Game Report: Dodgers 7, Cardinals 3

The Cardinals staked Michael Wacha to a three-run lead before he took the mound on Thursday night in Los Angeles but that was the end of the good news for the Cardinals.

Wacha and the bullpen could not protect the lead and the Dodgers scored seven unanswered runs en route to the victory.

The Dodgers limited the Cardinals’ offense to only five hits the rest of the game with only one runner advancing to second base.

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate: Jedd Gyorko drove in two of the first-inning runs with a double, his first of two hits in the game … Yadier Molina extended his hitting streak to 14 games and drove in the third run with a single. A double by Aledmys Diaz and an intentional walk to Kolten Wong loaded the bases, but with Wacha at the plate, Molina tried to score when a pitch got past the catcher but he was thrown out at the plate to end the inning. … The first hit in the inning came from leadoff hitter Dexter Fowler, breaking his 0-of-20 streak, but he was 0-of-4 the rest of the game.

On the mound: Wacha could not get through the fifth inning. He allowed a homer to Chase Utley in the second and three runs in the fourth before leaving with two runners on base in the fifth, both of whom scored after Brett Cecil threw a wild pitch and gave up an RBI double …The last Dodgers run scored against Miguel Socolovich in the sixth … It was the first time in eight games the Cardinals’ starter allowed more than two earned runs.

Key stat: Gyorko’s 2-of-4 night raised his batting average on the road this season to .397 (25-of-63), the best mark in the National League. He has at least one hit in 16 of the 17 road games he has played this season. Gyorko raised his overall average to .336.

Worth noting: The loss was only the second by the Cardinals in their last 12 road games … His double in the first inning meant that each of Diaz’s last five hits have been doubles … Mike Shildt coached third base for the first time as Chris Maloney was away from the team to attend his daughter’s graduation. Maloney will rejoin the team Friday night in Colorado.

Looking ahead: The Cardinals head to Coors Field to open a three-game series on Friday night. Carlos Martinez will get the start in the opener, followed by Adam Wainwright on Saturday night and Lance Lynn on Sunday.