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Holliday sac fly in ninth helps Cards take series from Dodgers

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LOS ANGELES -- Two mistakes ended Adam Wainwright's no-hit bid. Luckily for the St. Louis Cardinals, they still won the game.

Matt Holliday's sacrifice fly snapped a ninth-inning tie for a 3-2 victory against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night in the series finale between two first-place teams. It was the Cardinals' fifth consecutive series victory against the Dodgers.

"I would've liked to be on the winning side, but it's still a big win for the team," said Wainwright, who was perfect through four innings with two strikeouts.

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Kyle McClellan (4-2) got the victory with one hitless inning, while striking out one and walking one. Ryan Franklin pitched the ninth for his 31st save in 33 chances.

Jonathan Broxton (7-1) took the loss, allowing one run in the ninth. He gave up a leadoff walk to Albert Pujols, who stole second and continued to third on catcher Russell Martin's throwing error.

"We have to find a way to block the ball [at second base]," Torre said. "The walk comes back to haunt you. But you can understand that Brox is being very careful with Albert."

Holliday then flied out to center to score Pujols.

"We need a heads-up play. They weren't paying attention," Pujols said. "You don't have to be a hero every time. You can win a game making a diving catch. We keep battling and making plays."

The Dodgers had the tying run in scoring position in the bottom of the ninth when James Loney flied out to left to end the game.

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Wainwright was unhittable through five innings. Things fell apart when he gave up home runs to Andre Ethier and Casey Blake in the seventh.

Wainwright walked Manny Ramirez to lead off the fifth, giving the Dodgers their first baserunner of the game. Wainwright struck out Blake before Loney hit into an inning-ending double play.

The right-hander yielded his first hit in the sixth, a one-out single to Orlando Hudson.

Wainwright ran into trouble in the seventh, falling behind in the count to Ethier before giving up the one-out home run. Ramirez flied out to right before Blake sent a 2-2 pitch into the left field pavilion to tie the game at 2.

"The pitch to Ethier was not a bad pitch. I wanted to throw a little bit low," Wainwright said. "The other one was a despicable pitch. I sort of felt like I blew the save but we won and it didn't matter."

Wainwright allowed two runs on four hits, struck out three and walked one in seven innings.

"Adam was efficient and aggressive," La Russa said. "It's kind of a shame."

Los Angeles starter Clayton Kershaw gave up two runs and five hits in 3 2/3 innings, struck out five and walked four a day after having flulike symptoms.

"There wasn't an easy out and I wasn't throwing enough strikes," he said. "I'm trying to throw the ball where I want to. It's just not going there sometimes. It was just a bad night. I hate that term learning process, but I guess it's part of it."

Notes

  • The Dodgers lost their fourth consecutive one-run game.
  • The Dodgers were hitless through five innings, the longest they had been hitless to start a game since June 16 against Oakland.
  • Kemp went 0 for 4 on his bobblehead night.
  • RHP John Smoltz is expected to join the Cardinals on Thursday in San Diego after the free agent signed with them Wednesday.
  • Free-agent RHP Vicente Padilla signed a minor league deal with the Dodgers on Wednesday and will start at Triple-A Albuquerque on Saturday.
 
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Catcher Yadier Molina gives the Cardinals the early lead with an RBI double in the fourth inning.  (AP)
Catcher Yadier Molina gives the Cardinals the early lead with an RBI double in the fourth inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

B. Ryan
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
Los Angeles

A. Ethier
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 
St. Louis Cardinals
Brendan Ryan, SS5031000 .292
Julio Lugo, 2B5000014 .298
Albert Pujols, 1B1100311 .321
Matt Holliday, LF3001115 .314
Ryan Ludwick, RF5010033 .265
Mark DeRosa, 3B5110011 .256
Yadier Molina, C4121001 .296
Colby Rasmus, CF3000132 .256
Adam Wainwright, P2000102 .159
   a- Khalil Greene, PH1000000 .211
    Kyle McClellan, P0000000 .000
    Dennys Reyes, P0000000 .000
    Ryan Franklin, P0000000 .000
Totals34373610  
a-popped out for Wainwright in the 8th
Batting
2B - Yadier Molina 2 (18, Kershaw, McDonald)
3B - Brendan Ryan (5, Kuo)
SF - Matt Holliday (6)
RBI - Brendan Ryan (22), Matt Holliday (77), Yadier Molina (42)
SB - Albert Pujols (12, 3rd base off Broxton/Martin)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - Ryan-Lugo-Pujols
St. Louis Cardinals
Adam Wainwright 7422132 2.61
Kyle McClellan (W,4-2) 1000110 2.88
Dennys Reyes0000000 4.28
Ryan Franklin (S,31) 1000000 1.13
HBP - Ethier (by Dennys Reyes)
Pitches-Strikes - Adam Wainwright 99-60, Kyle McClellan 16-8, Dennys Reyes 1-0, Ryan Franklin 13-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Adam Wainwright 11-6, Kyle McClellan 1-1, Ryan Franklin 1-2
Batters Faced - Adam Wainwright 25, Kyle McClellan 4, Dennys Reyes 1, Ryan Franklin 3
Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS4000002 .259
Matt Kemp, CF4000001 .309
Andre Ethier, RF3111010 .285
Manny Ramirez, LF3000110 .305
Casey Blake, 3B4111012 .279
James Loney, 1B4010002 .279
Russell Martin, C3000001 .261
Orlando Hudson, 2B2010100 .295
Clayton Kershaw, P1000000 .103
    James McDonald, P0000000 .000
   a- Juan Pierre, PH1000000 .318
    Ronald Belisario, P0000000 .000
    Hong-Chih Kuo, P0000000 .000
   b- Tony Abreu, PH1000011 .200
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
Totals3024224  
a-grounded out for McDonald in the 6th
b-struck out for Kuo in the 8th
Batting
2B - James Loney (22, Wainwright)
HR - Andre Ethier (25, Wainwright), Casey Blake (14, Wainwright)
RBI - Andre Ethier (82), Casey Blake (67)
2-OUT RBI - Casey Blake (28)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
E - Casey Blake (9, Misplayed grounder), Rafael Furcal (15, Throwing), Russell Martin (7, Throwing)
Los Angeles Dodgers
Clayton Kershaw 3.2522450 2.96
James McDonald 2.1100110 4.18
Ronald Belisario 1000010 2.24
Hong-Chih Kuo 1100020 3.52
Jonathan Broxton (L,7-1) 1010110 3.05
IBB - Rasmus by James McDonald
HBP - Pujols (by James McDonald)
WP - Clayton Kershaw (7)
Pitches-Strikes - Clayton Kershaw 97-60, James McDonald 39-22, Ronald Belisario 17-10, Hong-Chih Kuo 14-9, Jonathan Broxton 18-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clayton Kershaw 2-4, James McDonald 4-3, Jonathan Broxton 1-1
Batters Faced - Clayton Kershaw 20, James McDonald 11, Ronald Belisario 3, Hong-Chih Kuo 4, Jonathan Broxton 4
Game Information
Attendance - 54847
Game Time - 3:18
Temperature - 69
Umpires - Home - Field Culbreth, First Base - Adrian Johnson, Second Base - Brian Gorman, Third Base - Gary Cederstrom