LOS ANGELES — It’s no secret that the Dodgers have had a rough go against the Cardinals of late. In fact, the later innings of games have been a big part of why the Redbirds have been so successful. Seven of the 13 runs the Cards scored in the series came in the eighth inning.
The Dodger bullpen allowed a walk and three hits in the decisive eighth inning on Sunday night, leading to three runs for the Cardinals and a 4-2 victory for the visiting club.
With a 2-1 lead heading into the eighth, the Dodgers couldn’t finish what Zack Greinke started. Adam Liberatore walked Matt Carpenter to start the inning before giving way to Juan Nicasio who would face the big bats in the lineup. A triple, double and single in succession would give the Cards the lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
The Dodgers have now dropped 10 of the last 14 games against St. Louis including playoffs.
Greinke allowed just one run on six hits over six and two-thirds while striking out eight and walking one. The right-hander has lasted at least six innings in all 12 starts he has made in 2015 and has given up one or less runs in nine of them.
Justin Turner accounted for both of the Dodger runs on the night with an RBI-double in the first and an RBI-single in the third. The Dodger third baseman is now hitting .307 on the season.
With St. Louis in their rearview mirror on the schedule — unless the teams meet in the postseason — the Dodgers will welcome the Arizona Diamondbacks into Dodger Stadium for a three-game series starting Monday night.
-Howie Kendrick (Knee) made his first appearance of the series and struck out in his only plate appearance.