This just in: St. Louis is where the Dodgers go to die. A one-run lead with two out in the ninth inning devolved into a 15-inning whiff-fest ending in, yes, another Cardinals win.
But first, the good stuff. In the longest outing of his career, Clayton Kershaw was outstanding beyond words, needing only 112 pitches to hold the Cardinals scoreless over eight innings. He gave up only four hits and had seven strikeouts. Remember, he's 21 years old. As Phil Gurnee at True Blue LA says, not for sale at any price. Well put.
There was defense from unexpected sources as well. With the Cardinals threatening to score with two men on, Manny Ramirez made a spectacular catch to end the seventh:
And Andre Ethier made this spectacular catch to end the 11th:
Unfortunately, Jonathan Broxton ran into more two-out trouble, allowing the tying run in the ninth (his third blown save of the season). The two teams traded punchless punches from that point on, except for a scoring Matt Kemp sacrifice fly in the 11th, which Ramon Troncoso gave back in the bottom of the inning. But Hong-Chih Kuo and Guillermo Mota did their jobs, and Jeff Weaver pitched 2 2/3 heroic scoreless innings until Albert "God" Pujols touched him up for the winning run in the 15th.
Time of game: four hours, 53 minutes. Dodger hits: 13; Cardinal hits: 11. Losing streak: 4. Danger of first series sweep: alive.
Kershaw photo by Jeff Roberson/AP