Dodgers lose third game in a row to hot Cards

The Tribune (SLO) - - Sports - BY STEVE OVERBEY

ST. LOUIS

Yadier Molina and Mar­cell Ozuna home­red, Jack Fla­herty tossed six ef­fec­tive in­nings and the St. Louis Car­di­nals beat the Los An­ge­les Dodgers 7-2 on Wed­nes­day night.

The Car­di­nals have won four in a row and will try to sweep the four-game series Thurs­day. They have outscored their op­po­nents 19-6 dur­ing the win­ning streak.

Max Muncy and Joc Ped­er­son home­red for the Dodgers, who have lost three straight af­ter a fiveg­ame win­ning streak.

Paul DeJong had three hits and drove in a run with a triple in the sixth. DeJong ex­tended his ca­reer-best hit­ting streak to 11 games. He is tied with San Fran­cisco’s Bran­don Crawford for the long­est cur­rent streak in the Na­tional League.

Fla­herty (1-0) gave up three hits and one run in his 99-pitch ef­fort. He struck out eight and did not walk a bat­ter. He has per­mit­ted one run over 11 in­nings in his last two starts.

Molina, who drove in three runs, home­red off Kenta Maeda (2-1) in the sixth to push the lead to a 5-1. Ozuna, who had three hits, added a two-run drive in the eighth.

Maeda gave up five runs and seven hits in 5 1⁄ in3 nings.

Ped­er­son’s one-out shot in the sixth brought the Dodgers to 2-1. Los An­ge­les has gone deep in 11 of 13 games this sea­son.

EVEN UP

The Car­di­nals and Dodgers have played each other 2,074 times since 1892. The series is even at 1,029-1,029 with 16 ties.

KERSHAW ON TRACK

Dodgers ace Clay­ton Kershaw is sched­uled to make his sea­son de­but Sun­day or Mon­day, ac­cord­ing to man­ager Dave Roberts.

The three-time Cy Young Award win­ner, both­ered by shoulder in­flam­ma­tion dur­ing spring training, com­pleted his sec­ond ef­fec­tive re­hab ap­pear­ance Tues­day night for Dou­ble-A Tulsa against Spring­field. He went six in­nings and al­lowed two runs on five hits. He struck out six and did not walk a bat­ter.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Dodgers: Placed C Rus­sell Martin on the 10-day injured list with lower back in­flam­ma­tion and re­called C Rocky Gale from Triple-A Ok­la­homa City. Gale was 2 for 6 with three runs scored at Ok­la­homa City.

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