Recap: Dodgers Comeback Attempt Falls Short Against Adam Wainwright, Cardinals
Yadier Molina, Will Smith
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The Los Angeles Dodgers took on the St. Louis Cardinals in the third of a four-game series on Wednesday night looking to earn their third straight win to remain a game behind the San Francisco Giants in the National League West.

Unfortunately though, the Dodgers were unable to do so, falling to the Cardinals, 5-4, and dropping to two games out of first place in the process.

It was the Dodgers who got on the scoreboard first off Adam Wainwright in the top of the first inning after Max Muncy and Mookie Betts went to right for back-to-back singles with one out. Corey Seager then drove a double off the left-field wall to bring home the run, although Betts was thrown out at home also trying to score, which prevented the Dodgers from any sort of big inning.

The Cardinals responded immediately in the bottom of the first by scoring three runs of their own to take the league, with the big swing coming on a two-run home run off the bat of Yadier Molina.

Both pitchers settled in a bit from there though as the scoring didn’t resume until the fourth inning. It was again Molina at the center of it for the Cardinals as he hit a ball down the line and then later scored on a single by Edmundo Sosa to extend their lead to 4-1.

Meanwhile, the Dodgers offense went into a slumber after that first inning as Wainwright retired 15 straight batters. Muncy broke that up with a solo home run with two outs in the fifth, cutting the deficit to 4-2. It was Muncy’s team-leading 31st home run of the season.

White’s night was done after five innings, allowing five hits and four earned runs while striking out six and walking none.

Even though he and the Dodgers bullpen did a solid job of limiting the Cardinals, with Shane Greene giving up the only run on a homer by Tyler O’Neill, it didn’t matter as the Dodgers offense stayed quiet for most of the night against Wainwright.

They threatened in the ninth as Trea Turner and Betts both singled to bring the tying run to the plate with one out. Seager then hit an RBI single to make it 5-3, ending Wainwright’s night.

Will Smith hit a sacrifice fly to make it 5-4, but then Chris Taylor struck out to end the game.

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