Game Report: Cardinals 2, Dodgers 1

By Rob Rains

After leaving a 1-1 game for a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning Wednesday night, it appeared Carlos Martinez was headed for another start when he pitched well but would not get a win to show for it.

Three pitches later Dexter Fowler changed that.

Fowler’s seventh homer of the year on a 2-1 pitch broke the tie and gave Martinez his fourth win of the season.

“We needed a win like this,” said manager Mike Matheny.

Martinez allowed just four hits and the one run in his eight innings of work.

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate: The Cardinals took a 1-0 lead in the second when Tommy Pham singled, tagged up and went to second on a fly ball and scored on a two-out double by Paul DeJong … Stephen Piscotty had the team’s two hits after that, a double in the fourth and single in the seventh, before Fowler’s homer … Matt Carpenter was moved to second in the batting order for the first time this season and went 0-for-4.

On the mound:
After allowing a walk and single to the first two hitters of the game, Martinez got out of the first inning with a strikeout and double play. He allowed only two baserunners, on a single and walk, from the second until the sixth. A one-out walk and single put runners on first and third, and a sacrifice fly allowed the Dodgers to tie the game. The only other hit off Martinez was a two-out double in the seventh … Seung Hwan Oh gave up a leadoff single in the ninth before retiring the next three hitters.

Key stat: The Cardinals came into the game with just two hits in 35 at-bats over their last nine games with two outs and a runner on base. They were 1-of-3 on Wednesday night, the RBI double by DeJong in the second.

Worth noting: The Cardinals released pitcher Jonathan Broxton before the game, eating the remainder of the $3.75 million he is owed for this season. “This is a performance business, and unfortunately it just wasn’t working,” said general manager John Mozeliak. Broxton had a 6.89 ERA in 20 appearances … To replace Broxton the Cardinals recalled right-hander John Gant from Memphis, where he made three starts, with a 2.19 ERA, after recovering from a groin injury which he suffered late in spring training, costing him a chance to make the Cardinals’ opening-day roster … Jedd Gyorko was back in the lineup after his wife Karley gave birth to the couple’s third child and first daughter on Tuesday night. Gyorko intends to go on paternity leave after Thursday’s game, missing the games Friday and Saturday in Chicago. Mozeliak said a decision has not been made on who will be called up to replace Gyorko on the roster … According to the Baseball Reference website, Wednesday night was only the second time in Cardinals’ history both starting catchers hit third in the lineup. The only other time that happened was on July 17, 1939 against the New York Giants. Don Padgett and Ken O’Dea were the catchers.

Looking ahead
: The four-game series concludes with a 12:45 p.m. game on Thursday. Adam Wainwright will pitch against Brandon McCarthy.

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