Dodgers end scoring drought to down Cardinals

Tue Oct 15, 2013 5:24pm EDT
 
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By Jahmal Corner

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rookie Ryu Hyun-jin outdueled Adam Wainwright and the Los Angeles Dodgers snapped their lengthy scoring drought to beat the St Louis Cardinals 3-0 and climb back into the National League Championship Series on Monday.

With the Dodgers in danger of falling 3-0 behind in the best-of-seven series, South Korean Ryu stood up to the Game Three pressure and tossed seven scoreless innings as Los Angeles trimmed the deficit to 2-1.

"It gets us on the board, that's the main thing. We grab a little momentum on our side," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told reporters.

"(Ryu) has pitched big in a lot of big games this year. The experience of the (National League Division Series) really helped him today."

The Dodgers broke through with two runs in the fourth to snap a stretch of 22 scoreless innings and Hanley Ramirez returned to the line-up from a rib injury with two hits and an eighth-inning RBI.

In the fourth, Adrian Gonzalez brought the Dodger Stadium crowd to its feet with an RBI double and Yasiel Puig followed with a run-scoring triple.

Puig's hit was his first of the series, ending an 0-for-11 slump, and the blast was just a fraction short of clearing the fence for a home run.

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October 14, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Andre Ethier (16) and first baseman Adrian Gonzalez (23) celebrate the 3-0 victory against the St. Louis Cardinals following game three of the National League Championship Series baseball game at Dodger Stadium. Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports