Dodgers rookie lefty shuts down Cardinals in third game of NLCS

Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Brian Wilson (00) reacts after he pitches the eighth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals in game three of the National League Championship Series Monday night at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. The Dodgers won 3-0.
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Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Brian Wilson (00) reacts after he pitches the eighth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals in game three of the National League Championship Series Monday night at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. The Dodgers won 3-0.
Posted Oct. 14, 2013, at 11:19 p.m.

LOS ANGELES — Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched seven scoreless innings, and the Los Angeles Dodgers broke a 22-inning scoring drought to get back into the National League Championship Series with a 3-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday night at Dodger Stadium.

The Cardinals still lead the best-of-seven series two games to one.

Ryu, a rookie left-hander, gave up three singles and a walk while striking out four to become the first South Korean-born pitcher to win a postseason game in major league history.

The Dodgers provided the only offense Ryu needed in the fourth inning, a two-run rally that began when St. Louis center fielder Jon Jay failed to catch Mark Ellis’ leadoff fly ball to right-center field.

Ellis was credited with a double, and after taking third base on a flyout by Hanley Ramirez, he scored on a double over first base by Adrian Gonzalez. Yasiel Puig hit a two-out triple off the right field fence to put Los Angeles ahead 2-0.

The Dodgers scored for the first time since Juan Uribe’s two-run single in the third inning of Game 1, which the Cardinals won 3-2 in 13 innings Friday. Michael Wacha and four St. Louis relievers shut out the Dodgers 1-0 in Game 2 on Saturday.

Ramirez, who had two hits while playing with a hairline fracture in his left ribcage, singled home Carl Crawford with the final run in the eighth inning.

Kenley Jansen pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning for the save.

St. Louis had two runners on base in only one inning, the fifth, after David Freese and Matt Adams opened the inning with singles, the Cardinals’ first two hits.

Freese came out due to right calf tightness, and pinch runner Daniel Descalso misread Jay’s fly ball to short left field and was easily doubled off second by Crawford. Ryu got a groundout to end the inning.

St. Louis right-hander Adam Wainwright suffered his first loss in five career postseason decisions. Wainwright allowed two runs on six hits in seven innings. The Cardinals right-hander won Games 1 and 5 of the NLDS against Pittsburgh, giving up two runs in 16 innings.

Puig collected his first two hits of the series.

NOTES: Ramirez started despite the injury that occurred when he was struck by a pitch in Game 1 of the series. He was held out of Game 2. … Los Angeles CF Andre Ethier, who did not start in the final 15 games of the regular season while nursing an ankle injury, started in Game 3 and went 0-for-4. He struck out as a pinch hitter to end Game 2. Ethier pinch-hit in all four games of the NLDS and made his first start since Sept. 13 in Game 1 of the NLCS against St. Louis, going 1-for-5 with a single and a walk … Dodgers RHP Ricky Nolasco and Cardinals RHP Lance Lynn are the scheduled starters for Game 4 on Tuesday. Nolasco is 2-0 with an 0.75 ERA against St. Louis this season, one win with Miami and one with the Dodgers. Lynn went 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA against the Dodgers this season, throwing six shutout innings May 24 at Dodger Stadium. He is 2-0 with a 2.50 ERA in three career starts against Los Angeles.

 

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