Coverage of today's Cards and Dodgers game can be heard on Newstalk 97.3 WTIM beginning at 5:40pm.
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Jhonny Peralta hit the tie-breaking two-
run double in the fifth inning and the St. Louis Cardinals topped the Los
Angeles Dodgers, 3-1, in the second contest of a four-game series.
Yadier Molina homered and Carlos Martinez gave up six hits and a run over the
first 4 1/3 innings. Seth Maness (3-2) gave up just one hit the following 2
1/3 frames. Trevor Rosenthal pitched the ninth for his 24th save.
The game had its share of great defensive plays. Cardinals right fielder Allen
Craig made a sliding grab to rob Scott Van Slyke of a hit in the third inning.
The next frame, Craig made a sliding stop of an A.J. Ellis hit down the right-
field line. Craig got quickly to his feet and threw out Ellis at second. In
the sixth, Jon Jay raced back toward the wall in center and made a diving
catch to take away a hit from Juan Uribe.
Those plays helped the Cardinals secure their fifth victory in seven games.
"We have been pretty good defensively all season. Those defensive plays we
made came at a good time tonight," Craig said.
Hyun-Jin Ryu (9-4) fanned seven over seven innings, but gave up nine hits and
three runs to lose for only the second time in his last eight starts.
"Ryu was good, he changed speeds and threw the ball to both sides of the
plate. They made some plays, they're a good ballclub," Dodgers manager Don
Dee Gordon totaled three hits, including an RBI single, for the Dodgers. LA
had a three-game winning streak broken and lost for only the third time in its
last 11 games.
Uribe flied out to leave the bases full in the opening inning, but the Dodgers
broke on top the next frame when Gordon's grounder into right field plated
Ellis. Miguel Rojas, who reached via infield hit earlier in the inning, tried
to score on a wild pitch. Molina, though, threw to Martinez covering the plate
in time for the out.
Molina homered off the pole in left field in the fourth, and the Cardinals
pushed ahead in the fifth. Martinez singled to center for his first career
hit. Matt Holliday singled with one out, and with two down Peralta hit a ball
to right-center field. Van Slyke seemed to pull up on the ball as Yasiel Puig
was racing from right to possibly make the catch. The ball landed between
Maness escaped trouble in the fifth. With two men on base, Adrian Gonzalez
grounded into an inning-ending double play.
Ellis grounded into a double play to end the game.
Van Slyke was ejected for arguing balls and strikes at the conclusion of the
sixth inning. Andre Ethier replaced him in center field ... Ryu walked one
batter. Dodger starting pitchers have walked two or fewer batters in 31
consecutive games, the longest single-season streak in the National League
since the 1990 Pittsburgh Pirates' 31-game streak and the second-longest run
by a National League club since 1914.