St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Carlos Beltran and pinch-hitter Matt Adams
homered in the bottom of the eighth inning, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat
the Dodgers, 5-1, to snap Los Angeles' franchise-record 15-game road winning
The NL West-leading Dodgers, who lost for just the third time in 18 games
since the All-Star break, were aiming for history. The longest road winning
streak in MLB history is 17, last set by the Detroit Tigers in 1984.
St. Louis starter Joe Kelly (3-3) surrendered one run on six hits in 5 1/3
innings in his sixth start of the season. The right-hander's scoreless streak
that spanned across four starts came to an end at 20 innings in the sixth
courtesy of an Adrian Gonzalez RBI single.
Carl Crawford went 2-for-3 with a run scored and a walk for the Dodgers who
lost their first road game since July 6 at San Francisco.
Clayton Kershaw (10-7), the reigning National League Pitcher of the Month,
lasted six innings and allowed two runs on six hits. The league-leader in ERA
(1.91) also fanned five batters in the second contest of this four-game set.
Beltran crushed a fly ball to right-center field off reliever Brandon League
in the bottom of the eighth for his 20th home run of the season. Matt Holliday
walked, and Adams clubbed a home run that tucked just inside the foul in right
St. Louis' defense proved to be a big factor. Jon Jay made a running catch to
rob A.J. Ellis at the center field warning track to keep it a scoreless game
in the second inning. They also turned four double-plays in their fourth win
in six games.
The fourth inning brought a great play by the Los Angeles starter. Kershaw
made a quick catch from one knee at the mound on an Allen Craig line drive and
threw the ball over to first to double up Beltran.
Jay smacked the ball down the left field line for a double with one out to
start St. Louis' offensive outburst in the fifth. Tony Cruz hit a hard liner
up the middle to plate Jay, who beat the throw to home that was off target.
Pete Kozma hit a double down the left field line to move Cruz over to third.
Kelly grounded out, but drove in Cruz from third to give the Cardinals their
second run of the game.
Gonzalez brought Crawford home from third with a line drive single to right in
the sixth. Yasiel Puig and Andre Ethier both singled to load the bases, but
St. Louis got out of the inning after Seth Maness induced Ellis to grounded
into a double play.
Juan Uribe led off the seventh inning with a double, but was quickly thrown
out at third while Nick Punto reached first on a fielder's choice. The Dodgers
put two more runners on base before reliever Trevor Rosenthal made Mark Ellis
The all-time series between the two clubs is at 1,010-1,009 with the Dodgers
holding the one game advantage... Kershaw has the lowest all-time career ERA
among pitchers with 1,000 or more innings and 100 or more starts since
1920...Hanley Ramirez missed his second consecutive game because of a right
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