Tony Gonsolin earns 1st win in Dodgers' 8-0 rout of Cards

LOS ANGELES (AP) Tony Gonsolin struck out Paul Goldschmidt and left the Dodger Stadium mound to a raucous standing ovation after his sixth scoreless inning.

Although the rookie right-hander couldn't have pitched much better in his second career start, Gonsolin knows he might have to do even more just to have a shot at sticking with Los Angeles for its playoff run.

The Dodgers are that loaded with talent as they steamroll toward October.

''This is a pleasant problem,'' manager Dave Roberts said with a grin.

Cody Bellinger hit a three-run homer and Gonsolin pitched six stellar innings of two-hit ball to earn his first major league victory in the Dodgers' 8-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday night.

Corey Seager, Justin Turner and rookie Matt Beaty had RBI doubles, and Joc Pederson also homered in the NL-leading Dodgers' sixth win in seven games. Los Angeles became the majors' first team to 75 victories with another big offensive game to back another pitching prospect who looks ready for the majors.

Three days after redheaded rookie Dustin May's promising big league debut, Gonsolin (1-1) was even better.

The 25-year-old from Northern California retired 14 of the Cardinals' first 15 batters and took a no-hitter into the fifth inning, yielding one walk and striking out seven.

''I've learned to trust my stuff and learned that I can compete here, whether it's starting or out of the `pen,'' said Gonsolin, who earned a gutsy four-inning save at Colorado six days earlier. ''That's the goal, to get that conversation going and get my name in the mix for staying here, hopefully.''

Gonsolin allowed only a second-inning walk before Kolten Wong's two-out double in the fifth.

''I guess `impressive' is the descriptor,'' Roberts said. ''He was just really fun to watch. Just in complete control tonight. Getting that three-run blast by Belli early just allowed him to settle into the game.''

Gonsolin was a ninth-round draft pick who got this opportunity with three strong years in the minors. He made the most of a chance to fill the rotation spot temporarily vacated by injured major league ERA leader Hyun-Jin Ryu - and he knows the Dodgers might not have another start for him anytime soon, depending on various players' comebacks from injury.

''Whatever it takes,'' Gonsolin said. ''I'm just trying to get whatever role I can.''

The Dodgers know they'll have some tough choices to make after what's essentially a two-month audition for spots on their postseason staff. Los Angeles (75-40) has an 8 1/2-game lead over Atlanta atop the overall NL standings and a whopping 18-game lead over San Francisco and Arizona on the path to its seventh straight NL West title.

Michael Wacha (6-5) couldn't get out of the fourth inning for the Cardinals, who dropped to 0-3 on their five-game California road trip. St. Louis matched its season low with two hits while getting shut out for the second time in five games and the ninth time this season.

''(The Dodgers) grind you down and keep fouling off tough pitches and take the ones that are close,'' Wacha said. ''We tried to get them to swing at those ones on the corner, those ones just off, and a well-disciplined team doesn't do that.''

Gonsolin worked with a big early lead thanks to Bellinger, who put his shot deep down the right field line in the first inning. The slugger has three homers in his last four starts following a 12-game homerless drought.

Seager drove in his first run in eight games with a two-out double that bounced into the left field stands in the third. Pederson then added his 24th homer in the fourth, moving just two shy of his career-high.

''Pederson put a swing on (Wacha), and Bellinger's three-run homer snuck inside the foul pole, it looked like,'' Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said. ''Listen, he made a lot of quality pitches and got hurt on the ones that maybe were over the middle.''

Wacha yielded seven hits and six runs in his first loss since June.

HOLLYWOOD HOMERS

Bellinger's 37th homer pulled him even in the Los Angeles metroplex homer race with Mike Trout, who also hit his 37th for the Angels in Cincinnati. Milwaukee's Christian Yelich, an LA-area native himself, kept the major league lead with his 38th and 39th homers in Pittsburgh earlier Monday.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cardinals: LF Tyler O'Neill is getting treatment on his strained left wrist in St. Louis. He is expected to get a rehab assignment before he returns to the lineup.

Dodgers: OF Alex Verdugo wasn't in the starting lineup as planned after he felt lower back tightness. He missed last Thursday's game with the same problem. ... OF A.J. Pollock wasn't in the starting lineup for the third time in four games due to a groin injury.

UP NEXT

Clayton Kershaw (10-2, 2.85 ERA) has 118 strikeouts in 111 1/3 career innings against the Cardinals. St. Louis counters with Miles Mikolas (7-11, 4.00 ERA), who hasn't pitched at Dodger Stadium since 2012.

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  • W: T. Gonsolin (1-1)L: M. Wacha (6-5)
  • HR: LAD - J. Pederson (24), C. Bellinger (37)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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P. Goldschmidt 1B30000011.258.338.470.808-0.5
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M. Ozuna LF30000110.255.331.503.8352.5
P. DeJong SS20000001.254.333.461.7940.0
b- Y. Munoz PH-SS10000000.268.291.373.6640.0
J. Martinez RF30000011.269.338.407.745-0.5
K. Wong 2B20100001.267.349.394.7433.0
M. Wieters C30000012.234.282.482.764-0.5
M. Wacha P10000010.192.192.231.423-0.5
A. Mejia P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- L. Thomas PH-CF10000110.375.444.7501.1940.5
  • a-flied out for Helsley in the 9th
  • b-grounded out for DeJong in the 7th
  • c-struck out for Mejia in the 6th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Pederson RF-CF42211111.232.324.497.8208.5
M. Muncy 2B21000301.264.374.525.8994.0
J. Turner 3B42210003.288.369.481.8508.0
R. Martin 3B10000011.219.348.318.666-0.5
C. Bellinger 1B-RF41131103.325.426.6751.1019.0
W. Smith C40100102.315.377.7591.1362.0
C. Seager SS41210001.267.344.434.7785.0
C. Sadler P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
K. Negron CF-SS41200023.302.348.442.7902.0
M. Beaty LF40220001.297.325.500.8255.0
T. Gonsolin P20000011.200.200.200.400-0.5
J. Chargois P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- T. White PH-1B10000002.216.316.316.6320.0
  • a-grounded out for Chargois in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - K. Wong (18)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Carpenter, P. Goldschmidt, K. Wong, M. Wieters
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Turner (21), C. Seager (26), M. Beaty (15)
  • HR - J. Pederson (24), C. Bellinger (37)
  • SH - T. Gonsolin
  • RBI - J. Pederson (51), J. Turner (49), C. Bellinger 3 (88), C. Seager (47), M. Beaty 2 (31)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Pederson (21), J. Turner (22), C. Seager (15)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Pederson, C. Bellinger 2 (2), W. Smith 2 (2), K. Negron 2 (2), T. White 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - M. Ozuna (9)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Turner (2)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - D. Fowler (7)
  • DP - (Fowler-DeJong)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Muncy-Negron-White)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Wacha (L, 6-5)3.27662325.541.65-9.5
A. Mejia1.14220007.541.85-3.0
R. Helsley3.01004202.351.115.0
PITCHERSIP
M. Wacha (L, 6-5)3.2
A. Mejia1.1
R. Helsley3.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Gonsolin (W, 1-1)6.02001703.210.8628.5
J. Chargois1.00000205.001.174.0
C. Sadler2.00001001.471.015.0
PITCHERSIP
T. Gonsolin (W, 1-1)6.0
J. Chargois1.0
C. Sadler2.0
PITCHING
  • WP - A. Mejia 2 (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Wacha 92-58, A. Mejia 26-16, R. Helsley 60-33
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Wacha 7-1, A. Mejia 1-2, R. Helsley 4-3
  • Batters Faced - M. Wacha 20, A. Mejia 7, R. Helsley 14
PITCHING
  • HBP - C. Sadler (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Gonsolin 90-56, J. Chargois 11-8, C. Sadler 21-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Gonsolin 5-6, J. Chargois 1-0, C. Sadler 3-2
  • Batters Faced - T. Gonsolin 21, J. Chargois 3, C. Sadler 7
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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M. Carpenter 3B40000011.212.315.364.680-0.5
D. Fowler CF30100020.240.338.407.7450.0
A. Knizner 1B10000000.176.243.324.5670.0
P. Goldschmidt 1B30000011.258.338.470.808-0.5
R. Helsley P0000-0001.0001.0001.000.000-
a- T. Edman PH10000000.246.279.403.6820.0
M. Ozuna LF30000110.255.331.503.8352.5
P. DeJong SS20000001.254.333.461.7940.0
b- Y. Munoz PH-SS10000000.268.291.373.6640.0
J. Martinez RF30000011.269.338.407.745-0.5
K. Wong 2B20100001.267.349.394.7433.0
M. Wieters C30000012.234.282.482.764-0.5
M. Wacha P10000010.192.192.231.423-0.5
A. Mejia P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-flied out for Helsley in the 9th
  • b-grounded out for DeJong in the 7th
  • c-struck out for Mejia in the 6th
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J. Pederson RF-CF42211111.232.324.497.8208.5
M. Muncy 2B21000301.264.374.525.8994.0
J. Turner 3B42210003.288.369.481.8508.0
R. Martin 3B10000011.219.348.318.666-0.5
C. Bellinger 1B-RF41131103.325.426.6751.1019.0
W. Smith C40100102.315.377.7591.1362.0
C. Seager SS41210001.267.344.434.7785.0
C. Sadler P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
K. Negron CF-SS41200023.302.348.442.7902.0
M. Beaty LF40220001.297.325.500.8255.0
T. Gonsolin P20000011.200.200.200.400-0.5
J. Chargois P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- T. White PH-1B10000002.216.316.316.6320.0
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  • a-grounded out for Chargois in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - K. Wong (18)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Carpenter, P. Goldschmidt, K. Wong, M. Wieters
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Turner (21), C. Seager (26), M. Beaty (15)
  • HR - J. Pederson (24), C. Bellinger (37)
  • SH - T. Gonsolin
  • RBI - J. Pederson (51), J. Turner (49), C. Bellinger 3 (88), C. Seager (47), M. Beaty 2 (31)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Pederson (21), J. Turner (22), C. Seager (15)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Pederson, C. Bellinger 2 (2), W. Smith 2 (2), K. Negron 2 (2), T. White 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - M. Ozuna (9)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Turner (2)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - D. Fowler (7)
  • DP - (Fowler-DeJong)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Muncy-Negron-White)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Wacha (L, 6-5)3.27662325.541.65-9.5
A. Mejia1.14220007.541.85-3.0
R. Helsley3.01004202.351.115.0
Total8.01288652---
PITCHERSIP
M. Wacha (L, 6-5)3.2
A. Mejia1.1
R. Helsley3.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Gonsolin (W, 1-1)6.02001703.210.8628.5
J. Chargois1.00000205.001.174.0
C. Sadler2.00001001.471.015.0
Total9.0200290---
PITCHERSIP
T. Gonsolin (W, 1-1)6.0
J. Chargois1.0
C. Sadler2.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - A. Mejia 2 (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Wacha 92-58, A. Mejia 26-16, R. Helsley 60-33
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Wacha 7-1, A. Mejia 1-2, R. Helsley 4-3
  • Batters Faced - M. Wacha 20, A. Mejia 7, R. Helsley 14
PITCHING
  • HBP - C. Sadler (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Gonsolin 90-56, J. Chargois 11-8, C. Sadler 21-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Gonsolin 5-6, J. Chargois 1-0, C. Sadler 3-2
  • Batters Faced - T. Gonsolin 21, J. Chargois 3, C. Sadler 7
  • 5TH INNING
    Beaty doubled to deep right, Seager and Negron scored08
  • 4TH INNING
    Turner doubled to left, Muncy scored06
    Pederson homered to right center05
  • 3RD INNING
    Seager doubled to left center, Turner scored, Smith to third04
  • 1ST INNING
    Bellinger homered to right, Pederson and Turner scored03
  • 9TH INNING
    • C. Sadler Pitching:
    • A. Knizner: Strike looking, Knizner grounded out to shortstop
    • Tommy Edman hit for Ryan Helsley
    • T. Edman: Ball, Edman flied out to center
    • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ozuna grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Casey Sadler pitching
    • Russell Martin at third base
    • K. Wong: Strike looking, Ball, Wong hit by pitch
    • M. Wieters: Ball, Wieters grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Wong out at second
    • L. Thomas: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Thomas walked
    • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Carpenter flied out to deep left
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • R. Helsley Pitching:
    • J. Pederson: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Pederson walked
    • M. Muncy: Muncy reached on fielder's choice to second, Pederson out at second
    • R. Martin: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Martin struck out looking
    • C. Bellinger: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Bellinger walked, Muncy to second
    • W. Smith: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Smith flied out to deep center
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • JT Chargois relieved Tony Gonsolin
    • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ozuna struck out looking
    • Yairo Munoz hit for Paul DeJong
    • Y. Munoz: Munoz grounded out to second
    • Jo. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • R. Helsley Pitching:
    • W. Smith: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Smith walked
    • C. Seager: Ball, Seager lined out to right
    • K. Negron: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Negron struck out looking
    • M. Beaty: Ball, Strike swinging, Beaty singled to right center, Smith to third
    • Tyler White hit for JT Chargois
    • T. White: Ball, White grounded out to third
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Lane Thomas hit for Adalberto Mejia
    • L. Thomas: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Thomas struck out looking
    • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Carpenter grounded out to first
    • D. Fowler: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Fowler singled to right
    • P. Goldschmidt: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Goldschmidt struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Ryan Helsley pitching
    • Andrew Knizner at first base
    • J. Pederson: Ball, Pederson grounded out to second
    • M. Muncy: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Muncy walked
    • J. Turner: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Turner flied out to right
    • C. Bellinger: Ball, Ball, Bellinger grounded out to second
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • T. Gonsolin Pitching:
    • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Strike swinging, DeJong grounded out to second
    • Jo. Martinez: Martinez flied out to center
    • K. Wong: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Wong doubled to deep right center
    • M. Wieters: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Wieters struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Ad. Mejia Pitching:
    • W. Smith: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Smith flied out to center
    • C. Seager: Ball, Seager singled to left center
    • K. Negron: Ball, Ball, Seager to second on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Negron singled to right center, Seager to third
    • M. Beaty: Beaty doubled to deep right, Seager and Negron scored
    • T. Gonsolin: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Gonsolin lined into double play center to shortstop, Beaty out at second
    • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • T. Gonsolin Pitching:
    • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Fowler struck out swinging
    • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Goldschmidt grounded out to third
    • M. Ozuna: Ball, Strike swinging, Ozuna fouled out to catcher
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Wacha Pitching:
    • M. Beaty: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Beaty grounded out to second
    • T. Gonsolin: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gonsolin struck out swinging
    • J. Pederson: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Pederson homered to right center
    • M. Muncy: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Muncy walked
    • Adalberto Mejia relieved Michael Wacha
    • J. Turner: Ball, Muncy to second on wild pitch, Ball, Turner doubled to left, Muncy scored
    • C. Bellinger: Ball, Bellinger grounded out to first
    • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • T. Gonsolin Pitching:
    • M. Wieters: Strike looking, Ball, Wieters flied out to left
    • M. Wacha: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Wacha struck out looking
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Carpenter flied out to left
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Wacha Pitching:
    • M. Muncy: Strike looking, Ball, Muncy grounded out to second
    • J. Turner: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Turner singled to right center
    • C. Bellinger: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bellinger flied out to left
    • W. Smith: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Turner stole second, Foul, Smith reached on an infield single to shortstop, Turner to third
    • C. Seager: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Seager doubled to left center, Turner scored, Smith to third
    • K. Negron: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Negron struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • T. Gonsolin Pitching:
    • M. Ozuna: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ozuna walked
    • P. DeJong: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, DeJong popped out to shortstop
    • Jo. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Martinez fouled out to right
    • K. Wong: Foul, Ball, Ozuna stole second, Ball, Wong grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Wacha Pitching:
    • K. Negron: Strike looking, Negron reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • M. Beaty: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Beaty reached on fielder's choice to second, Negron out at second
    • T. Gonsolin: Strike looking, Gonsolin hit sacrifice bunt to first, Beaty to second
    • J. Pederson: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Pederson struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • T. Gonsolin Pitching:
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Carpenter struck out on foul tip
    • D. Fowler: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Fowler struck out swinging
    • P. Goldschmidt: Goldschmidt grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Wacha Pitching:
    • J. Pederson: Pederson singled to right center
    • M. Muncy: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Muncy walked, Pederson to second
    • J. Turner: Ball, Ball, Turner reached on fielder's choice to third, Pederson to third, Muncy out at second
    • C. Bellinger: Ball, Foul, Bellinger homered to right, Pederson and Turner scored
    • W. Smith: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Smith grounded out to shortstop
    • C. Seager: Ball, Seager grounded out to first
    • End of the 1st (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)