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Los Angeles at St. Louis

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L.A. Dodgers (63-50) «06001200413182
St. Louis (66-47)0000310004101

Dodgers KO Miller with liner, batter Cards with big second

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ST. LOUIS -- The Los Angeles Dodgers knocked out Shelby Miller after just two pitches. Then they poured it on against the replacements, bouncing back a night after their franchise-record 15-game road winning streak ended.

"We swung the bats great," starter Ricky Nolasco said after a 13-4 victory on Wednesday night. "Everybody was swinging the bats today."

The good news for the Cardinals: Miller is optimistic he'll be ready to pitch in five days.

"It feels good," Miller said. "I mean, it doesn't feel good but it's better than it could be. I'm planning on making my next start."

Andre Ethier and Skip Schumaker each had three hits and a season-best four RBI and Carl Crawford had a season-best four hits and a walk. The Dodgers had 18 hits to top their previous best by one, a night losing 5-1 to the Cardinals, and are 16-3 since the All-Star break.

"We don't even look into that stuff, man," Jerry Hairston Jr. said of the road streak. "I know it's big and we had a lot of things go our way and we know that's not going to be the norm.

"We're a confident group, we feel we can get the job done."

X-rays were negative for the 22-year-old Miller, among the league leaders with a 2.89 ERA while going 11-7 in 22 starts, on what the team described as an elbow contusion. Miller pivoted after the pitch to Crawford with his back to the plate, but couldn't get his arm out of the way of the liner that bounded into shallow left field for a double.

"It's not what you want to see on the first batter of the game for any pitcher," manager Mike Matheny said. "He's sore, but it's good we didn't have any fracture or break."

Schumaker and Hairston had two RBI apiece in a six-run second off Jake Westbrook, the scheduled starter Thursday working on three days' rest.

Cardinals third-string catcher Rob Johnson got the last out in the Dodgers' four-run ninth in his second career pitching appearance, striking out Dodgers reliever Paco Rodriguez.

Nolasco (8-9) opened with four scoreless innings before giving up three runs in the fifth, all of them unearned because of the pitcher's wild throw to first for a three-base error.

"That one error cost me pretty much," Nolasco said. "That's what that team does, you give them an extra out and they put together four hits in a row like that."

Rookie Michael Blazek worked out of a bases-loaded jam to finish a scoreless first before the Dodgers took off, sending 10 batters against Westbrook (7-7) in the second.

"Three days rest is sufficient for most people, you want to come in there and do what you can," Westbrook said. "The bottom line is I didn't do that."

Carlos Martinez, among the Cardinals top pitching prospects, was recalled from Triple-A Memphis to start Thursday against the Dodgers and Hyun-Jin Ryu. The 21-year-old right-hander is 4-2 with a 1.76 ERA in the minors and made his major league debut earlier this year out of the bullpen, with a 5.56 ERA in 11 1/3 innings over 10 appearances.

The 35-year-old Westbrook made his first regular-season relief appearance since April 19, 2004, when he worked seven perfect innings for Cleveland against Detroit. In 4 2/3 innings he gave up nine runs on 13 hits.

A Star Wars-themed night that featured graphically-enhanced images of Cardinals players on the video board, and storm troopers at home plate for the exchange of lineup cards fell flat with Matheny, who said he had never seen any movies in the series.

"We weren't a movie-going family," said Matheny, who recalled a childhood minus cable TV, too, and days spent playing football, baseball and Wiffleball.

Notes

  • The Dodgers' Matt Kemp was eligible to come off the DL Tuesday from a left ankle injury but manager Don Mattingly said he's not ready to sprint and make sudden stops and cuts.
  • Holliday has grounded into a career-high 25 double plays, by far the most in the majors, and David Freese is among the leaders with 18 after getting victimized in the fourth. Former Cardinal Albert Pujols twice led the league, totaling 29 in 2011.
  • Dodgers RF Yasiel Puig's attempt at a leaping catch in the stands was thwarted by a fan who gloved the ball on Matt Adams' long foul.
 
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Yasiel Puig's attempt at a leaping catch in the stands is thwarted by a fan. Puig walks 3 times in the game. (USATSI)
Yasiel Puig's attempt at a leaping catch in the stands is thwarted by a fan. Puig walks 3 times in the game. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

C. Crawford
AB 5
R 2
H 4
HR 0
RBI 1
Los Angeles

A. Ethier
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 4
 
Los Angeles (N.L.) Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Carl Crawford, LF5241100 .293
Jerry Hairston Jr., 3B6112005 .247
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B6111013 .295
Yasiel Puig, RF3210300 .372
Andre Ethier, CF5234102 .273
Skip Schumaker, 2B6134014 .260
Tim Federowicz, C5230121 .229
Dee Gordon, SS4121001 .194
   a-Juan Uribe, PH1000010 .255
   Paco Rodriguez, P1000012 .000
Ricky Nolasco, P1000001 .139
   b-Nick Punto, PH-SS1100112 .251
Totals4413181377  
a-struck out for Withrow in the 8th
b-struck out for Nolasco in the 6th
Batting
2B - Carl Crawford (18, Miller), Andre Ethier (25, Butler)
3B - Andre Ethier (2, Westbrook)
SH - Ricky Nolasco 2 (5)
RBI - Carl Crawford (19), Jerry Hairston Jr. 2 (18), Adrian Gonzalez (68), Andre Ethier 4 (41), Skip Schumaker 4 (25), Dee Gordon (6)
2-OUT RBI - Carl Crawford (9), Andre Ethier 3 (16), Skip Schumaker 4 (10), Dee Gordon (4)
SB - Carl Crawford (11, 2nd base off Westbrook/Cruz)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
DP - Gordon-Schumaker-Gonzalez, Gordon-Schumaker-Gonzalez-Hairston-Schumaker-Gonzalez
E - Ricky Nolasco (2, Throwing), Dee Gordon (3, Misplayed grounder)
Los Angeles (N.L.) Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ricky Nolasco (W,8-9) 5730150 3.65
Chris Withrow 2311020 2.76
Paco Rodriguez 1000010 2.20
Carlos Marmol 1000120 6.06
WP - Chris Withrow (2), Carlos Marmol (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Ricky Nolasco 103-66, Chris Withrow 37-27, Paco Rodriguez 7-6, Carlos Marmol 18-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ricky Nolasco 8-2, Chris Withrow 2-2, Paco Rodriguez 1-1, Carlos Marmol 1-0
Batters Faced - Ricky Nolasco 23, Chris Withrow 9, Paco Rodriguez 3, Carlos Marmol 4
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Matt Carpenter, 2B4121100 .304
Jon Jay, CF5130013 .265
Carlos Beltran, RF4021012 .306
   a-Adron Chambers, PH1000001 .167
Matt Holliday, LF3011101 .279
David Freese, 3B3000023 .269
   b-Brock Peterson, PH1000000 .154
Matt Adams, 1B4110030 .289
Tony Cruz, C4000001 .226
Daniel Descalso, SS-3B4111000 .263
   Jake Westbrook, P2000011 .172
   Pete Kozma, SS2000021 .234
Totals374104210  
a-grounded out for Beltran in the 9th
b-grounded out for Choate in the 7th
Batting
RBI - Matt Carpenter (56), Carlos Beltran (61), Matt Holliday (54), Daniel Descalso (31)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Carpenter (25), Carlos Beltran (25), Matt Holliday (24)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Daniel Descalso (10, Misplayed grounder)
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Shelby Miller 0100000 2.89
Michael Blazek 1100110 7.71
Jake Westbrook (L,7-7) 4.21399210 4.11
Randy Choate 1.1000110 2.55
Keith Butler 1.2344330 4.05
Rob Johnson 0.1000010 0.00
IBB - Crawford by Jake Westbrook
Pitches-Strikes - Shelby Miller 2-1, Michael Blazek 21-14, Jake Westbrook 108-66, Randy Choate 25-18, Keith Butler 45-25, Rob Johnson 4-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Westbrook 9-4, Randy Choate 3-1
Batters Faced - Shelby Miller 1, Michael Blazek 5, Jake Westbrook 29, Randy Choate 6, Keith Butler 11, Rob Johnson 1
Game Information
Attendance - 43523
Game Time - 3:47
Temperature - 88
Umpires - Home - Jeff Nelson, First Base - Jim Wolf, Second Base - Mike Estabrook, Third Base - Jim Joyce