St. Louis 3, Dodgers 1

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS - — Dy­lan Her­nan­dez

KEY MO­MENT: Brett An­der­son served up a two-run home run to Jhonny Per­alta in the first in­ning that put the Dodgers in a 2-0 hole. “I was try­ing to go in, and it leaked out over the plate,” An­der­son said. The Dodgers trailed for the re­main­der of the game.

AT THE PLATE: Joc Ped­er­son hit his 13th home run of the sea­son, a solo home run in the eighth in­ning off left-handed re­liever Kevin Siegrist. Ped­er­son’s home run to­tal through May is tied for the sec­ond-most in base­ball his­tory by a Na­tional League rookie. Or­lando Cepeda also had 13 at this stage in 1958. The only player with more was Al­bert Pu­jols, who had 16 in 2001. The Dodgers fin­ished the game with two hits, only one of which came against Car­di­nals starter Car­los Martinez, who pitched seven innings. The game was par­tic­u­larly emo­tional for Martinez, as the Car­di­nals hon­ored his late friend and team­mate Os­car Tav­eras in a pregame cer­e­mony.

ON THE MOUND: An­der­son pitched six innings, with the only two runs scored against him com­ing on Per­alta’s home run. The left-han­der said he was rel­a­tively sat­is­fied with his ef­fort, con­sid­er­ing he felt he had noth­ing on the ball. “It was maybe the worst stuff I’ve ever had in the big leagues,” An­der­son said. “There aren’t too many mor­tal vic­to­ries in this game, but the fact that I gave our team a qual­ity start and two runs with my D-plus stuff in this ball­park against a good team, you can kind of take so­lace in that. Com­mand was bru­tal. I didn’t have life on any­thing, re­ally.” Chris Hatcher’s strug­gles con­tin­ued, as the right-han­der gave up an eighth-in­ning in­sur­ance run to the Car­di­nals. Hatcher’s ERA is now 6.89.

MED­I­CAL RE­PORT: Left-han­der Paco Ro­driguez has been placed on the dis­abled list and is sched­uled to re­turn to Los An­ge­les to un­dergo an MRI ex­am­i­na­tion on his el­bow. “Prob­a­bly for the past three or four out­ings, Paco hasn’t felt quite right,” Manager Don Mat­tingly said. “He just feels like he doesn’t have true fin­ish on the ball. He’s not hav­ing any pain per se, but we know he’s hav­ing trou­ble get­ting ex­tended and fin­ish­ing pitches.” The Dodgers listed Ro­driguez’s in­jury as an el­bow strain. “We’re go­ing to try to catch this be­fore it gets to any­thing,” Mat­tingly said. Ro­driguez has pitched in 18 games for the Dodgers this sea­son, post­ing a 2.61 earned-run av­er­age.

ROS­TER MOVE: The Dodgers re­placed Ro­driguez on their ac­tive ros­ter with right-han­der Matt West, who was re­called from triple-A Ok­la­homa City. West, 26, was ac­quired by the Dodgers from the Toronto Blue Jays on May 4. As an in­fielder in rookie ball, West was suspended for testing pos­i­tive for a per­for­mance-en­hanc­ing sub­stance. He later be­came a pitcher and reached the ma­jors last sea­son with the Texas Rangers, for whom he made three ap­pear­ances.

UP NEXT: Clay­ton Ker­shaw (3-3, 3.86 ERA) will face the Colorado Rock­ies and Kyle Ken­drick (2-6, 6.38) at Coors Field on Mon­day at 5:30 p.m. PDT. TV: Sport­sNet LA; Ra­dio: 570, 1020.

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