The Los Angeles Dodgers salvaged a victory Sunday night after dropping two games at St. Louis to start the second half of the season. But as the case has been much of this season, L.A. also is keeping one eye on some of its injured star players.
Adrian Gonzalez stroked a tiebreaking single against closer Trevor Rosenthal in the top of the ninth, pushing the Dodgers to a 4-3 victory at Busch Stadium after Clayton Kershaw could not keep a two-run lead. More worrisome though, the Dodgers lost Hanley Ramirez after he was hit on the left hand with a pitch. Yasiel Puig already was out of the lineup after getting hit on the left hand earlier in the series. X-rays for both players came back negative for a break, but a second set of pictures are due to be taken Monday at Pittsburgh.
Ramirez was hit twice, also in the shoulder, and both benches were warned after Kershaw struck Matt Holliday with pitch. Ramirez getting hit helped the Dodgers rally in the ninth and put Gonzalez in position to get the go-ahead single.
Kershaw also recorded his first career stolen base in the fourth inning. Running on the play, he took off for second with two outs and Dee Gordon at the plate. Carlos Martinez helped Kershaw out by throwing the ball in the dirt so that Cardinals catcher Tony Cruz could not catch it.
It was Kershaw's first career attempt, as well. But he did not come around to score.
WERTH'S WALKOFF LIFTS NATS:
Rickie Weeks hit a tying RBI single against closer Rafael Soriano, who had blown only two saves in 24 chances coming in, but Werth replaced disappointment with joy by lining a double against Rob Wooten in the bottom of the ninth. Werth's hit came with two outs, on a 3-1 count and Anthony Rendon leading off base.
''That's what it's all about, right? It's why we do this,'' Werth said of the pressure-packed moment. ''If you find yourself in that situation and you don't want to be there, I think you're in the wrong line of work.''
It also produced this hairy screen cap of Werth being mobbed. Note his hair, the beard of Tanner Roark and the eraserhead of Bryce Harper:
SONNY SHINES AGAIN: Oakland Athletics right-hander Sonny Gray struck out eight and his teammates pounded 15 hits in a 10-2 victory against the Baltimore Orioles. Oakland took two of three games and finished 4-2 this season against Baltimore in a possible playoff preview. Orioles starter Kevin Gausman aptly described how Oakland's offense works when it works best:
''They pick their spots to ambush. They took a lot of good pitches,'' said Gausman, who gave up five runs and nine hits in four-plus innings.
Gray allowed two runs (one earned), two hits and two walks in 6 2/3 innings.
MCCANN BLOOP BEATS CHAPMAN:
The way he has performed this season, Brian McCann of the New York Yankees won't ask for style points when it comes to getting a key hit. His bloop single against Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman gave the Yankees a 3-2 victory, along with a three-game sweep at Yankee Stadium.
''I'll take it, for sure,'' McCann said with a laugh. ''I saw that everybody was looking at each other. So there was a chance, and luckily for us it fell.''
McCann, who signed an expensive free-agent contract in the offseason with the Yankees and has called his own performance "horrible" so far, is batting .242 with a .672 on-base plus slugging percentage.
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