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L.A. Dodgers (62-49) «000200100371
St. Louis (65-46)100000100280

Dodgers down Cardinals, win 15th straight on road

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ST. LOUIS -- Zack Greinke made himself right at home. Just like the rest of the Los Angeles Dodgers have been doing for almost a month.

Greinke pitched into the seventh inning and raised his average to .405 with an RBI single, helping the Dodgers win their 15th straight on the road with a 3-2 victory against the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday night. This is the sixth city during the streak.

"I think we kind of thrive on an us-against-the-stadium mentality," catcher A.J. Ellis said. "It really brings out the best in ourselves."

Nick Punto was productive subbing for injured shortstop Hanley Ramirez and the Dodgers got an RBI apiece from Andre Ethier and A.J. Ellis while matching the Cincinnati Reds' 15-game run in 1957. They're two victories shy of the NL record set by the 1916 New York Giants.

"They're playing great ball obviously," losing pitcher Adam Wainwright said. "I knew that going in, I wanted to end that streak."

Greinke (9-3) allowed two runs in 6 1/3 innings for his 100th career victory, allowing two hits in the third, fourth and fifth but no runs. Paco Rodriguez earned his second career save with a perfect ninth.

Wainwright (13-7) gave up three runs in seven innings and failed in his third consecutive attempt at winning his 14th, working seven innings in all three of those starts. He remained tied for the league lead in victories with teammate Lance Lynn and regretted a fat pitch on Punto's double a lot more than Greinke's hit off a nasty curveball.

Carlos Beltran and Allen Craig had an RBI apiece for the Cardinals, stifled in the opener of a 10-game homestand after totaling 44 runs the previous four games. They've lost nine of 12 overall.

"We score 15 runs and he throws three runs up there in seven innings, it's a good outing," manager Mike Matheny said of Greinke. "It was just one of those days we couldn't get much going."

Matheny wasn't happy about Beltran's first sacrifice bunt of the season after the first two batters reached in the seventh.

"Sometimes we put them on, sometimes we do it on our own," Matheny said.

Punto doubled with two outs in the seventh ahead of Greinke's single that gave the Dodgers a 3-1 lead. His relay to the plate preserved a one-run lead in the fifth and denied David Freese of an RBI double, and he made nice defensive plays to end the seventh and eighth.

He's 6 for 13 (.462) against the Cardinals.

Matt Carpenter doubled off the right-field wall in the first inning and took third when Yasiel Puig fumbled the ball, then sprinted home on Beltran's groundout when Punto sailed a throw over catcher A.J. Ellis' head.

Running shoe-top catches by Puig in right field and Ethier in center helped Greinke strand three Cardinals in a scoreless third. St. Louis came up empty again in the fourth after opening with singles by Jon Jay and Tony Cruz, and Punto's relay in the fifth caught Allen Craig at the plate on Freese's double to right.

"It was just a perfect relay and [Ellis] did a good job tagging," Greinke said. "I thought it was a good decision to send him and everything had to be right, and it was."

The first three Dodgers reached in the fourth, with Adrian Gonzalez stopping at third on Puig's double off the right-field wall and then scoring on Ethier's broken-bat single. Puig scored the go-ahead run when Ellis beat the relay on a potential double-play ball.

Wainwright had retired eight in a row before Punto doubled to the opposite-field in left with two outs in the seventh and Greinke lofted a single that made it 3-1.

Notes

  • Major league ERA leader Clayton Kershaw (10-6, 1.87) faces Cardinals fifth starter Joe Kelly (2-3, 3.10) on Tuesday. Kershaw was the NL pitcher of the month in July going 4-1 with a 1.34 ERA, while Kelly has thrown 14 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings for the Cardinals in a bid to become more than just an occasional fifth starter.
  • The Dodgers are 8-1 in Greinke's past nine starts and Greinke is 3-1 with a 2.38 ERA in four career starts in St. Louis.
 
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Zack Greinke raises his batting average to .405 after he provides an RBI single in the seventh. (USATSI)
Zack Greinke raises his batting average to .405 after he provides an RBI single in the seventh. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

M. Carpenter
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
Los Angeles

Z. Greinke
IP 6.1
H 8
ER 2
BB 1
K 4
 
Los Angeles (N.L.) Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Carl Crawford, LF4010012 .279
Mark Ellis, 2B4000002 .273
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B3110110 .297
Yasiel Puig, RF4110021 .373
Andre Ethier, CF4011010 .269
A.J. Ellis, C4001000 .256
Juan Uribe, 3B4010001 .256
Nick Punto, SS2110101 .247
Zack Greinke, P2011010 .405
Totals3137326  
Batting
2B - Yasiel Puig (12, Wainwright), Nick Punto (10, Wainwright)
SH - Zack Greinke (4)
RBI - Andre Ethier (37), A.J. Ellis (35), Zack Greinke (3)
2-OUT RBI - Zack Greinke (2)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Yasiel Puig 1
DP - Punto-Ellis-Gonzalez
E - Yasiel Puig (4, Misplayed grounder)
Los Angeles (N.L.) Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Zack Greinke (W,9-3) 6.1822140 3.40
Ronald Belisario (H,13) 0.2000000 3.40
Paco Rodriguez (S,2) 2000010 2.25
HBP - Craig (by Zack Greinke), Freese (by Ronald Belisario)
Pitches-Strikes - Zack Greinke 105-64, Ronald Belisario 8-4, Paco Rodriguez 16-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zack Greinke 9-6, Ronald Belisario 2-0, Paco Rodriguez 2-2
Batters Faced - Zack Greinke 29, Ronald Belisario 3, Paco Rodriguez 5
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Matt Carpenter, 2B5120012 .305
Carlos Beltran, RF3011000 .302
Allen Craig, 1B3011000 .321
Matt Holliday, LF4010003 .278
David Freese, 3B3010005 .273
Jon Jay, CF4010021 .260
Tony Cruz, C4010001 .234
Daniel Descalso, SS-3B4000022 .264
Adam Wainwright, P1000001 .140
   a-Adron Chambers, PH0100100 .200
   b-Matt Adams, PH1000000 .286
Totals3228215  
a-walked for Wainwright in the 7th
b-grounded out for Maness in the 9th
Batting
2B - Matt Carpenter (34, Greinke), Carlos Beltran (19, Greinke), David Freese (20, Greinke)
SH - Carlos Beltran (1), Adam Wainwright (8)
RBI - Carlos Beltran (59), Allen Craig (86)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Freese-M. Carpenter-Craig, Freese-M. Carpenter-Craig-Descalso-M. Carpenter-Craig
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Adam Wainwright (L,13-7) 7733250 2.66
Kevin Siegrist 1.1000010 1.00
Seth Maness 0.2000000 2.58
Pitches-Strikes - Adam Wainwright 105-63, Kevin Siegrist 18-12, Seth Maness 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Adam Wainwright 9-5, Kevin Siegrist 1-2, Seth Maness 2-0
Batters Faced - Adam Wainwright 28, Kevin Siegrist 4, Seth Maness 2
Game Information
Attendance - 42464
Game Time - 3:06
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Mike Estabrook, First Base - Jim Joyce, Second Base - Jeff Nelson, Third Base - Jim Wolf