A first-pitch homer and wild pitch in the last inning of an old friend led the Cardinals to a 4-3 victory over the Dodgers on Monday. The victory for San Luis breaks the five-game winning streak that Los Angeles brought to the city and unifies the Cardinals' record with 5-5.
The Dodgers came to Miles Mikolas early. Lead hitter, Joc Pederson, was hit by a pitch and took third place in Corey Seager's base hit Cody Bellinger and A.J. Pollock led a race to put the Dodgers up, 2-0.
At the bottom of the first, Paul Goldschmidt drew a Hyun-Jin Ryu ride. Goldschmidt later moved with José Martínez, who arrived when Goldschmidt was forced in the second. Next, Marcell Ozuna scored 1-1 on the right side of the left-field foul pole for his second home run of the season. Ozuna's home run had an exit speed of 115.3 MPH, and is ranked as the second most hit ball in 2019.
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Former Cardinal Joe Kelly pitched in the sixth inning for the Dodgers, entering the game after Matt Carpenter opened the inning with a base hit. At that time, the Dodgers were ahead, 3-2. Kelly walked over Goldschmidt before Jose Martinez lined up a single to the left to tie the game. Ozuna hit a double play, but took Goldschmidt to third. With Paul DeJong batting, Kelly threw an uncontrolled pitch, and Goldschmidt stepped in with the winning race of the match.
Mikolas settled and was able to register six tickets on Monday. He allowed both runs in the first inning and another in the fifth, but was able to tie the bases loaded in that frame. The sixth inning could also have brought problems, since the Dodgers had runners in the second and third with only one out. At the 100th pitch of Mikolas of the night, Russell Martin flew to center fielder Harrison Bader, who caught the ball on the surface. Bader then returned fire to Goldschmidt, who then threw the ball to DeJong for a double play at the end of the inning.
John Gant followed Mikolas with two scoreless innings before Jordan Hicks worked the ninth for his second save.
The Cardinals and Dodgers will play the second game of their series on Tuesday, at the same time, in the same place. Dakota Hudson will face Ross Stripling, and the Cardinals will look to win three consecutive games for the first time this season.