Game Report: Dodgers 2, Cardinals 1 (13 innings)

Playing 13 innings has proven to be unlucky for the Cardinals in the last week.

They played their third 13-inning game out of their last five games on Tuesday night, and for the third time, they lost as a two-out walk and a double off Jonathan Broxton gave the Dodgers the win in Los Angeles.

The Cardinals lost in 13 innings to the Red Sox last Wednesday and to the Giants on Saturday at home.

This loss snapped the Cardinals’ nine-game winning streak on the road.

The game was the longest between the Cardinals and Dodgers at Dodger Stadium since the Cardinals won 2-1 in 15 innings on April 14, 1993.

The first nine innings featured a terrific pitching duel between Lance Lynn and Clayton Kershaw. Lynn allowed only two hits in eight innings while Kershaw allowed only three hits in nine innings.

Here is how the game broke down:


At the plate: The Cardinals had only one scoring chance against Kershaw until the ninth. Aledmys Diaz led off the sixth with a double and went to third on a groundout, but stayed there as Lynn and Dexter Fowler struck out … In the ninth, Randal Grichuk singled to begin the inning, went to second on a groundout and scored the tying run, from second, when a wild pitch by Kershaw bounced all the way to the edge of the Dodgers’ dugout … The Cardinals’ fourth and final hit of the game was an infield single by Stephen Piscotty with two outs in the 12th … Fowler was 0-for-5 and is now hitless in his last 15 at-bats and has just four hits in his last 31 at-bats, two of which were home runs.

On the mound
: This was only the second time in Lynn’s career he pitched eight or more innings and allowed only two hits; the other was on June 13, 2014 when he defeated the Nationals 1-0 … Lynn allowed a first inning home run to Yasmani Grandal, but then retired 20 of the next 21 hitters he faced before Chase Utley singled with one out in the eighth … Lynn struck out 10 and walked two … It was his ninth career game with 10 or more strikeouts, the first since May 1, 2015 … The Dodgers threatened in the 11th when Forsythe walked, went to second on a wild pitch and took third on a throwing error on a pickoff attempt by Yadier Molina but was stranded as Grandal struck out … In the 13th, Broxton retired the first two hitters before a walk, and Forsythe then hit a double which got past Piscotty in the right field corner to drive in the winning run.

Key stat: The loss was only the second in the last 11 extra-inning games for the Cardinals in Dodger Stadium dating back to 1984.

Worth noting: Four of the nine home runs allowed by Lynn this season have come in the first inning. He has given up seven runs in the first inning in his nine starts and just eight runs combined in the other 45 innings he has pitched this season … Kershaw struck out 10 or more Cardinals for the fourth time in his career, the last time coming on June 6, 2015 … Molina’s single in the second inning extended his hitting streak to 12 games … Before the game the Cardinals activated left-hander Tyler Lyons from the disabled list and optioned Sam Tuivailala to Memphis.

Looking ahead: Mike Leake gets the start in the second game of the series Tuesday night while Rich Hill will pitch for the Dodgers.