St. Louis 7, Dodgers 1

Los Angeles Times - - BASEBALL - — Zach Helfand

KEY MO­MENT: When a grounder scooted un­der the glove of Justin Turner for an er­ror in the third in­ning, it seemed like a small mis­take. There were two outs and no one on in a score­less game. But the Car­di­nals used three straight sin­gles from Matt Hol­l­i­day, Jhonny Per­alta and Mark Reynolds to take an early 2-0 lead.

AT THE PLATE: The Dodgers threat­ened in con­sec­u­tive innings but man­aged just one run against Michael Wacha. In the fifth in­ning, Joc Ped­er­son struck out with two run­ners on. And in the sixth, the Dodgers loaded the bases but scored only one run, on a sac­ri­fice fly from Alex Guer­rero. Adrian Gon­za­lez, Justin Turner and Enrique Her­nan­dez all fin­ished with two hits.

ON THE MOUND: Car­los Frias was stung by the two un­earned runs in the third in­ning, and then ran into trou­ble af­ter walk­ing the lead­off hit­ter in a three-run fifth in­ning. He fin­ished with 10 hits al­lowed in 62⁄

3 innings. Daniel Coulombe made his sec­ond ap­pear­ance of the sea­son in re­lief and pitched the fi­nal 21⁄ innings. He worked out of a jam in the

3 sev­enth in­ning but al­lowed two runs in the eighth in­ning.

STREAK BUSTED: Ped­er­son had al­ready be­gun a trot af­ter blast­ing a ball to left-cen­ter field in the third in­ning. He thought the ball was gone. Then it hit right off the “375” sign, and he had to run for a dou­ble. That was as close as Ped­er­son would get to a home run. En­ter­ing the game, he had home­red in five straight games, which tied the Dodgers record

and the all-time record for all rook­ies. He was near­ing the record of eight, shared by Dale Long, Ken Grif­fey Jr. and Dodgers Manager Don Mat­tingly. “I hope he breaks it and gets 10, 12 straight,” Mat­tingly said be­fore the game.

EX­TRA BASES: Howie Ken­drick was held out of the lineup af­ter in­jur­ing his knee with a slide on Wed­nes­day. “We want to give him 24 hours and see if he’s go­ing to be able to bounce back,” Mat­tingly said. He in­di­cated the in­jury could side­line him for longer. “We’ll know more to­mor­row with Howie, as far as, he was stiff to­day, is he go­ing to be a lot bet­ter?” … Right-han­der Zach Lee, the Dodgers’ first-round pick in 2010, is experiencing tin­gling in his fin­gers and has been pulled from Triple-A to be eval­u­ated in Los An­ge­les. … Hec­tor Oliv­era, the Cuban in­fielder signed to a six-year, $62.5-mil­lion deal last month, made his pro­fes­sional de­but with dou­ble-A Tulsa on Thurs­day. He played third base and went one for four with two walks. … In his first re­hab game since re-in­jur­ing a strained left ham­string, Yasiel Puig was two for four with a dou­ble, a run and a strike­out at sin­gle-A Ran­cho Cu­ca­monga.

UP NEXT: Left-han­der Brett An­der­son (2-3, 3.42 earned-run av­er­age) will op­pose St. Louis right-han­der Car­los Martinez (5-2, 3.13 ERA) at Dodger Sta­dium at 7 p.m. TV: Sport­sNet LA; Ra­dio: 570, 1020.

Mark J. Ter­rill As­so­ci­ated Press

ENRIQUE HER­NAN­DEZ can’t reach a ball hit for a dou­ble by Matt Car­pen­ter in fifth in­ning.

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