ST. LOUIS — "It was going to end at some point,"
It was only the eighth loss in the last 40 games for the first-place Dodgers. But as it has often done in the past, the club struggled to give their former
The Dodgers scored one run against Cardinals starter Joe Kelly (3-3) in Kelly's 51/3 innings of work, and overall they hit into four double plays.
The Dodgers' previous loss also came in a Kershaw start, when the
The lack of offense for Kershaw is "pretty frustrating," Dodgers center fielder
Kershaw (10-7) gave up two runs and six hits in six innings, and St. Louis scored both runs in the fifth inning.
Jon Jay doubled,
"The hits they got, they weren't great pitches," said Kershaw, who on Monday was named
"I left some sliders up and they hit the ball hard," he said after his earned-run average rose from 1.87 to 1.91. "They made me pay."
The Dodgers had a chance to post a big inning in the sixth but failed to capitalize.
"He did his job," Dodgers Manager
In the seventh inning,
It was still a 2-1 game in the bottom of the eighth inning, when Dodgers reliever
Carlos Beltran slugged the first one against League, who then walked
Asked about the end of the road winning streak, Mattingly replied, "The only game you're really worried about is tonight's game."
But Kershaw said the streak was "definitely not something to take lightly, with what we accomplished. It just means we need to start a new one tomorrow."