By the time it was over, the Cardinals had rallied with three eighth-inning runs to pull out a 4-2 victory over the frustrated Dodgers before a silenced Dodger Stadium crowd of 41,500 on Sunday.
The victory meant the Cardinals took three of four games from the Dodgers -- the first time the Dodgers have lost a home series since last August. The Dodgers are now 2-5 against St. Louis this season. This follows the Cardinals having bounced the Dodgers out of the postseason the last two years.
Everybody else looks at the Dodgers and sees all that marvelous talent. The Cardinals see easy pickings.
Greinke gave the Dodgers about all they could ask for, holding the Cardinals to one run and six hits in 6 2/3 innings. He walked one and struck out eight.
The only run he gave up came in the sixth inning when Jhonny Peralta hit a no-doubt home run into the left-field pavilion.
They added a second run in the third when Greinke and Puig singled, and Turner -- batting cleanup -- drove a hit to center to score Greinke from second base.
But that was all the damage the Dodgers could manage against Lynn. Their offense, rolling along so merrily early this season, suddenly finds everything a struggle. Couple that with the bullpen’s recent demise and losing happens.
The Dodgers have now scored two runs or less in 14 of their last 22 games.
The Cardinals’ winning rally started in the eighth against Adam Liberatore when he walked leadoff hitter Matt Carpenter. Manager Don Mattingly went to right-hander Juan Nicasio mostly because he had to go to someone.
Matt Holiday then poked a low, outside pitch down the right-field line. Puig charged but failed to bend over enough to field the ball and it squirted past him for a triple as Carpenter scored the tying run. Peralta lined a hit through a drawn-in infield to score pinch-runner Peter Bourjos with the go-ahead run. Mark Reynolds added an RBI double and St. Louis had its two-run lead.
The Dodgers currently have four relievers on the disabled list -- Joel Peralta, Paco Rodriguez, Pedro Baez and Brandon League -- and not much currently in the bullpen they can really count upon beyond closer Kenley Jansen and left-hander J.P. Howell.