Tyler Anderson pitched six shutout innings, Gavin Lux hit a two-run homer and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-0 on Thursday night.
Anderson (10-1) scattered three hits, struck out four and walked two while needing just 88 pitches to get through six innings. It was the first career victory against St. Louis for Anderson, who entered 0-2 with a 7.90 ERA in three previous starts, all as a member of the Colorado Rockies.
Yency Almonte, Evan Phillips and Craig Kimbrel each pitched an inning of scoreless relief to finish the combined five-hitter.
The Dodgers won for the 13th time in their last 15 games. They improved to 9½ games ahead of San Diego for first place in the National League West after being tied with the Padres on June 22.
Freddie Freeman singled in the first and doubled in the fourth to continue his torrid hitting streak. He has 14 hits in his last 17 at-bats and has reached base 17 times in his last 20 plate appearances.
Justin Turner singled home Freeman to break a scoreless tie in the fourth and Will Smith’s two-out double scored Trea Turner to make it 2-0 in the sixth. It was the first time in five games the Dodgers scored first.
Lux drove a 90.4 mph sinker 402 feet over the right field wall in the seventh. It was his fourth home run of the season and chased Cardinals starter Dakota Hudson from the game.
St. Louis has lost eight of its last 12 games.
Hudson (6-6) gave up four runs in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out three, walked one and hit three batters.
Dylan Carlson had a pair of hits and reached three times for the Cardinals.
The Cardinals activated OF Tyler O’Neill, who had missed 23 games due to a left hamstring strain and a right hand injury, and optioned OF Lars Nootbaar to Triple-A Memphis. O’Neill batted sixth and went 0 for 4.
Dodgers: Placed RHP Brusdar Graterol (right shoulder inflammation) on the 15-day injured list retroactive to July 11 and recalled RHP Reyes Moronta from Triple-A Oklahoma City. Graterol, who will undergo an MRI when the team returns to Los Angeles on Friday, said he felt pressure in his throwing shoulder while throwing before Wednesday’s game.
Cardinals: INF Brendan Donovan (illness) returned to the lineup and batted eighth, going 0 for 2 with a walk, after being held out of the starting lineup the past five games. He did pinch hit in Wednesday’s game.
Dodgers: LHP Clayton Kershaw (6-2, 2.40 ERA) will kick off a two-game series against the Los Angeles Angels and LHP Patrick Sandoval (3-4, 2.95 ERA) on Friday night. Kershaw was selected to his ninth All-Star Game last Sunday.
Cardinals: RHP Andre Pallante (2-4, 3.18 ERA) starts the first of a three-game series against Cincinnati, who counters with RHP Hunter Greene (3-1, 5.70 ERA), on Friday night. Pallante is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in two appearances against the Reds this season.