out to a
triple and Kemp gunned him down.
Los Angeles has won six of the 10 games against St. Louis this season ... Los
Angeles batted 3-for-7 with runners in scoring position ... The Dodgers
announced during the game that starter Clayton Kershaw will miss Sunday's
start due to right hip pain and that he will see a specialist in New York on
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