National League Game Summary - St. Louis at Los Angeles|
(Thursday, September 13th)
Final Score: St. Louis 2, Los Angeles 1
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Allen Craig hit a go-ahead RBI single in
the seventh inning and the St. Louis Cardinals opened a crucial four-game
series with a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Lance Lynn (15-7) allowed one run on five hits over six innings to earn the
win in his first start since August 24. The righty walked two and struck out
"I'm a pitcher," said Lynn. "I'm just trying to help the team. I'm trying to
keep it simple. This was a big win for us."
Jason Motte worked around Hanley Ramirez's two-out double in the ninth to
notch his 34th save of the season.
Skip Schumaker added a second-inning RBI single for the Cardinals, who
bounced back from a sweep in their previous series and increased their lead
over the Dodgers in the NL Wild Card standings to two games.
Josh Beckett made his fourth start since joining Los Angeles and gave up one
run over 5 1/3 innings while Paco Rodriguez (0-1) was charged with the
deciding run in the loss.
Adrian Gonzalez had a first-inning RBI double for the Dodgers, losers of four
in a row and seven of eight.
"I still feel we're going to win," said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. "We
have to keep working hard. We're trying not to press."
Rodriguez relieved Beckett with runners on first and second in the sixth and
ended the threat, but walked pinch-hitter Shane Robinson to begin the seventh
and gave up a one-out single to Matt Carpenter before exiting.
After Ronald Belisario lined out Matt Holiday, Craig slapped a single through
the right side of the infield to score Robinson from second base.
In the bottom half, Luis Cruz reached with one down on an error by Carpenter.
Dee Gordon entered as a pinch-runner, but he was caught stealing second by
catcher Yadier Molina.
Mitchell Boggs tossed a 1-2-3 eighth and Motte induced Shane Victorino's fly
out to strand Ramirez in the ninth.
The Dodgers began the game with Mark Ellis' single and Andre Ethier's walk
before Matt Kemp grounded into a 5-4-3 double play. Gonzalez then delivered a
Tobago into the left-center field gap to score Ellis.
Three consecutive one-out singles -- by Molina, Carlos Beltran and Schumaker
-- tied the game in the second.
The Cardinals halted a four-game road slide ... Beckett is 1-2 in four
appearances since joining the club via trade with the Boston Red Sox ... The
Dodgers were 1-for-5 with runners in scoring position.
09/14 02:26:24 ET