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Pujols delivers in 15th, Cards hand Dodgers fourth straight loss

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ST. LOUIS -- Seven innings after Clayton Kershaw concluded a brilliant outing, the Los Angeles Dodgers had their first four-game losing streak of the season.

Albert Pujols lined an RBI single over the head of center fielder Matt Kemp with two outs in the 15th inning Wednesday night, giving the St. Louis Cardinals a 3-2 victory over the Dodgers.

The NL West leaders were the last team in the majors to lose three straight and they were one strike from ending that skid in regulation.

"This was just a tough game," Dodgers manager Joe Torre said. "But it was a remarkable game on both sides."

Both teams had several chances in extra innings in a game that lasted 4 hours, 53 minutes and included 453 pitches.

"By my count, there were about three different games," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. "Heroics all over the ballpark on both sides."

Kershaw allowed four hits and struck out seven in eight scoreless innings, a career high. He is 5-0 with an 0.79 ERA in his last nine starts, and lowered his ERA to 2.76.

Blake Hawksworth (1-0) allowed two hits and struck out three with an intentional walk in three innings for his first career victory.

Jeff Weaver (5-4) worked two perfect innings before running into trouble in the 15th when Brendan Ryan led off with a triple. Two outs later, Pujols delivered on a full count.

"It was huge the way we battled back," Pujols said. "In a game like this, you have to make a lot of great plays."

The Cardinals are 11-2 against the Dodgers at 4-year-old Busch Stadium, and 17-3 at home against Los Angeles since 2004. The Dodgers stranded a season-high 15 runners.

The four-game skid is the Dodgers' worst since they dropped eight straight from Aug. 22-29, 2008, and they have totaled three runs and 33 hits the first three games of a four-game series.

Manny Ramirez's spectacular leaping catch at the left-field wall prevented a go-ahead extra-base hit by Ryan to end the seventh.

The Cardinals had runners on first and second in the seventh when Ramirez pulled down Ryan's drive, took a few steps back from the wall and tossed the ball into the stands. A fan tossed it back so quickly that many in the sellout crowd believed it was a home run, and Ryan had a puzzled look as he stood on second base as the Dodgers trotted off the field.

"My heart dropped into my stomach when I saw him throw the ball back into the stands," Ryan said. "I felt nauseous."

Cardinals starter Joel Pineiro gave up one run and six hits in eight innings, lowering his ERA to 2.84.

"It was a fun game to be part of," Pineiro said.

The Cardinals were down to their last strike before Colby Rasmus' broken-bat, opposite-field RBI single in the ninth off Jonathan Broxton. It ended Broxton's run of 12 consecutive saves, although Rasmus was caught stealing to force extra innings.

"I'll take 1-0 going into the ninth with Broxton as our closer," Kershaw said. "I'll take those chances you know 100 percent of the time."

Both teams scored in the 11th, the Dodgers getting to All-Star closer Ryan Franklin with two hits and a sacrifice fly by Kemp and the Cardinals answering on Ryan Ludwick's one-out RBI single off Ramon Troncoso before stranding two runners.

Ludwick's strong throw from right field nipped Ramirez at the plate trying to score on Casey Blake's two-out single to end the 12th.

Ludwick, who got his first start of the year in center field instead of his usual spot in right, mistimed a diving attempt on Blake's sinking liner to help the Dodgers take the lead. Blake ended with a triple on a ball that went to the wall and James Loney, who had four hits, followed with an opposite-field single for his team-leading 63rd RBI, one more than Andre Ethier.

Notes

  • Pinch-hitter Joe Thurston's one-out double in the 12th was wiped out on appeal because he missed first base. It's at least the second time the Dodgers have won such an appeal play, also negating the go-ahead run in a 3-2 victory over the Mets on May 18 because Ryan Church missed third base.
  • Pujols doubled leading off the seventh for only his third extra-base hit since the All-Star break.
  • Franklin has allowed three runs and seven hits in three innings since the break.
 
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Julio Lugo trots home victoriously after Albert Pujols sends a shot over the center fielder in the 15th.  (AP)
Julio Lugo trots home victoriously after Albert Pujols sends a shot over the center fielder in the 15th. (AP)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

A. Pujols
AB 7
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
Los Angeles

J. Loney
AB 7
R 0
H 4
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS7020000 .266
Orlando Hudson, 2B6010021 .290
Manny Ramirez, LF5020221 .327
Andre Ethier, RF5000214 .268
Casey Blake, 3B5230216 .275
James Loney, 1B7041001 .293
Russell Martin, C7000026 .261
Matt Kemp, CF5011111 .312
Clayton Kershaw, P3000031 .118
   a- Mark Loretta, PH1000003 .227
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
    Ramon Troncoso, P1000011 .000
    Hong-Chih Kuo, P0000000 .000
    Guillermo Mota, P0000000 .000
   b- Juan Pierre, PH1000001 .313
    Jeff Weaver, P0000000 .333
Totals532132713  
a-grounded out for Kershaw in the 9th
b-hit into fielder's choice for Mota in the 13th
Batting
2B - Manny Ramirez (14, Motte)
3B - Casey Blake (4, Pineiro)
SF - Matt Kemp (3)
SH - Orlando Hudson (5)
RBI - James Loney (63), Matt Kemp (56)
Team LOB - 15
Fielding
DP - Furcal-Hudson-Loney
Los Angeles Dodgers
Clayton Kershaw 8400270 2.76
Jonathan Broxton (BS,3) 1211010 2.89
Ramon Troncoso 1.1311100 2.02
Hong-Chih Kuo 0.2000010 5.14
Guillermo Mota 1000010 2.92
Jeff Weaver (L,5-4) 2.2211120 3.83
WP - Jonathan Broxton (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Clayton Kershaw 112-74, Jonathan Broxton 15-10, Ramon Troncoso 30-17, Hong-Chih Kuo 6-4, Guillermo Mota 7-6, Jeff Weaver 44-26
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clayton Kershaw 6-10, Jonathan Broxton 1-0, Ramon Troncoso 3-1, Guillermo Mota 1-1, Jeff Weaver 2-4
Batters Faced - Clayton Kershaw 29, Jonathan Broxton 4, Ramon Troncoso 8, Hong-Chih Kuo 2, Guillermo Mota 3, Jeff Weaver 11
St. Louis Cardinals
Julio Lugo, 2B6110111 .306
Mark DeRosa, 3B7110011 .263
Albert Pujols, 1B7031011 .323
Matt Holliday, LF5020122 .299
Ryan Ludwick, CF-RF5121004 .273
Nick Stavinoha, RF3000022 .221
    Colby Rasmus, CF3011012 .257
Yadier Molina, C4000212 .281
Brendan Ryan, SS5010002 .282
Joel Pineiro, P2000020 .186
   a- Skip Schumaker, PH1000010 .304
    Dennys Reyes, P0000000 .000
    Kyle McClellan, P0000000 .000
    Trever Miller, P0000000 .000
   b- Rick Ankiel, PH1000001 .239
    Ryan Franklin, P0000000 .000
    Jason Motte, P0000000 .000
   c- Joe Thurston, PH1000000 .228
    Blake Hawksworth, P0000000 .000
   d- Jason LaRue, PH1000001 .231
Totals513113412  
a-struck out for Pineiro in the 8th
b-grounded out for Miller in the 10th
c-grounded out for Motte in the 12th
d-popped out for Hawksworth in the 15th
Batting
2B - Albert Pujols (23, Kershaw)
3B - Brendan Ryan (4, Weaver)
SH - Ryan Ludwick (1), Brendan Ryan (5)
RBI - Albert Pujols (92), Ryan Ludwick (66), Colby Rasmus (35)
2-OUT RBI - Albert Pujols (13), Colby Rasmus (9)
CS - Colby Rasmus (1, 2nd base by Broxton/Martin)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Ryan Ludwick 1
DP - Ryan-Lugo-Pujols, Lugo-Ryan-Pujols
St. Louis Cardinals
Joel Pineiro 8611270 2.84
Dennys Reyes 0.1100100 3.80
Kyle McClellan 1.1000210 2.84
Trever Miller 0.1000000 2.03
Ryan Franklin 1211010 1.41
Jason Motte 1200110 5.40
Blake Hawksworth (W,1-0) 3200130 3.18
IBB - Ethier by Jason Motte, Ramirez by Blake Hawksworth
Pitches-Strikes - Joel Pineiro 112-73, Dennys Reyes 9-4, Kyle McClellan 29-16, Trever Miller 3-2, Ryan Franklin 16-12, Jason Motte 22-12, Blake Hawksworth 47-29
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joel Pineiro 9-6, Dennys Reyes 1-0, Kyle McClellan 1-2, Trever Miller 1-0, Blake Hawksworth 5-1
Batters Faced - Joel Pineiro 30, Dennys Reyes 3, Kyle McClellan 6, Trever Miller 1, Ryan Franklin 5, Jason Motte 5, Blake Hawksworth 12
Game Information
Attendance - 40011
Game Time - 4:53
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Mark Wegner, First Base - Tim Timmons, Second Base - Jeff Kellogg, Third Base - Rob Drake