LOS ANGELES -- John Forsythe, who returned from the disabled list with strikeouts in his first four at-bats, doubled home Enrique Hernandez with two outs in the bottom of the 13th inning Tuesday night as the Dodgers walked off with a 2-1 win over the Cardinals, after a classic pitchers' duel between Clayton Kershaw and Lance Lynn.
"Once it happens, after that fourth one, I was like, 'OK, well something needs to change,'" said Forsythe. "But that was even the case after the first one. I was like, 'All right, make an adjustment.' Sometimes it takes a little bit or a couple more at bats to find it. Luckily, I was able to get the barrel and make a play."
Hernandez was walked with two outs by former Dodgers closer Jonathan Broxton. Forsythe lined a 1-1 pitch into the right-field corner and it kicked past right fielder Stephen Piscotty as Hernandez scored from first.
"If there's a guy with the game on the line, I still trust him," manager Dave Roberts said of Forsythe, who missed 30 games with a broken toe and tight hamstring. "It takes a lot of mental strength to strike out four times, take a walk, and then come up with the game on the line and get a hit. Kiké's at-bat shouldn't go unnoticed. He's played good baseball for us."
The Dodgers improved to 17-7 at home, second-best record in the National League, despite striking out a season-high 19 times, the second-most in franchise history. The Dodgers have won five of their last six and St. Louis has lost five of its last six.
Kershaw struck out 10 without a walk, but lost his 16th career shutout with one out in the ninth when Randal Grichuk scored from second base on a wild pitch that catcher Yasmani Grandal couldn't locate. Grichuk had led off the inning with a single and took second on pinch-hitter Tommy Pham's grounder to shortstop.
"I saw it pretty well, a ball in the dirt. I knew I was going to get third," Grichuk said. "I saw that [Grandal] did a little twist and kind of threw up his arms like he didn't see it. I knew at that point that it would be tough for him to slide and catch it and make a good throw if I continued to run hard."
Lynn, in his ninth start since Tommy John surgery, threw 123 pitches in eight innings, striking out 10 with two walks. He struck out the Dodgers' first two batters before Grandal went deep to center field on a 3-2 pitch, his fifth home run of the year. Statcast™ projected the shot at 418 feet with an exit velocity of 105.1 mph. Chase Utley singled in the eighth for the other Dodgers hit.
"This one was pretty special," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said of the night's stellar pitching. "Once again, you knew when we headed into this, I figured it was going to be a well-pitched game on both sides. I thought our bullpen came in and did a great job, too. It was just going to be who got that big hit, and it was them."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Scary collision: Dodgers center fielder Joc Pederson had to leave the game with a neck strain after colliding with right fielder Yasiel Puig while running down Yadier Molina's long fly to right-center with two outs in the top of the 10th inning. Three innings earlier, Dodgers left fielder Cody Bellinger and Pederson got tangled on the warning track chasing Matt Carpenter's high fly, but Bellinger held on for the catch to keep Kershaw's shutout intact. It was Pederson's bobblehead night. More >
Bearing down: After Aledmys Diaz led off the sixth inning with a double to center field and Grichuk's groundout moved Diaz to third, Kershaw kept the shutout intact by striking out Lynn and William Fowler. Aside from Grichuk scoring the tying run in the ninth, this sixth-inning opportunity represented the only other time the Cardinals advanced a runner into scoring position all night.
"It's not all about strikeouts. It's about getting people out, not giving up runs. I gave up one more than I needed to tonight. " -- Lynn, on his first 10-strikeout performance in over two years
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Tuesday's game was the first since at least 1913 in which both teams allowed four or fewer hits while striking out 14 or more. It also marked just the third time in Major League history where both teams' pitchers allowed four or fewer hits in a game of at least 12 innings.
The Cardinals matched a franchise record by recording 19 strikeouts in the game. However, they became the first team in Major League history to strike out at least 19, allow three or fewer hits and lose.
Kershaw has struck out at least 10 batters in 53 starts and the Dodgers are 42-11 in them.
UPON FURTHER REVIEW
The Cardinals used their challenge in the fifth inning while unsuccessfully trying to overturn the final out of the frame. Jhonny Peralta was called out at first base after shortstop Corey Seager made a diving stop and throw across to first. The on-field call was confirmed after a 61-second review.
Cardinals:Mike Leake will start for the Cardinals on Wednesday in the second game of a three-game series at Dodger Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 9:10 pm CT. Leake, who has a 2.03 ERA through eight starts, is the only NL pitcher to have posted a quality start every time out this season.
Dodgers:Rich Hill will make his second start since coming off the disabled list and first in eight days in Wednesday night's 7:10 p.m. PT middle game of the series. He said he had no issue with his finger blister in the return start against San Francisco, when he allowed one run in five innings.
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