LOS ANGELES (AP) – Jhonny Peralta hit a tiebreaking two-run double and Yadier Molina homered, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night.
Cardinals right-hander Carlos Martinez couldn’t make it out of the fifth inning despite the two-run lead. Manager Mike Matheny pulled him after a one-out single by Dee Gordon and a walk to Yasiel Puig, but Seth Maness (3-2) retired Adrian Gonzalez on a double-play grounder. Maness allowed one hit through 2 1-3 innings with two strikeouts.
Maness got a huge assist from center fielder Jon Jay, who robbed Juan Uribe of a potential RBI double in the sixth when he sprinted toward the warning track and made a diving backhanded grab. Pat Neshek retired Matt Kemp on a grounder with a runner at second in the eighth, and Trevor Rosenthal got three outs for his 24th save in 27 chances.