Coverage of today's Cards and Dodgers game can be heard on Newstalk 97.3 WTIM beginning at 2:35pm.
St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Matt Holliday smacked a two-run homer
among his two hits and three RBI as the St. Louis Cardinals edged the Los
Angeles Dodgers, 3-2, in the opener of a three-game set.
Kolten Wong went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored, while Lance Lynn (11-6)
struck out nine and surrendered two runs on four hits and four walks over six-
plus innings for the Cardinals, who have won six of their last eight games.
"He's got a lot of wins and there's a reason, because he's got great stuff and
he knows how to win," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said of Lynn.
Trevor Rosenthal fired a 1-2-3 ninth to notch his 29th save of the season.
Dan Haren (8-7) allowed three runs on eight hits and two walks over 4 2/3
frames for Los Angeles, which had won three of its last four contests heading
into the All-Star break.
The Cardinals led 3-0 after six innings before the Dodgers trimmed the deficit
to a run following a two-run seventh.
Back-to-back doubles by Juan Uribe and A.J. Ellis to lead off the seventh
plated a run and knocked Lynn out of the game. Seth Maness came on and Ellis
advanced to third following a Justin Turner groundout. He scored on a Maness
breaking pitch in the dirt to make it 3-2.
Adrian Gonzalez singled and Matt Kemp walked with one away in the eighth
against Pat Neshek, but the submarine pitcher struck out Andre Ethier looking
and got Uribe to pop out and end the threat.
St. Louis opened the scoring with a run in the first and added two more in the
fifth to jump out to its three-run cushion.
Back-to-back one-out doubles by Wong and Holliday in the opening frame plated
the game's first run.
Wong hit a one-out single in the fifth and Holliday followed by belting his
two-run shot onto the grassy knoll in center and make it 3-0.
"Dan (Haren) really battled and did a great job, just couldn't get Matt
Holliday out," Ellis said.
The Cardinals were 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position, while the Dodgers
finished 1-for-8 with RISP ... Holliday's homer was his seventh of the season.