Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cards Scratch out Win over Dodgers

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cards Scratch out Win over Dodgers

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LOS ANGELES * The Cardinals played some small ball some very small ball as they cadged two runs out of almost nothing in the eighth inning to snatch a 2-1 win Friday night over the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium.

The only balls that left the infield in the inning were outs, but one of those was Matt Carpenter's sacrifice-fly liner to right off lefthander Brett Anderson, breaking a 1-1 tie.

Yadier Molina's four-pitch walk began the inning, and Molina was run for by Pete Kozma.

"I hate taking (Molina) out of the game," said manager Mike Matheny. "We had to steal every kind of potential base we could."

Jason Heyward hit a hard grounder up the middle, where shortstop Jimmy Rollins made a good grab, but Rollins' backhand flip to second baseman Kike Hernandez was off line and both runners were safe.

Tony Cruz, batting for starter Carlos Martinez, who fanned a career-high 11, dropped down a perfect sacrifice bunt, the third of his career, and almost was safe himself as catcher Yasmani Grandal hesitated before throwing to first.

With runners at second and third, Kolten Wong grounded to first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. Kozma got a good break off third and Gonzalez looked home but determined he had no play at the plate, which he probably didn't. But, even though Hernandez moved behind him to cover the bag, Gonzalez did not risk throwing to him. Anderson wasn't covering either, and Wong was safe.

Heyward moved up to third, where he scored on Carpenter's liner.

The sacrifice bunt, a play manager Mike Matheny is not particularly fond of, was just the second by a Cardinals position player this season. The other was by another catcher, Molina.

"Tony did a great job," said Matheny. "The bunt is something we haven't been great at doing this year. We haven't done it a lot.

"I throw to him every day, making it tough on him and throwing all kinds of stuff at him, trying to get him to bunt. …

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