Hyun-Jin Ryu outpitched Adam Wainwright by holding the Cardinals scoreless over seven innings with just hits, and Yasiel Puig broke out of his “0-fer” with an RBI triple that helped the Dodgers win Game 3 of the NLCS, 3-0 on Monday night. The Cardinals also displayed shoddy fielding and baserunning decisions, drawing L.A. back to within 2-1 in the series.
Jon Jay misplayed a couple balls in center field and Daniel Descalso ran into an out when the Cardinals had runners on first and second with nobody out. Descalso took off on a line drive to left and was easily doubled off. Jay was involved in an apparent miscommunication when the ball hit by Mark Ellis dropped between him and right fielder Carlos Beltran. The Dodgers’ first hit, a single by Ramirez to shallow center in the first, dropped between Jay and second baseman Matt Carpenter. He also had a triple bounce off his glove as he tried to make a running grab. That run did not score.
Adrian Gonzalez’s RBI double ended a 1-for-17 drought for the Dodgers with runners in scoring position. Hanley Ramirez, back in the lineup with broken ribs, added a run-scoring hit as L.A. handed Wainwright his first postseason loss.
Wainwright entered 4-0 with a 2.03 ERA and four saves in 15 career postseason games, including six starts. He went seven strong innings, allowing two runs and six hits with five strikeouts and no walks.
“I hate to lose,” Wainwright said. “I think you just have to tip your hat and move on.”
Game 4 is tonight in L.A.