Dodgers end scoring drought to down Cardinals
LOS ANGELES -- Rookie Ryu Hyun-jin outduelled 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 3 pressure and tossed seven scoreless innings as Los Angeles trimmed the deficit to 2-1.
The Dodgers broke through with two runs in the fourth inning to snap a stretch of 22 scoreless innings and Hanley Ramirez returned to the lineup 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 it came ever so close to clearing the fence for a home run.
It was more than enough for Ryu, who allowed just three hits before Brian Wilson worked the eighth and Kenley Jansen nailed down the ninth.
St Louis ace Wainwright, who had won both of his two prior starts during these playoffs, pitched seven innings in the defeat.