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Los Angeles at St. Louis

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L.A. Dodgers (64-50) «0010300105101
St. Louis (66-48)000100000171

Ellis' 3-run homer lifts scorching Dodgers over Cards

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ST. LOUIS -- Hyun-Jin Ryu has been pitching more like a savvy veteran then a rookie this season.

Ryu pitched seven stellar innings and got help from a three-run homer by A.J. Ellis as the red-hot Los Angeles Dodgers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-1 Thursday night.

The Dodgers have won 17 of their last 18 games on the road, with the only loss coming Tuesday to St. Louis in the second game of the four-game set. Los Angeles returns home for a six-game home stand against Tampa and the New York Mets.

Although he is in his first year with the Dodgers, Ryu pitched professionally in Korea for seven years before coming to Los Angeles, and it shows, according to Ellis.

"This guy knows how to pitch so well," Ellis said. "He pitches to the scoreboard as well as anyone I've caught. He knew he had a great lineup across the way that we had to face, and from the get-go, he was really locked in."

Ryu (11-3) allowed one unearned run on five hits while striking out seven and walking no one. He increased his winning percentage to .786, which is the highest winning percentage for a rookie in Dodgers' history.

He shut down the Cardinals without his best fastball.

"Most of my pitches were on point today," Ryu said through an interpreter. "The only concern I had was that my fastball, the velocity was not as high as I hoped it would be. Thanks to my other pitches, I was able to get out of the innings."

Fellow Los Angeles rookie Yasiel Puig had three hits to raise his batting average to .377. Adrian Gonzalez drove in a run with a sacrifice fly and Jerry Hairston had a pinch-hit RBI single.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was thrilled to take three of four from the Cardinals.

"This is a good club over there," Mattingly said. "Just like us, they feel like they got to win every day. We feel like we have to do the same. To get three out of four from them makes you feel good."

Los Angeles spoiled the first Major League start for St. Louis rookie Carlos Martinez (0-1), who was called up from Triple-A Memphis earlier in the day to make the start. Martinez lasted just 4 2-3 innings before leaving with cramps. He allowed all four runs on seven hits and three walks.

"I thought overall he did a pretty nice job," said St. Louis manager Mike Matheny. "His stuff's electric; there's no question about that."

Matt Holliday had two hits and scored the Cardinals' only run. St. Louis fell four games back of Pittsburgh in the National League Central race.

With the Dodgers leading 1-0, Holliday singled with two outs to keep the fourth inning alive. David Freese followed with a single to center, and when Andre Ethier's throw into the infield hit the second base bag and got away, Holliday came home to even the score.

Gonzalez walked with one out in the fifth and Puig followed with a single. Puig was erased by Ethier's fielder's choice, but Ellis then drove Martinez's pitch into the Dodgers' bullpen in left field to make it 4-1.

"It was just one of those things, where you're trying to put a nice swing on something and drive a run in," Ellis said. "In that situation, sometimes you're rewarded with a little more than you're looking for."

Notes

  • Cardinals rookie pitcher Shelby Miller, who left Wednesday night's game after two pitches when he was struck on the pitching elbow by a Carl Crawford line drive, said before the game he is ready to go. "I don't think I'm going to miss a beat," Miller said. "It's less sore than if I threw 100 pitches."
  • The Dodgers won the season series between the teams by a 4-3 count and now lead the all-time series between the teams 1,012-1,009.
  • Martinez is the fifth rookie to make a start for St. Louis this season.
 
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A.J. Ellis connects for a three-run homer to provide the bulk of the Dodgers' offense in yet another road win.  (USATSI)
A.J. Ellis connects for a three-run homer to provide the bulk of the Dodgers' offense in yet another road win. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

D. Freese
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
Los Angeles

A. Ellis
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Los Angeles (N.L.) Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Carl Crawford, LF5120002 .295
Mark Ellis, 2B5010000 .268
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B3101121 .293
Yasiel Puig, RF5030011 .377
Andre Ethier, CF4100114 .270
A.J. Ellis, C3223100 .260
Juan Uribe, 3B4000014 .251
Dee Gordon, SS3010100 .200
Hyun-Jin Ryu, P3000011 .214
   a-Jerry Hairston Jr., PH1011000 .252
Totals36510546  
a-singled for Ryu in the 8th
Batting
3B - Yasiel Puig (2, Siegrist)
HR - A.J. Ellis (6, Martinez)
SF - Adrian Gonzalez (8)
RBI - Adrian Gonzalez (69), A.J. Ellis 3 (38), Jerry Hairston Jr. (19)
2-OUT RBI - A.J. Ellis 3 (12), Jerry Hairston Jr. (10)
SB - Dee Gordon (6, 2nd base off Martinez/Johnson)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Ellis-Gordon-Gonzalez
E - Andre Ethier (2, Throwing)
Los Angeles (N.L.) Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Hyun-Jin Ryu (W,11-3) 7510070 2.99
Paco Rodriguez 1100000 2.14
Kenley Jansen 1100020 2.01
Pitches-Strikes - Hyun-Jin Ryu 110-72, Paco Rodriguez 14-9, Kenley Jansen 19-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hyun-Jin Ryu 9-4, Paco Rodriguez 1-2, Kenley Jansen 1-0
Batters Faced - Hyun-Jin Ryu 25, Paco Rodriguez 4, Kenley Jansen 4
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Matt Carpenter, 2B4020010 .306
Carlos Beltran, RF4000002 .303
Allen Craig, 1B4000031 .318
Matt Holliday, LF4120011 .281
David Freese, 3B4030010 .275
Jon Jay, CF4000004 .262
Rob Johnson, C3000001 .214
Pete Kozma, SS3000010 .232
Carlos Martinez, P1000010 .000
   Seth Maness, P1000010 .000
   Tony Cruz, C1000000 .224
Totals3317009  
Batting
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
E - David Freese (7, Dropped fly)
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Carlos Martinez (L,0-1) 4.2744321 6.19
Seth Maness 1.1000010 2.43
Sam Freeman 1.1000020 0.00
Michael Blazek 0.2211100 8.22
Kevin Siegrist 1100010 0.93
Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Martinez 97-58, Seth Maness 15-11, Sam Freeman 17-13, Michael Blazek 17-11, Kevin Siegrist 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Martinez 6-6, Seth Maness 3-0
Batters Faced - Carlos Martinez 24, Seth Maness 4, Sam Freeman 4, Michael Blazek 5, Kevin Siegrist 4
Game Information
Attendance - 42567
Game Time - 3:02
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Jim Wolf, First Base - Mike Estabrook, Second Base - Jim Joyce, Third Base - Jeff Nelson