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St. Louis at Los Angeles

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L.A. Dodgers (35-24) «00000001x190

Dodgers edge Cardinals to take over first place in NL West

CBSSports.com wire reports
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LOS ANGELES -- The calendar says June, not October. Yet the Cardinals and Dodgers played as though something big was on the line, with outstanding outings by their starters and stellar defense.

Manny Ramirez hit an RBI double in the eighth inning and the surging Dodgers won 1-0 Tuesday night to take sole possession of first place in the NL West for the first time this season.

"It's June," said Jonathan Broxton, who got the save. "We want to be there at the end of the season."

The Dodgers lead San Diego by a half-game and their 35-24 record is the best in the NL. With their eighth win in 10 games, they're back in first for the first time since being tied on May 22. Eight of their previous nine victories were by one run, including three by scores of 1-0.

St. Louis ace Chris Carpenter and Los Angeles' Hiroki Kuroda dueled through seven scoreless innings.

"It was a classic," Dodgers manager Joe Torre said. "That's postseason baseball. Carpenter did an amazing job getting out of jams. Kuroda, that's as good as you want to see him. If they'd beaten us, I'd still have to say it was a great game."

St. Louis slugger Albert Pujols was blanked for a second straight night and is hitless in eight at-bats in the series, a rematch of last year's first-round playoff won by the Dodgers in a three-game sweep.

"He was commanding his fastball and he wasn't missing his spots," Pujols said about Kuroda. "He was mixing up his pitches and he threw everything."

Matt Holliday singled in the ninth for his first hit in seven at-bats.

"This is a tough place to win," he said. "Carp pitched great, but we just couldn't come up with enough offense to help him out."

Carpenter has a 0.83 ERA since May 28.

"He moved the ball on both sides of the plate and he pitched us tough. We were taking tough at-bats, but he was tougher," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said about Kuroda. "The same thing with Carp. They were taking tough at-bats and Carp was tougher."

Rafael Furcal led off the eighth with a single against Trever Miller (0-1). Andre Ethier singled one out later and Ramirez greeted Kyle McClellan with his double into the right-field corner.

"I don't know how he got that hit," Russell Martin said. "He got jammed a little bit."

Ramirez was the first player out of the Dodgers' clubhouse and didn't speak with reporters in keeping with his behavior this season.

Ethier had to stop at third because of fan interference. James Loney was intentionally walked to load the bases, but McClellan minimized the damage by striking out Casey Blake and Blake DeWitt.

Hong-Chih Kuo (2-1) pitched the eighth and Broxton got three outs for his 15th save in 17 chances -- on his own bobblehead night. He fanned Pujols on a slider in the dirt -- Pujols checked his swing and the umpire ruled a strike.

"We had a one-run lead and I just had to go out there and make pitches," Broxton said. "We've just got to keep playing hard. It ain't over yet."

Cardinals right fielder Ryan Ludwick kept the game scoreless in the seventh with a perfect one-hop throw to catcher Yadier Molina, who had an extra second to brace himself for the collision with DeWitt as he tried to score from second on Martin's one-out single. DeWitt came in with both arms up, but Molina hung onto the ball as he was sent sprawling.

Carpenter gave up six hits, struck out five and walked one. Kuroda allowed four hits, struck out six and walked one.

"That's a quality lineup over there that have pretty tough at-bats on you, but I was able to execute," Carpenter said. "Obviously, the play Luddy made was a real big play in the game. We came out and took a tough one last night, and we took another tough one tonight."

Notes
  • Los Angeles improved to 14-6 in one-run games, tops in the NL.
  • Dodgers RHP Vicente Padilla threw 61 pitches in 4 2/3 innings of his second rehab start with Class-A Inland Empire, allowing one run and three hits, striking out four and walking one.
  • The Dodgers activated LHP George Sherrill from the disabled list and optioned RHP Jon Link to Triple-A Albuquerque. Sherrill had been out since May 24 with tightness in his back.
  • The Cardinals optioned RHP P.J. Walters to Triple-A Memphis and recalled RHP Fernando Salas from their top farm club.
 
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Manny Ramirez hits a ground-rule double to drive in the only run the Dodgers need in this game (AP)
Manny Ramirez hits a ground-rule double to drive in the only run the Dodgers need in this game (AP)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

H. Kuroda
IP 7.0
H 4
ER 0
BB 1
K 6
St. Louis

C. Carpenter
IP 7.0
H 6
ER 0
BB 1
K 5
 

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St. Louis Cardinals
Felipe Lopez, 3B3010100 .273
Randy Winn, CF4020011 .243
Albert Pujols, 1B4000033 .306
Matt Holliday, LF4010001 .300
Ryan Ludwick, RF4010021 .293
Skip Schumaker, 2B4010021 .241
Yadier Molina, C3000001 .249
Brendan Ryan, SS3000000 .201
Chris Carpenter, P2000000 .038
   a- David Freese, PH1000010 .311
    Trever Miller, P0000000 .000
    Kyle McClellan, P00000001.000
Totals3206019  
a-struck out for Carpenter in the 8th
Batting
2B - Randy Winn (2, Kuroda)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Ryan Ludwick 1
St. Louis Cardinals
Chris Carpenter 7600150 2.54
Trever Miller (L,0-1) 0.1211000 3.77
Kyle McClellan 0.2100120 1.67
IBB - Loney by Kyle McClellan
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Carpenter 97-61, Trever Miller 11-7, Kyle McClellan 19-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Carpenter 8-7
Batters Faced - Chris Carpenter 27, Trever Miller 3, Kyle McClellan 4
Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS4120021 .302
Matt Kemp, CF3000102 .279
Andre Ethier, RF4030001 .360
Manny Ramirez, LF4011013 .278
    Reed Johnson, PR-LF0000000 .314
James Loney, 1B3000112 .279
Casey Blake, 3B4000024 .269
Blake DeWitt, 2B4010013 .280
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
Russell Martin, C3020000 .250
Hiroki Kuroda, P1000000 .000
   a- Garret Anderson, PH1000001 .154
    Hong-Chih Kuo, P0000000 .000
    Jamey Carroll, 2B0000000 .293
Totals3119127  
a-flied out for Kuroda in the 7th
Batting
2B - Andre Ethier 2 (16, Carpenter, Carpenter), Manny Ramirez (9, McClellan), Blake DeWitt (10, Carpenter)
SH - Hiroki Kuroda (6)
RBI - Manny Ramirez (26)
SB - Matt Kemp (9, 2nd base off Carpenter/Molina)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Furcal-DeWitt-Loney
Los Angeles Dodgers
Hiroki Kuroda 7400160 3.30
Hong-Chih Kuo (W,2-1) 1100010 1.06
Jonathan Broxton (S,15) 1100020 0.99
Pitches-Strikes - Hiroki Kuroda 101-66, Hong-Chih Kuo 15-10, Jonathan Broxton 20-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hiroki Kuroda 8-6, Hong-Chih Kuo 1-1, Jonathan Broxton 1-0
Batters Faced - Hiroki Kuroda 25, Hong-Chih Kuo 4, Jonathan Broxton 4
Game Information
Attendance - 48046
Game Time - 2:45
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Dana DeMuth, First Base - Kerwin Danley, Second Base - C.B. Bucknor, Third Base - Doug Eddings