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The Cardinals climbed to the final NL wild-card spot within three games of the San Diego Padres, while the Dodgers fell 2 1/2 games behind the NL West-leading San Francisco Giants.
“Two and a half games is not much,” said Dodgers shortstop Tree Turner. “A lot of things can happen in the last 20 games and I try not to look at the scoreboard or focus on that stuff. You try to control what is in front of you and today it was game and the job is not done so we move on to tomorrow. “
O’Neill’s fifth-inning drive from Phil Bickford (3-2), his 25th homer this season, pushed past Steven Souza Jr.’s outstretched glove, barely clearing the wall of left field.
“He has become a really consistent player that he really wanted to be and is capable of,” Cardinals manager Mike Schildt said. He said, ‘He is ready for every batting. This is a fast kid. he does his homework.”
Homer scored a winner from Alex Reyes (6-8), who played two scoreless innings since being demoted from the close role in his fifth appearance.
“I feel healthy and feel good in my hand,” Reyes said. “As a competitor I am ready to pitch wherever and whenever my name is called and get out early.”
Cardinals catcher Andrew Nijner said Reyes came through in an important part of the game.
“Their stuff was going well,” Nizner said. “Fastball was good. The slider was good, with all his pitches mixing. And I think if you go back and look at the game, his innings set the tone for the back half of that game.
TJ McFarland and Luis Garcia combined for two scoreless innings to close the gap to Giovanni Gallegos, who earned his sixth save with a perfect ninth.
The Dodgers amassed just four hits against five different Cardinals pitchers.
“Just at the time where results matter,” said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. “And so, the process has been good and we still have to keep grinding and hope for good things to happen.”
None of the starters lasted long.
Dodgers right-hander Tony Gonsolin, who was active before the game, threw 55 pitches in three innings in his first start since July 30. He was sidelined with a swelling of the right shoulder.
Gonsolin allowed Nizner’s RBI double in the second.
Cardinals right Jake Woodford made his first start since being recalled from Triple-A Memphis on September 3, throwing 66 pitches in four innings. He surrendered an RBI single from Turner in the third.
“It’s a great lineup, especially at the top,” Woodford said. “I thought they made some adjustments and I dug myself a bit in the hole, so definitely some stuff to work on and go back and review.”
Albert Pujols received another standing ovation from 31,173 in attendance as he moved to the plate in the seventh inning for a pinch-hit appearance, which could have been his final plate appearance at Busch Stadium.
Pujols took a walk that attracted a crowd that wanted to see the Dodgers slugger swing the bat one last time.
Pujols played for the Cardinals from 2001–2011 and led the team to the World Series Championship in 2006 and 2011.
Turner extended his career-best hitting streak to 16 games with a first-innings double. This is the longest streak for a Dodgers player this season.
by Joe Harris
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times