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Gonzalez, Dodgers drop Cardinals

St.  Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Adrian Gonzalez hit a go-ahead RBI single 
in  the  top of the  ninth inning  and the Los  Angeles Dodgers topped the St. 
Louis Cardinals, 4-3, to salvage a three-game set. 

A.J.  Ellis led off the ninth with a double to center against Trevor Rosenthal 
(1-5).  Justin Turner and Dee Gordon both struck out before Hanley Ramirez was 
hit  by a pitch. Gonzalez then slapped a base hit to right to plate the pinch- 
runner Miguel Rojas and give the Dodgers a 4-3 edge. 

Kenley Jansen fired a 1-2-3 ninth to garner his 28th save of the season. 

Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw, who had won eight straight starts, struck out 
eight  and allowed  three runs on six  hits and a walk in a no-decision, while 
J.P. Howell (2-3) notched the win for recording the final out in the eighth. 

"It  was a  struggle," Kershaw said of  his start. "I didn't have a great idea 
where the ball was going for most of the night." 

Peter  Bourjos cracked a two-run homer among his two hits for St. Louis, which 
had won seven of its last nine games coming in. 

Both teams scored a run in the second to open the scoring. 

Andre  Ethier  smacked a  one-out triple and  later came home  on a Juan Uribe 
single  to  right. Jhonny  Peralta led off  the home second  with a single and 
scored two batters later on Allen Craig's double to left center. 

The Dodgers pushed a pair of runs across in the third before the Cardinals got 
both runs back in the sixth. 

Kershaw  walked to  begin the  third and  advanced to  second on  Dee Gordon's 
groundout.  Ramirez coaxed a free pass and after Gonzalez lined out, Matt Kemp 
and Ethier both hit RBI singles to give LA a 3-1 lead. 

Matt Carpenter walked to start the sixth and Bourjos followed by launching his 
two-run shot just over the wall in left-center to knot the contest at 3-3. 

"It  was  a mistake  and fortunately  I didn't  miss it,"  Bourjos said of his 
homer. 

The  Dodgers put runners  on the corners with one out in the seventh, but Seth 
Maness  got Kemp  to ground  into an  inning-ending double  play. In  the home 
seventh, A.J. Ellis picked off Mark Ellis at second with two away. 

St.  Louis threatened again in the eighth, putting runners on first and second 
with two outs, but Matt Adams grounded out to quell that opportunity. 

                                   Game Notes 

Kershaw  stole his first base of his career in the fourth inning ... Cardinal
starter  Carlos Martinez surrendered three runs on six hits and two walks over 
four  frames  ... The Dodgers were  5-for-14 with runners in scoring position, 
while  St. Louis finished  0-for-5 ... Ramirez was taken out of the game after 
getting hit in the hand in the ninth. 

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