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Series: Game 3 of 4

St. Louis leads 3-0 (as of 7/29)

Game 1: Monday, July 27
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Game 2: Tuesday, July 28
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Game 3: Wednesday, July 29
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Game 4: Thursday, July 30
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Dodgers 2

(62-39, 28-22 away)

Cardinals 3

(56-48, 29-21 home)

    8:15 PM ET, July 29, 2009

    Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri 

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    W: B. Hawksworth (1-0)

    L: J. Weaver (5-4)

    Pujols' walk-off single gives Cardinals edge over Dodgers in 15th

    Associated Press

    ST. LOUIS -- Seven innings after Clayton Kershaw concluded a brilliant outing, the Los Angeles Dodgers had their first four-game losing streak of the season.

    Albert Pujols lined an RBI single over the head of center fielder Matt Kemp with two outs in the 15th inning Wednesday night, giving the St. Louis Cardinals a 3-2 victory over the Dodgers.

    Deja Vu

    Albert Pujols gave the Cardinals their third straight win with his 11th career walk-off hit in the 15th inning. His last extra-inning walk-off hit also came against the Dodgers.

    Last 2 Extra-Inning
    Walk-off Hits
    Date 7/13/06 7/29/09
    Inning 14th 15th
    Opponent Dodgers Dodgers
    Final score 3-2 3-2

    The NL West leaders were the last team in the majors to lose three straight and they were one strike from ending that skid in regulation.

    "This was just a tough game," Dodgers manager Joe Torre said. "But it was a remarkable game on both sides."

    Both teams had several chances in extra innings in a game that lasted 4 hours, 53 minutes and included 453 pitches.

    "By my count, there were about three different games," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. "Heroics all over the ballpark on both sides."

    Kershaw allowed four hits and struck out seven in eight scoreless innings, a career high. He is 5-0 with an 0.79 ERA in his last nine starts, and lowered his ERA to 2.76.

    Blake Hawksworth (1-0) allowed two hits and struck out three with an intentional walk in three innings for his first career victory.

    Fast Facts

    • The Cardinals have won five of seven. The Dodgers have lost four in a row and 19 of their last 24 against the Cardinals.

    • It was the longest Cardinals home game since April 26, 2001 (15 innings vs. Expos) and the Dodgers longest game since 2007.

    • Blake Hawksworth got his first career MLB win.

    -- ESPN Stats & Information

    Jeff Weaver (5-4) worked two perfect innings before running into trouble in the 15th when Brendan Ryan led off with a triple. Two outs later, Pujols delivered on a full count.

    "It was huge the way we battled back," Pujols said. "In a game like this, you have to make a lot of great plays."

    The Cardinals are 11-2 against the Dodgers at 4-year-old Busch Stadium, and 17-3 at home against Los Angeles since 2004. The Dodgers stranded a season-high 15 runners.

    The four-game skid is the Dodgers' worst since they dropped eight straight from Aug. 22-29, 2008, and they have totaled three runs and 33 hits the first three games of a four-game series.

    Manny Ramirez's spectacular leaping catch at the left-field wall prevented a go-ahead extra-base hit by Ryan to end the seventh.

    The Cardinals had runners on first and second in the seventh when Ramirez pulled down Ryan's drive, took a few steps back from the wall and tossed the ball into the stands. A fan tossed it back so quickly that many in the sellout crowd believed it was a home run, and Ryan had a puzzled look as he stood on second base as the Dodgers trotted off the field.

    "My heart dropped into my stomach when I saw him throw the ball back into the stands," Ryan said. "I felt nauseous."

    Cardinals starter Joel Pineiro gave up one run and six hits in eight innings, lowering his ERA to 2.84.

    "It was a fun game to be part of," Pineiro said.

    The Cardinals were down to their last strike before Colby Rasmus' broken-bat, opposite-field RBI single in the ninth off Jonathan Broxton. It ended Broxton's run of 12 consecutive saves, although Rasmus was caught stealing to force extra innings.

    "I'll take 1-0 going into the ninth with Broxton as our closer," Kershaw said. "I'll take those chances you know 100 percent of the time."

    Both teams scored in the 11th, the Dodgers getting to All-Star closer Ryan Franklin with two hits and a sacrifice fly by Kemp and the Cardinals answering on Ryan Ludwick's one-out RBI single off Ramon Troncoso before stranding two runners.

    Ludwick's strong throw from right field nipped Ramirez at the plate trying to score on Casey Blake's two-out single to end the 12th.

    Ludwick, who got his first start of the year in center field instead of his usual spot in right, mistimed a diving attempt on Blake's sinking liner to help the Dodgers take the lead. Blake ended with a triple on a ball that went to the wall and James Loney, who had four hits, followed with an opposite-field single for his team-leading 63rd RBI, one more than Andre Ethier.

    Game notes

    Pinch-hitter Joe Thurston's one-out double in the 12th was wiped out on appeal because he missed first base. It's at least the second time the Dodgers have won such an appeal play, also negating the go-ahead run in a 3-2 victory over the Mets on May 18 because Ryan Church missed third base. ... Pujols doubled leading off the seventh for only his third extra-base hit since the All-Star break. ... Franklin has allowed three runs and seven hits in three innings since the break.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Game Information

    StadiumBusch Stadium, St. Louis, MO
    Attendance40,011 (91% full) - % is based on regular season capacity
    Game Time4:53
    Weather78 degrees, partly cloudy
    Wind6 mph
    UmpiresHome Plate - Mark Wegner, First Base - Tim Timmons, Second Base - Jeff Kellogg, Third Base - Rob Drake