As good as the Dodgers bullpen has been this year, there was no room for error Wednesday night with an eighth-inning tie on the line. With two outs in the home half, Dexter Fowler turned on a pitch from Ross Stripling for a solo homer that would give the Cardinals a 2-1 win.
The loss for the Dodgers snaps a six-game winning streak a day after they took over first place outright for the first time in 2017.
Hyun-jin Ryu gave one of his best performances of the year tossing six innings of one-run ball, allowing only three hits while striking out four. The Dodgers just couldn’t get anything going on offense to support their big lefty.
St. Louis might not have scored their run off Ryu had Tommy Pham not been alert on the base paths in the second inning. After Pham singled, he took second on a fly out to Chris Taylor.
The ball was caught after miscommunication caused Kiké Hernandez to bump into Taylor. Pham would score one batter later on a double from Paul DeJong.
Carlos Martinez was outstanding for the red birds, allowing a run on four hits over eight solid innings, striking out nine. The Dodgers lone run came in the sixth inning when Adrian Gonzalez lofted a fly ball deep enough to score Corey Seager from third.
The Dodgers will start Brandon McCarthy against Cardinal right-hander Adam Wainwright. First pitch is scheduled for 10:45 a.m. PT on Thursday morning.
Home runs: Dexter Fowler (7)
WP - Carlos Martinez (4-4): 8 IP, 4 hits, 1 run, 3 walks, 9 strikeouts
LP - Ross Stripling (0-3): 2 IP, 2 hits, 1 run, 1 strikeout
SV- Seung Hwan Oh (12): 1 IP, 1 hit, 2 strikeouts