Dodgers' bats wake up in sixth to down Cards

Dodgers' bats wake up in sixth to down Cards

ST. LOUIS -- On a Saturday night when the Dodgers established a franchise-record road scoring drought, Los Angeles still managed to nab a come-from-behind, 5-1 win over the Cardinals to even a three-game series at Busch Stadium. The win came after rain delayed the start 2 hours and 20 minutes.

Held hitless by Cardinals starter Michael Wacha through 5 1/3 innings, the Dodgers broke out with a four-run sixth. Justin Turner tallied the first hit. Catcher Yasmani Grandal capped the inning with a three-run blast to chase Wacha from the game.

"I just started leaving balls over the middle of the plate," Wacha said of the sixth inning. "They were putting good at-bats up against me and ended up fouling off a lot of pitches and stuff. But I've got to be able to get out of that inning without that kind of damage. It just didn't work out for me there."

Entering the inning, the Dodgers had gone scoreless in 42 straight innings away from home. That eclipsed the franchise-record drought of 41 innings set in 1908.

Dodgers starter Carlos Frias allowed an unearned run in the first but nothing more over a career-high seven innings. He is the first pitcher to beat the Cardinals this year in a game started by Wacha, who was handed his first loss.

"Tonight, he seemed to be hitting his spots," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said of Frias. "He used his slider some. As the game went on, he started using his curveball. That's the key."

Snapping the streak: The Dodgers had yet to get a hit off Wacha when Turner ripped a one-out double off the right-field wall in the sixth. Turner scored two batters later on a Howie Kendrick single to end the franchise's longest streak of scoreless innings on the road.
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"I didn't even think about it until somebody asked me yesterday about the four [shutouts] in a row on the road," Mattingly said. "It was good to put a few runs on the board."

Kendrick's RBI single

A Grand(al) return: On the day he was activated from the seven-day concussion disabled list, Grandal chased Wacha from the game with a three-run blast in the sixth. The homer came on Wacha's 112th pitch, more pitches than he had thrown in a start since 2013. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny opted to stick with Wacha versus Grandal despite having a pair of relievers warmed up.

"He's our best option, and he's throwing the ball extremely well and has strikeout ability to get us out of it," Matheny said of letting Wacha try to finish the inning. "He's the guy we want on the mound. He was pushing his limit pitch-count wise, but it wasn't anything crazy."

Grandal on win over Cardinals

Doubling up on double plays: Thanks in part to a pair of late-inning double plays, Frias rebounded from his worst start of the season to earn his fourth win. Frias induced inning-ending double-play ground balls from Jhonny Peralta and Jon Jay in the sixth and seventh innings, respectively. More >

Rollins turns a double play

Striking first: For the sixth straight game, Cardinals leadoff hitter Kolten Wong reached and scored in the first inning. He got on base because of an error by Kendrick and later came home on Peralta's groundout. Over the last six games, Wong is 8-for-25 with eight runs scored. Before that, he was 7-for-30 with two runs scored when batting leadoff.

The Dodgers' streak without scoring a run on the road goes down as the sixth longest in Major League history and the longest since the 1985 Braves were held scoreless for 46 straight innings in May.

Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday left the game after four innings due to illness. He had missed the series opener due to flu-like symptoms. Before departing, Holliday was able to extend his National League-record season-opening on-base streak to 44 games by drawing a fourth-inning walk. More >

Holliday leaves game early

Dodgers: Brett Anderson will make his first career start against the Cardinals as the teams wrap up their series in an 11:15 a.m. PT game. Anderson has not allowed more than four runs in any of his nine starts this season.

Cardinals: Fittingly, right-hander Carlos Martinez draws the start against the Dodgers on Sunday at 1:15 p.m. CT, which will be Oscar Taveras Day at Busch Stadium. Sunday marks the one-year anniversary of Taveras' Major League debut. Martinez wears No. 18 in honor of his late friend and teammate.

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