Trevor Rosenthal ended any drama the Dodgers might have had in mind by getting Andre Ethier to ground into a game-ending 6-4-3 double play after surrendering a one-out single to Scott Van Slyke. Rosenthal gained his 30th save.
Freeman gave up his first run run since June 24 on a walk, double by Dee Gordon and a sac fly by Carl Crawford to pull the Dodgers within two runs at 4-2. Pat Neshek came on and fanned Matt Kemp and Hanley Ramirez to keep it right there. Here comes Rosenthal.....
Sam Freeman on in the 8th inning as Cards miss a golden opportunity to add on after Kolten Wong's leadoff double. Still, Cards 6 outs away with a 4-1 lead.
Joe Kelly has retired 10 straight Dodgers and is coming out for the seventh inning. George Kottaras gets his first Cardinal hit and with nine outs to play, Redbirds still lead 4-1.
Slugger Matt Holliday was removed from the game in the bottom of the fifth inning in what the Cardinals called a "precaution." Holliday banged his head into Dee Gorden on a first inning pick-off attempt but remained in the game until the fifth when Peter Bourjos pinch hit for him. Bourjos singled, stole second and moved to third on a ground out but after a walk to Johnny Peralta, Oscar Taveras lined out. After 5, still 4-1 good guys.
Joe Kelly retired the side in order for the first time since April and Zack Greinke matched him.Still 4-1 Cards as Dodgers bat Greinke and then the top of the order in the fifth inning.
The Dodgers continue to threaten but are turned away with just one run. A one-out single by Dee Gordon, followed by a stolen base and a wild pitch gave the Dodgers their first runner at third base in the top of the third. Kelly fanned Carl Crawford, hit Yasiel Puig and surrendered an infield single to Hanley Ramirez to score Gorden. But a groundout by Adrian Gonzalez with two runners on ended the rally.
Cards lead 4-1 a third of the way home.
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In the second inning, Kelly, pitching very deliberately, worked around a single and Matt Carpenter's 9th error, escaping damage with an inning-ending double play. Still 4-0 Redbirds.
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Matt Holliday's two-run single pushed his RBI total to 50 on the year and gave the Redbirds an early 2-0 lead. Matt Carpenter coaxed a rare walk from Zack Greinke and Kolten Wong beat out an infield hit with both runners advancing on a wild throw to set up Holliday.
Matt Adams followed with a homer to right and suddenly, it was 4-0 Cardinals with no outs. Peralta and Taveras went quietly before George Kottaras walked, but Jon Jay's grounder to second ended the inning.
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Cardinals pitcher Joe Kelly looked much better in his second start after nearly two months on the disbaled list, recovering from a hamstring pull. Kelly worked slower and with the help of a double play, got out of the first inning with no runs.