With the win, the Dodgers pulled within one game of the Cardinals who currently hold the second NL Wild Card spot. The Dodgers entered the game riding a four-game losing streak, but scored five runs off the Cardinals bullpen to secure the win.
The Cardinals took an early 2-0 lead in the second inning with Yadier Molina and Matt Carpenter each hitting solo home runs. Los Angeles got one back in the bottom of the inning, but a two-run Matt Holliday home run in the third put the Cardinals up 4-1. However, once again, the Dodgers came back, scoring twice in the bottom of the inning.
St. Louis led 4-3 going into the bottom of the sixth inning, but the Cardinals bullpen could not hold the lead. Trevor Rosenthal was charged with two earned runs while Edward Mujica gave up another. Los Angeles scored another two runs in the seventh inning to pull away. The Cardinals got one back in the top of the ninth inning, but it wasn't enough.
The Cardinals' bullpen allowed five earned runs over three innings, while the Dodgers' bullpen gave up just one run over 4-2/3 innings. The teams will continue their series Saturday, with first pitch scheduled for 9:10 p.m. ET.
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