Adrian Gonzalez’s ninth-inning RBI lifts Los Angeles Dodgers over St. Louis Cardinals

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error On Saturday, Cardinals pitcher Joe Kelly hit Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig in the hand. On Sunday, Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez hit Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez on the shoulder in the top of the fourth inning. In the bottom of the fourth, Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw drilled Matt Holliday square in the buttocks.Home plate umpire Ed Hickox promptly issued a warning to both benches, having seen each starting pitcher hit an opposing star player. Maybe Rosenthal should have been ejected, then, when he hit Ramirez in the hand with a 99-mph fastball in the ninth inning.“You’d think that’s what the warning is for,” Gonzalez said. “Thank God they didn’t throw (Rosenthal) out because I was able to come up and get a hit.”Ramirez was immediately taken out of the game. X-rays on his hand were negative, but Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Ramirez would get a second round of X-rays in Pittsburgh. Ramirez said he wouldn’t need more X-rays and would be ready to play. Naturally, he was pleased to see his teammates stick up for him: Kershaw by pitching inside to Holliday, Gonzalez by delivering the game-winning hit.“It’s one family over here,” Ramirez said. “That’s how you win championships.”Championships are not won in July, but salvaging a win in St. Louis was important. The Dodgers were behind in every inning of their losses Friday and Saturday. They never trailed Sunday. The San Francisco Giants (54-44) lost earlier Sunday, so the Dodgers (55-45) climbed back into a virtual tie for first place.“This is a pretty tough stretch, starting against the Cardinals after the break,” Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen said. “We’re back in first place. That’s the big thing. It’s all about trying to keep the race close and trying to win the division.”J.P. Howell (2-3) got the final out of the eighth inning to earn the victory, while Jansen pitched a perfect ninth inning for his 28th save of the season.Kershaw wasn’t unhittable — he allowed six hits and three runs in seven innings — but the Dodgers made up for it with contributions at the plate and in the field.Matt Kemp made a running, tumbling catch in shallow left field with a runner on first base in the sixth inning. Catcher A.J. Ellis picked off former Dodgers second baseman Mark Ellis at second base to end the seventh inning.Uribe finished 3 for 4. Kemp, Ethier and Dee Gordon had two hits apiece. The Dodgers collected 11 hits as a team, their most since a July 6 game in Denver.Both Kershaw and Gonzalez said they didn’t believe the Cardinals hit Ramirez intentionally. Still, they weren’t happy.“It’s almost like ‘we’re throwing inside. If it hits you it hits you, if we don’t we don’t’,” Gonzalez said.Added Kershaw: “It’s tough when you see Hanley get hit like that so many times. It’s one thing to miss in, but when you’re missing up and in at a guy’s face like that, it’s really scary. … When you throw that hard you need to have a better idea where the ball’s going, on the inner half of the plate for sure.”Kershaw was cruising to a typically easy outing, holding a 3-1 lead in the sixth inning, when a home run by Peter Bourjos provided an unexpected twist.Matt Carpenter led off the inning with a 10-pitch walk against Kershaw. It was enough to stir visions of the 11-pitch duel between Carpenter and Kershaw in Game 6 of last year’s NLCS; Carpenter doubled on the final pitch of that at-bat.The announced crowd of 45,255 had just enough time to rehash the memory before Bourjos belted a 2-2 pitch over the left-center field fence, 406 feet from home plate. The two-run home run tied the game at 3.The Dodgers got a run in the second inning on a triple by Andre Ethier off the right-center field wall, followed by an RBI single by Uribe. The Cardinals tied the game in the bottom of the second on an infield single by Jhonny Peralta and an RBI double by Allen Craig.center_img ST. LOUIS >> Adrian Gonzalez got the best revenge that baseball allows.The Dodgers’ first baseman only drove in one run over the weekend against the St. Louis Cardinals, but it was a big one: A single in the ninth inning Sunday that lifted the Dodgers to a 4-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.Revenge was a familiar theme during the three-game series. The Cardinals eliminated the Dodgers in the National League Championship Series last year. last_img

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