Dodgers erase late 6-point deficit, rally Cardinals 7-6
By STEVE OVERBEY
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Hanser Alberto hit a game-breaking two-out single in the ninth inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers came out of a huge hole in a 7-6 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night.
Los Angeles, which has won eight of nine, recovered from a 6-0 deficit with seven runs over the last three innings. The late rally clinched undefeated All-Star Tony Gonsolin for his first loss of the season after an ineffective start.
Mookie Betts had an RBI double in the eighth and Trea Turner’s two-run single made it 6-5. Max Muncy tied it in the ninth with a sacrifice fly.
“We never feel like we’re out of it no matter the score,” Muncy said. “We know who we are. We know what we’ve done. You just have to find a way to stay in the game even when it looks really bad. We’re really good at doing that.
The Dodgers were shut out on four hits in the first six innings.
“No matter what it looks like, we just keep going,” Turner said. “The way you win is always fun too. (This) was a little nicer in the clubhouse. I just feel like the vibrations are rising.
Los Angeles got its 26th victory from behind at the top of the NL. This marked his biggest comeback of the year.
“I sound a bit redundant when I say this is the biggest win of the year,” manager Dave Roberts said. “But it was a big one.”
Will Smith started the rally with a two-run homer in seventh. Freddie Freeman has gone 3-for-3 for the Dodgers and has 12 hits in his last 14 at-bats.
Nolan Arenado hit a two-run homer and Paul Goldschmidt had an early two-run single for St. Louis, which had won three straight.
Alberto, who came in in the eighth, singled into left field off reliever Giovanny Gallegos (2-4) to score Cody Bellinger from third base.
Justin Turner doubled and Bellinger singled to start the ninth.
Craig Kimbrel (3-4) picked up the win with a scoreless relief run. Evan Phillips got his second major league stoppage and his first this season.
The Cardinals soon arrived in Gonsolin.
The right-hander, who was 11-0 with a major league-leading 1.62 ERA, allowed five earned runs and seven hits in five innings. He hadn’t allowed more than two earned runs in his 16 previous starts this season.
“I thought my slider was really bad,” Gonsolin said. “I didn’t do a good job executing throws with two strikes. They jumped on a few mistakes early on.
Arenado capped a four-run uprising in third with his 18th homer. Goldschmidt, the previous batter, broke a scoreless tie with his two-run single.
St. Louis starter Adam Wainwright allowed four hits in 5 1/3 scoreless innings. He struck out five and walked four in a 114-pitch stint. The 40-year-old right-hander, the fourth-oldest player in the majors, has worked five or more innings in 16 of 18 starts this season. He came away with a 5-0 lead.
Lars Nootbaar and Andrew Knizner had hits for St. Louis.
“To put five (Gonsolin) was brilliant,” said manager Oliver Marmol. “You just can’t give up seven from the seventh inning.”
THE MACHINE IS RUNNING
St. Louis DH/1B Albert Pujols will compete in his fifth All-Star Home Run Derby next Monday in Los Angeles. At 42, the slugger will become the oldest entrant, overtaking Barry Bonds and Rafael Palmeiro, who both competed in 2004 at 39.
Cardinals: INF Brendan Donovan missed his fifth straight start with a non-COVID-19 illness. He failed as a pinch hitter in the ninth. …DE Tyler O’Neill is expected to return in the coming days. He has been out since June 20 with a sprained knee and wrist pain.
UP AND DOWN
The Cardinals activated RHP Drew VerHagen from the 15-day injured list. LHP Matthew Liberatore was opted for Triple-A Memphis. Liberatore allowed three runs and four hits in 2 1/3 innings of a 7-6 win over the Dodgers on Tuesday.
Los Angeles LHP Tyler Anderson (9-1, 3.15 ERA) will face RHP Dakota Hudson (6-5, 4.00) in the three-game series finale on Thursday. Anderson, who has already set a career high for wins, is 0-2 with a 7.90 ERA against St. Louis. Hudson pitched six scoreless innings in a 1-0 loss to Philadelphia on Saturday.
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