Game Log: Dodgers dominate Cardinals 9-1 -

Game Log: Dodgers dominate Cardinals 9-1

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By John Bailey By John Bailey

(BaseballStL) – The Cardinals defense continued its struggles in the eight inning with Eric Fontanaro on the mound.

To ground balls to the right side of the infield could not be converted into outs as Fontanaro had trouble covering first and receiving the throws. The Dodgers then punished the Redbirds by adding two more runs as the Cards couldn't mount any comeback in the ninth.

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Nick Greenwood entered the game in relief of Lynn in the third inning.

Lynn pitched just 2.0, giving up nine hits, six earned runs and two walks.

Greenwood's inning didn't start well either, giving up a lead off single to A.J. Ellis. Zack Greinke attempted to sacrifice Ellis to second, but Greenwood was able to get the force out at second.

Dee Gordon then hit his second double of the game and pushed Greinke over to third, but Greenwood got Yasiel Puig and Juan Uribe to both ground out.

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With two outs in the thirds, Matt Carpenter's fourth homer of the season put the Cardinals on the board.

But that run was the only one the Cardinals would get in the inning, trailing the Dodgers 7-1.

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The Dodgers poured on more runs, this time earned runs for Lance Lynn, in the second inning.

Andre Ethier led off the inning with a single to center and then came around on a double from Justin Turner.

Turner was taken out of the game due to cramping and replaced by Miguel Rojas as the pinch runner.

A.J. Ellis his a back-to-back double to added another run to extend the Dodgers lead to 3-0 and bringing up starter Zack Greinke. A wild pitch during the at-bat send Ellis to third with no outs. but Greinke grounded out to Lynn, keeping Ellis at third.

But Dee Gordon hit the third double of the inning to push the lead to 4-0. Gordon then tried to score on a wild pitch to Hanley Ramirez after Lynn issued a walk to Yasiel Puig. But Molina flipped the ball to Lynn who slid toward the plate to catch the ball and tag Gordon.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly challenged the call on the field, arguing that Lynn blocked the plate, but the call was upheld to give the Cards two outs and a runner on third.

Lynn then walked Rameriz, his second straight walk to bring up Matt Kemp who singled in Rameriz to give the Dodgers a five run lead. Then Adrian Gonzalez hit a back-to-back single as the ninth batter of the innings to score Rameriz.

Ethier hit a bloop into shallow left field as Matt Holliday, Daniel Descalso and Matt Carpenter converged on the scene, attempting to end the inning, but the ball dropped just fair. Ethier's hit was ruled a double and scored Gonzalez.

The inning finally ended with a ground ball out to short stop Descalso from Miguel Rojas.

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Just hours after a magnificent defensive game by the Cardinals, Saturday an error on a tailored made double play in the bottom half of the first inning gave the Dodgers the lead.

The Dodgers put two runners on, Yasiel Puig and Hanley Rameriz, on with infield singles. Then Adrian Gonzalez grounded a ball at Mark Ellis who shoveled the ball over to Daniel Descalso, starting in place of Jhonny Peralta.

But Descalso couldn’t make the transfer and allowed Puig to score from second base, giving the Dodgers the lead instead of ending the inning for Lance Lynn without any damage.

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