After 81 games, the Dodgers (45-36) may not lead the
They began the night three games back of the
The Dodgers got a lift from the return of
Wainwright started off the game like he wanted to join the recent no-hit parade. He held the Dodgers without a hit until Miguel Rojas led off the bottom of the sixth with a clean single to left. One out later,
If Beckett was unable to match Wainwright's no-hit bid, he was able to hold the Cardinals scoreless.
Beckett went seven innings, holding the Cardinals without a run on four hits and two walks. He did need, however, some sterling defensive plays behind him.
Rojas made a leaping, one-handed stab of ex-Dodger
Gordon made an excellent stop of a drive in the hole between second and short on a
That play loomed even bigger when, with two outs,
The throw was on line and catcher
The Dodgers finally scratched out a run against Wainwright (10-4) in the eighth after Uribe -- who had struck out in his first two at-bats after being activated from the disabled list prior to the game -- singled sharply to center.
A Butera bunt sacrificed him to second before Rojas beat out an infield hit nicely stopped by shortstop