Dodgers move away from West Section lead

The Los Angeles Dodgers lost by a score of 2 to 1 to the Cardinals on Thursday afternoon in St. Louis, fueling discussions in the race for the Western Division title in the National. .

Champions of the last eight seasons in this section, the Dodgers (88-53) actually find themselves two and a half games ahead of the surprising San Francisco Giants (90-50).

At the heart of a streak of 13 consecutive days with a game on the calendar, the Dodgers and their manager Dave Roberts are trying to manage the situation. However, leaving Corey Seager, Will Smith and Chris Taylor on the sidelines on Thursday, the Los Angeles club, despite obvious depth, was limited to just four hits against the Cards.

Trea Turner produced the only point for the Dodgers in the third inning, pushing his teammate Mookie Betts home with a single.

It was a solo homerun by Tyler O’Neill, in the bottom of the fifth, that made the difference in this part while Andrew Kinzner had allowed the Cardinals to enter the scoring earlier in the game.

At the mound, St. Louis was well served by starter Jake Woodford, who gave up a run in four innings. The reliever Alex Reyes (6-8), credited with the victory, allowed only one hit in two innings while TJ McFarland, Luis Garcia and Giovanny Gallegos completed the job.

Cards still alive

For the Cards (71-68), Thursday’s victory places the team three games away from qualifying for the playoffs through the two teams drafted in the National. The Dodgers are easily found at the top of this ranking, ahead of the San Diego Padres (74-65).

Beginning Friday, the Dodgers and Padres meet in a three-game series in Los Angeles. For their part, the Giants, who were off Thursday, have an appointment with the Chicago Cubs, from Friday to Sunday. Major League Baseball’s regular season, including the playoff race, will continue until October 3.

The New York Mets (70-71) no longer have much room for error if they want to hope to rank among the teams drafted in the National. Their visit to the weak Miami Marlins (59-82) was not very successful, however, they who dropped flag 3 to 2 Thursday night.

The Marlins scored one run in innings six to eight. Jazz Chisholm Jr. gave his team an impressive victory by hitting the long ball in the bottom of the eighth. The second baseman also produced a run earlier when he was put out on a ground.

In the loss, Javier Baez hit his 29th homerun of the season. His Mets are now five games behind the Padres, in last place among drafted teams.

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