Dodgers 2, St. Louis 0
KEY MOMENT: Yasiel Puig ended a scoreless tie in his first game for the Dodgers in more than six weeks, hitting a double to right-center field in the seventh inning to drive in Chris Heisey. Puig scored in the inning to double the Dodgers’ advantage to 2-0, going from second base to the plate on a single by Justin Turner that hit the glove of diving second baseman Kolten Wong and rolled into center field.
ON THE MOUND: Pitching for the first time since experiencing altitude-related sickness in Colorado on Wednesday, Kenley Jansen threw a perfect ninth inning to record his sixth save. Clayton Kershaw had his best start of the season, limiting the Cardinals to one hit over eight innings. Kershaw walked two and hit a batter. He struck out 11 batters.
AT THE PLATE: Jaime Garcia matched Kershaw for most of the game, keeping the game scoreless through six innings. In seven innings, the left-hander limited the Dodgers to two runs and six hits. The Dodgers finished the game with seven hits. Enrique Hernandez was the only player who had multiple hits, with two.
EXTRA BASES: Right-hander Sergio Santos cleared waivers and elected to become a free agent. Santos was designated for assignment last week after posting a 4.73 earned-run average in 12 games for the Dodgers. . . . Left-hander David Huff cleared waivers for the second time this season. Huff, who was designated for assignment Tuesday, has again agreed to report to triple-A Oklahoma City. . . . Rookie outfielder Scott Schebler was optioned to Oklahoma City to create a roster spot for Puig. . . . Second baseman Howie Kendrick was out of the lineup for the third consecutive day, but was available off the bench. Kendrick hit in a batting cage and ran on the field before the game. . . . Brandon League will start a minor league rehabilitation assignment.
UP NEXT: Zack Greinke (5-1, 1.97 ERA) will face the Cardinals’ Lance Lynn (4-4, 3.03) at Dodger Stadium on Sunday at 5 p.m. TV: ESPN; Radio: 570, 1020.