LOS ANGELES (AP) — Edmundo Sosa hit a tiebreaking single in the ninth inning, Tyler O’Neill made a running catch for the final out and the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 Tuesday night.
Edmundo Sosa #63 of the St. Louis Cardinals hits an RBI double in front of Will Smith #16 of the Los Angeles Dodgers, to score Tyler O’Neill #27 to take a 3-2 lead, during the ninth inning at Dodger Stadium on June 01, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
O’Neill led off the ninth with a single off Blake Treinen (1-2). O’Neill stole second base and then scored when Sosa hit a sharp grounder to left field. Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner was playing in near the infield grass and was unable to get a glove on the ball.
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The Dodgers had a chance in the ninth after pinch-hitter Yoshi Tsutsugo drew a two-out walk and advanced to second on Cody Bellinger’s single. Mookie Betts then lined a ball to the warning track in left, but O’Neill made a leaping grab to give Alex Reyes his 16th save.
John Gant threw six shutout innings, but the right-hander did not factor in the decision after Matt Beaty’s two-run homer in the seventh off Giovanny Gallegos (3-1) tied it.
Tommy Edman and Dylan Carlson each had two hits and made great defensive plays in the sixth. Edman made a leaping catch at second base to snag Max Muncy’s line drive that had a hit probability of 91% according to MLB Statcast.
With runners on second and third, Carlson prevented Gavin Lux from tying the game when he made a sliding catch in center to end the inning.
St. Louis began the game with three straight hits off starter David Price. Edman led off with a double, advanced to third on a single by Carlson and then scored when Paul Goldschmidt lined a ball into the corner in left field for a ground-rule double.
The Cardinals tacked on another run in the second when Carlson ended Price’s night with a two-out single to drive in José Rondón.
The Dodgers finally broke through in the seventh to tie it. Albert Pujols drew a one-out walk before being lifted for a pinch-runner. Beaty then drove Gallegos’ slider over the wall in right for his second home run of the homestand.
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Gant allowed four hits with three walks and four strikeouts. It was only the second no-decision for the right-hander in his last nine starts.
Price — who was used as an opener for the second time this season — allowed two runs and five hits in 1 2/3 innings with a walk and three strikeouts.
After Price exited, Joe Kelly, Phil Bickford, Nate Jones and Mitch White held the Cardinals to one hit in 5 1/3 innings before the Cardinals were able to get to Treinen in the ninth.
Cardinals: OF Harrison Bader (right hairline rib fracture) has started some light throwing and swinging. He is eligible to come off the 10-day injured list on Friday, but manager Mike Shildt isn’t sure if Bader will be ready.
Dodgers: OF AJ Pollock (left hamstring strain) was 1 for 3 with a home run and played six innings for Class A Rancho Cucamonga. He is expected to accompany the Dodgers to Atlanta for the start of this weekend’s series and come off the injured list. … RHP Jimmy Nelson (right forearm inflammation) threw batting practice to Tsutsugo and could be activated by this weekend. Nelson has been on the IL since May 20.
Cardinals RHP Carlos Martínez (3-4, 4.22 ERA) carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning in his last start on May 27 at Arizona before Ketel Marte broke it up with a single. Dodgers RHP Walker Buehler (3-0, 2.66) is 2-0 with a 2.00 ERA in his past four starts.
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