Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – Carlos Martinez’s scoreless
streak came to an end, but he fanned a career-high 11 batters and
the St.LouisCardinals took down the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1 in a
pitchers’ duel on Friday.
Martinez (6-2) was coming off 20 1/3 scoreless innings over his
last three starts. He also had 21 strikeouts during that stretch.
The young righty walked four and gave up three hits over seven
strong innings in this one.
The Cardinals did not put a runner in scoring position until the
top of the eighth, when Yadier Molina walked and Jason Heyward
reached on an infield single.
Tony Cruz advanced the runners with a sacrifice bunt, and Pete
Kozma — who ran for Molina — scored when miscommunication on
Kolten Wong’s grounder led to another infield single.
Matt Carpenter made it 2-1 with his sacrifice fly to right.
Randy Choate and Kevin Siegrist took care of the eighth inning in
relief of Martinez, and Trevor Rosenthal tossed a 1-2-3 ninth to
record his 18th save.
The Cardinals have won four straight, including the first two of
this four- game series … St.Louis outhit Los Angeles, 5-4.
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