Final: Dodgers complete massive comeback over Cardinals with 7-6 win
The Dodgers completed their comeback win, getting a save from Evan Phillips in the ninth to complete a 7-6 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.
After trailing by six runs earlier in the night, the Dodgers scored two runs in the seventh, three more in the eighth and two in the ninth to earn their seventh comeback win in the past nine games.
They are now 57-30 and will go for a series win tomorrow.
Final: Dodgers 7, Cardinals 6
After trailing by six, Dodgers storm back to take lead in the ninth
The Dodgers trailed 6-0 after the sixth inning. They have come back to take a 7-6 lead in the top of the ninth.
After a Justin Turner double and Cody Bellinger single — a play on which pinch-runner Austin Barnes fell down but got back to third base safely — Max Muncy hit a game-tying sacrifice fly.
Then, with two outs, Hanser Alberto lined an RBI single to left, giving the Dodgers their first lead of the night.
Top 9th: Dodgers lead 7-6
Dodgers back within one after three-run eighth
For the second night in a row, the Dodgers have rallied from a big early deficit to get back within one.
Once trialing 6-0, the Dodgers are now behind just 6-5 after scoring three runs in the eighth — one on a Mookie Betts RBI double, and two more on a Trea Turner two-run single.
The Dodgers had the tying run in scoring position later in the inning, but couldn’t add anything else after Will Smith grounded out.
Mid 8th: Cardinals lead 6-5
Dodgers on the board after another Freddie Freeman hit and Will Smith two-run home run
For the third-straight night, Freddie Freeman has reached base four times.
After doubling in the first, getting hit by a pitch in the third and singling in the fifth, Freeman collected another base hit in the seventh, his 12th hit in his past 14 at-bats.
Then, Will Smith made it count, hammering a two-run home run to center field a batter later.
The Dodgers are on the board, but still trail big.
Mid 7th: Cardinals lead 6-2
Tony Gonsolin’s loses MLB ERA lead after five-run, five-inning start
After giving up another run in the fourth inning on a two-out RBI double by Andrew Knizner, Tony Gonsolin’s night ended after the fifth.
His final line: Five innings, five runs, seven hits, one walk, six strikeouts.
It was the most earned runs he’s allowed in his career and the most hits he’s allowed all season. His ERA rose from 1.62 to to 2.02. And he’s now on the hook for his first loss.
After Gonsolin exited, Alex Vesia gave up an RBI single to Lars Nootbaar in the sixth, extending the Cardinals lead.
End 6th: Cardinals lead 6-0
Dodgers fall behind again as Cardinals explode for four runs in the third
For the eighth time in the past nine games, the Dodgers’ opponents opened the scoring on Wednesday.
And in the bottom of the third, the Cardinals did it with a flurry.
With runners on second and third, and two outs in the inning, Gonsolin was a strike away from escaping the jam.
But on the eighth pitch of an at-bat against Paul Goldschmidt, Gonsolin threw an elevated fastball Goldschmidt lined the other way for a two-run single.
In the next at-bat, Gonsolin hung a two-strike slider that Nolan Arenado hammered to left for a two-run homer.
It’s the first time this season, and only the third time in his career, that Tony Gonsolin has given up more than three runs in a start.
End 3rd: Cardinals lead 4-0
Max Muncy dropped to seventh in batting order; Tony Gonsolin tries to stay unbeaten
ST. LOUIS — For the first time this season, Max Muncy will hit seventh in the Dodgers batting order on Wednesday.
The move comes amid Muncy’s latest slump this season, with the struggling slugger entering Wednesday just 1 for his last 19 at the plate and batting .161 on the season — by far the worst mark among qualified big-league hitters.
Manager Dave Roberts said it was a one-time move — he thought Cody Bellinger, who is batting sixth, would be a better matchup against Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright — but also acknowledged that, while he’ll “bet on the results” long-term for Muncy, the infielder’s numbers “haven’t been where any of us would expect.”
Prior to the past week, Muncy had appeared to be turning a corner.
After returning on June 9 from a two-week stint on the injured list, which the Dodgers hoped would serve as a “reset” following his slow start, Muncy had compiled a .759 OPS over a 23-game stretch, including five home runs, 11 RBIs and a more aggressive approach early in counts.
His drop down the lineup Wednesday, however, only reignited more questions about his long-term ability to resurrect his season and rediscover his typical productivity in the Dodgers lineup.
“This is a performance-based business,” Roberts said. “Obviously I have a longer leash with guys, at times. So we’re just gonna keep monitoring it.”
Tony Gonsolin, meanwhile, will take the mound Wednesday for his last start before the All-Star break.
He enters the game with a MLB-best 11-0 record and 1.62 ERA.
Here’s the Dodgers full lineup:
ICYMI: Dodgers’ late rally falls short this time in loss to Cardinals
ST. LOUIS — It was one of the Dodgers’ best stretches of the season. Yet, it featured a troubling trend that continued Tuesday night.
Yes, the Dodgers won all seven games they played last week.
But in six of those contests, they had to come from behind.
On Tuesday against the St. Louis Cardinals, a similar script played out again. The Cardinals built a big, early lead. The Dodgers mounted a late-game rally that kept them in it to the ninth.
This time, however, their latest slow start had left them too far adrift. In a 7-6 defeat at Busch Stadium, they’d finally faced a hill too steep to climb.
How to watch and stream the Dodgers this season
Here’s a look at the Dodgers broadcast and streaming schedule for the remainder of the 2022 regular season: