Game Log: Cardinals outlast Dodgers to win 3-2

Game Log: Cardinals outlast Dodgers to win 3-2

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by JJ Bailey / BaseballStL | @TheJJBailey

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Posted on July 18, 2014 at 7:35 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 18 at 10:18 PM

(BaseballstL) — Trevor Rosenthal came on to close out the game, having put at least one man on in his last 13 appearances. 

He began by getting a soft fly ball to right field from A.J. Ellis, the struck out pinch hitter Carl Crawford on a 3-2 pitch out of the zone. Crawford chased high, and was fanned for the second out. 

He closed the door with authority, striking out Dee Gordon to end the game and give the Birds a 3-2 win. 

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Pat Neshek came on in the eighth hoping to hold the one-run lead. After getting a pop up from Hanley Ramirez, the All Star reliever found himself with two on after the next two Dodgers reached. 

Adrian Gonzalez reched on his first hit of the night, and Matt Kemps walk made it first and second with one out. 

Andre Ethier took a called third on the outside edge of the zone, and with the crowd roaring, Juan Uribe stepped in to face Neshek. 

The unorthodox righty got the Los Angeles third baseman in an 0-2 hole, then got him to pop up foul to Tony Cruz, ending the threat with his 14th hold. 

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Lance Lynn's night came to a close in the seventh inning, when the Dodgers put up back-to-back doubles to plate their first runner. 

Juan Uribe and A.J. Ellis, both hitless on the night, strung two hits together to close the gap to 3-1 and bring Seth Maness in from the bullpen. Lynn exited with nine strikeouts and four hits allowed. 

Maness got the first man he faced, Justin Turner, to ground out to second for the frame's first out. The ball moved Ellis up a station to third, and he scored on the next hitter when a curveball dove into the dirt to Tony Cruz's right.

The wild pitch made the game 3-2 Cardinals, and it would stay that way as Dee Gordon ended his at bat with a fly ball and Yasiel Puig grounded to short to end the inning. 

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Since Busch's walls were a problem in the fourth, Matt Holliday decided to go over them on his own in the fifth. 

After Kolten Wong roped a one-out single into right field, Holliday blasted his seventh homer of the season 435 feet to dead center. 

When he crossed the plate, it was his 1,000th career run scored. 

Matt Adams made it two outs with a grounder to Adrian Gonzalez, but Jhonny Peralta doubled to left center to keep the inning alive. 

Allen Craig walked, pushing Haren from the game and bringing in Chris Perez to face Jon Jay. Jay fell behind 1-2 before grounding out to end the attack. 

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The walls of Busch Stadium claimed another Cardinal RBI Friday when Jon Jay's shot to left hopped into the stands in the fourth inning. 

Allen Craig had looped a two-out single, and would have scored easily on the hit, but the ground rule double kept him at third. 

The Dodgers walked Tony Cruz to get to Lance Lynn, and he grounded to short to end the inning with the bases loaded and no runs scored. 

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Lynn is determined to put the one big inning demon to rest. In the third, he pitched his way out of a jam to preserve the 1-0 lead by striking a man out with the bases jammed. 

After striking out Dan Haren to begin the inning, he issued a walk to one of the fastest players in the game in Dee Gordon. 

Yasiel Puig punched a ball into right field for a single, and when it hit the grass, Gordon flew around to third base. Hanley Ramirez struck out to follow, putting the Cardinals one out away from dodging trouble. 

After getting Adrian Gonzalez to 3-2, Lynn missed the zone to load the bases. 

Matt Kemp stepped in with a chance to put the Dodgers out in front, but the Cardinal hurler set him down on strikes with four straight fastballs. 

Los Angeles stranded five runners in three innings, and still trail the Cardinals by a run.

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After a shutdown 11-pitch first inning from Lance Lynn, the Cardinals got to work in their half of the inning. 

Kolten Wong popped a one-out double into left field and scored when Matt Holliday hit a 3-2 double over Andre Ethier’s head in center. 

With one on and one out, Matt Adams skied a ball into center, allowing Holliday to tag to third.

 

Jhonny Peralta chopped a ball to third, but Juan Uribe snagged it and tossed to first to end the inning with the Cardinals up 1-0.

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