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Cardinals blow late lead, Dodgers win 4-3

Saturday, September 15, 2012 | 11:38 p.m. CDT; updated 11:47 p.m. CDT, Saturday, September 15, 2012
Los Angeles Dodgers' Matt Kemp, right, grabs Juan Rivera as they celebrate a walk-off hit by Rivera in the ninth inning against Cardinals on Saturday. The Dodgers won 4-3.

LOS ANGELES — Luis Cruz came up with his second clutch hit in two nights, a tying two-out RBI double in the ninth inning, and pinch-hitter Juan Rivera followed with a run-scoring single to lift the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday night.

Jason Motte (4-5) came in trying to protect a 3-2 lead for Jaime Garcia and retired his first two batters. But Andre Ethier kept the Dodgers alive with a single, and pinch-runner Dee Gordon stole second before Cruz drove him in with a drive that center fielder Jon Jay barely missed on a diving attempt in front of the warning track.

Rivera batted for A.J. Ellis and lined a single off the tip of second baseman Daniel Descalso's glove, enabling pinch-runner Elian Herrera to score the winning run.

 


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