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Dodgers cut into Cardinals' lead in NLCS

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By Jack Magruder, Reuters

LOS ANGELES — Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched seven scoreless innings, and the Los Angeles Dodgers broke a 22-inning scoring drought to get back into the National League Championship Series with a 3-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday at Dodger Stadium.

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The Cardinals still lead the best-of-seven series two games to one.

Ryu, a rookie left-hander, gave up three singles and a walk while striking out four to become the first South Korean-born pitcher to win a postseason game in major league history.

The Dodgers provided the only offense Ryu needed in the fourth inning, a two-run rally that began when St. Louis center fielder Jon Jay failed to catch Mark Ellis’ leadoff fly ball to right-center field.

Ellis was credited with a double, and after taking third base on a fly out by Hanley Ramirez, he scored on a double over first base by Adrian Gonzalez. Yasiel Puig hit a two-out triple off the right field fence to put Los Angeles ahead 2-0.

The Dodgers scored for the first time since Juan Uribe’s two-run single in the third inning of Game 1, which the Cardinals won 3-2 in 13 innings Friday. Michael Wacha and four St. Louis relievers shut out the Dodgers 1-0 in Game 2 on Saturday.

Ramirez, who had two hits while playing with a hairline fracture in his left ribcage, singled home Carl Crawford with the final run in the eighth inning.

Kenley Jansen pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning for the save.

St. Louis had two runners on base in only one inning, the fifth, after David Freese and Matt Adams opened the inning with singles, the Cardinals’ first two hits.

Freese came out due to right calf tightness, and pinch runner Daniel Descalso misread Jay’s fly ball to short left field and was easily doubled off second by Crawford. Ryu got a groundout to end the inning.

St. Louis right-hander Adam Wainwright suffered his first loss in five career postseason decisions. Wainwright allowed two runs on six hits in seven innings. The Cardinals right-hander won Games 1 and 5 of the NLDS against Pittsburgh, giving up two runs in 16 innings.

Puig collected his first two hits of the series.

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