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Peralta's 2-run double helps Cards beat Dodgers

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LOS ANGELES -- The St. Louis Cardinals got superb relief pitching, a couple of game-saving defensive plays from their outfield, and just enough offense.

That helped them to a 3-1 victory over Hyun-Jin Ryu and the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night.

Jhonny Peralta hit a tiebreaking two-run double and Yadier Molina homered, leading the defending NL champions after a 1-0 loss in Thursday's series opener.

Cardinals right-hander Carlos Martinez couldn't make it out of the fifth inning despite the two-run lead. Manager Mike Matheny pulled him after a one-out single by Dee Gordon and a walk to Yasiel Puig, but Seth Maness (3-2) retired Adrian Gonzalez on a double-play grounder.

"Carlos got himself into a little bit of a bind again, and you could tell he was about at that limit," Matheny said. "Seth came in, and even against a tough lefty -- which hasn't been a strength of his -- he made some good pitches on Gonzalez and was able to pull us out of the inning with that double play. Then he got us through the righties in that next inning."

Maness allowed one hit through 2 1-3 innings with two strikeouts.

"It was one of those crazy games, so we were ready for anything and tried to piece it together," Maness said. "It was just good to get back out there, try and force weak contact and get the ball on the ground."

Maness got a huge assist from center fielder Jon Jay, who robbed Juan Uribe of a potential RBI double in the sixth. Jay sprinted toward the warning track and made a diving backhanded grab.

"He was running his heart out," Allen Craig said. "That's a tough play, with the wall creeping up on him. That was kind of a fearless play he made right there, and it came at a great time in the game."

Pat Neshek retired Matt Kemp on a grounder with a runner at second in the eighth. Trevor Rosenthal got three outs for his 24th save in 27 chances.

A.J. Ellis, not the fleetest by any means -- and just two weeks off the disabled list after arthroscopic knee surgery -- tried to stretch a single into a double in the fourth. It took a great play by right fielder Craig, who cut the ball off while skidding across the foul line and threw a perfect strike to Peralta.

"Right off the bat, I tried to get over there as fast as I could to cut it off and keep him at second," Craig said. "The ball kind of skipped on me, just because the grass is quick out there. So I had to slide just to get to it, then I just turned and threw it and tried to get it close to the bag."

Matheny was duly impressed by Craig's aggressiveness on the play.

"That's one of the best plays we've ever seen Allen Craig make," he said.

Martinez allowed a run and six hits, struck out four and walked three in his fourth major league start.

Ryu (9-4) gave up three runs and nine hits in seven innings with seven strikeouts and one walk.

Peralta, who struck out his first two times up, snapped a 1-1 tie in the fifth with a two-out drive to the fence in right-center that scored Matt Carpenter and Matt Holliday. That gave the shortstop six RBIs in his last six games.

The Dodgers opened the scoring in the second on Gordon's RBI single. But Molina tied it in the fourth with his seventh homer, lining a 1-0 pitch off the left field pole. Ryu has allowed a home run in four of his last five starts after yielding just two in his first 10 outings.

Martinez got his first big-league hit in the third, a dribbler toward third base that Uribe couldn't handle cleanly on a barehanded attempt. Carpenter followed with a single, but Ryu retired Holliday on a double-play grounder and Matt Adams on another ground ball.

"Overall, it was a really good game for me," Ryu said through a translator. "My control was there, my velocity was there and I managed my pitch count really well. The home run, it was just a good hit ball. It was a changeup, maybe a little bit too close to the middle."

Notes

The Dodgers have yet to win more than three straight games. This was their sixth attempt. ... Scott Van Slyke was ejected for the first time in 130 games by second base umpire Chad Fairchild after Molina threw him out trying to steal in the sixth. ... Dodgers starting pitchers have issued fewer than three walks in 31 consecutive games, matching the 1990 Pittsburgh Pirates for the longest such streak by an NL club since 1914. Ryu hasn't walked more than two batters in any of his last 12 outings. ... St. Louis has allowed a major league-low 26 home runs on the road. ... Seven of Molina's last eight homers have been solo shots.

 
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Players of the Game
Los Angeles

D. Gordon
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
St. Louis

J. Peralta
AB 4
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Matt Carpenter, 3B4110011 .275
Matt Holliday, LF3110101 .270
Matt Adams, 1B4010013 .327
Jhonny Peralta, SS4012022 .244
Yadier Molina, C4111013 .281
Allen Craig, RF4000000 .256
   Pat Neshek, P0000000 .000
   Trevor Rosenthal, P0000000 .000
Jon Jay, CF-RF4010020 .299
Mark Ellis, 2B4010001 .198
Carlos Martinez, P2020000 .333
   Seth Maness, P1000001 .000
   Sam Freeman, P0000000 .000
   Peter Bourjos, CF1000010 .210
Totals3539318  
Batting
2B - Jhonny Peralta (22, Ryu), Mark Ellis (5, Ryu)
HR - Yadier Molina (7, Ryu)
RBI - Jhonny Peralta 2 (36), Yadier Molina (28)
2-OUT RBI - Jhonny Peralta 2 (15)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Allen Craig 1
DP - Maness-Peralta-Adams, Maness-Peralta-Adams-Peralta-Ellis-Adams
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Carlos Martinez 4.1611340 4.13
Seth Maness (W,3-2) 2.1100020 2.72
Sam Freeman (H,6) 0.1100000 1.76
Pat Neshek (H,10) 1000000 0.83
Trevor Rosenthal (S,24) 1000110 3.05
Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Martinez 82-49, Seth Maness 22-18, Sam Freeman 7-6, Pat Neshek 17-14, Trevor Rosenthal 16-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Martinez 4-3, Seth Maness 2-1, Sam Freeman 1-0, Pat Neshek 2-1, Trevor Rosenthal 1-0
Batters Faced - Carlos Martinez 20, Seth Maness 6, Sam Freeman 2, Pat Neshek 3, Trevor Rosenthal 3
Los Angeles (N.L.) Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dee Gordon, 2B4031000 .292
Yasiel Puig, RF3010102 .309
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4010001 .251
Matt Kemp, LF4010013 .267
Scott Van Slyke, CF2000111 .265
   Andre Ethier, CF1000010 .243
Juan Uribe, 3B3000104 .297
A.J. Ellis, C3110111 .213
Miguel Rojas, SS3010010 .273
Hyun-Jin Ryu, P2000022 .138
   a-Clint Robinson, PH1000000 .000
   Brandon League, P0000000 .000
   Paul Maholm, P0000000 .000
Totals3018147  
a-grounded out for Ryu in the 7th
Batting
RBI - Dee Gordon (24)
CS - Matt Kemp (4, 2nd base by Maness/Molina)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Rojas-Gordon-Gonzalez
Los Angeles (N.L.) Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Hyun-Jin Ryu (L,9-4) 7933171 3.12
Brandon League 1000000 2.11
Paul Maholm 1000010 4.94
Pitches-Strikes - Hyun-Jin Ryu 101-69, Brandon League 12-8, Paul Maholm 15-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hyun-Jin Ryu 10-3, Brandon League 3-0, Paul Maholm 1-1
Batters Faced - Hyun-Jin Ryu 30, Brandon League 3, Paul Maholm 3
Game Information
Attendance - 48159
Game Time - 2:48
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Bill Miller, First Base - Mike Everitt, Second Base - Chad Fairchild, Third Base - Victor Carapazza