In a pitchers’ duel at Busch Stadium Friday night, the Dodgers’ Walker Bueher got the better of the Cardinals’ Jack Flaherty.
But not by much.
Buehler, a rookie like Flaherty, threw eight shutout innings, allowing just two hits and a pair of eighth-inning walks while striking out a career-high nine as the visiting Dodgers beat the Cardinals, 3-0, before a sellout crowd of 46,036 to pull into a tie for the second NL wild-card spot.
The four-game series continues with games Saturday at 12:05 p.m. and Sunday at 7:05 p.m.
Flaherty (8-7) pitched six solid innings in a tough-luck loss. He allowed one run on four hits and two walks while striking out eight. Unfortunately, one of those hits was a solo home run from Yasiel Puig with one out in the second inning.
The Dodgers took a 1-0 lead with one out in the second when Puig fouled off several 3-2 pitches before shooting a line shot into the stands in left-center for his 17th homer of the season.
WHITE SOX 8, ORIOLES 6: James Shields picked up his first road victory since opening day and the Chicago White Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles.
Ryan Cordell earned his first career hit with a homer in the eighth that provided a key insurance run. Omar Narvaez and Avisail Garcia also homered for the White Sox, who won for just the second time in nine games.
Shields (7-16) leads the majors in losses but was sharp against Baltimore. He allowed two runs and four hits with five strikeouts and one walk over six innings. Shields had gone winless in his 12 previous road appearances.
Chicago left-hander Aaron Bummer started the seventh and loaded the bases. Ian Hamilton entered with one out and allowed a two-run single to pinch-hitter Corban Joseph that pulled Baltimore to within 7-4. A fielding error by second baseman Yoan Moncada let another run to score before Adam Jones hit a sacrifice fly.
Jace Fry contained the Orioles with a scoreless eighth, setting up Nate Jones to pick up his fifth save.
Luis Ortiz (0-1), obtained in the Jonathan Schoop trade with Milwaukee on July 31, made his first major league start for Baltimore and threw 1⅔ innings before leaving with an apparent leg injury. He allowed three runs (one earned) and four hits with a walk.
Trey Mancini hit a pair of homers for the Orioles and has 23 on the season.
Chicago got on the board in the first on a two-out, RBI single by Daniel Palka.
A triple by Nicky Delmonico and an infield single by Moncada increased the lead to 3-0 and Ortiz left a batter later. Moncada finished with three hits.
Mancini hit a solo shot in the second off Shields, who has allowed 31 homers on the season, second in the majors behind the Orioles' Dylan Bundy.
Narvaez answered in third with a two-run shot off Jimmy Yacabonis. Mancini hit another solo homer in the fourth that pulled Baltimore to within 5-2.
Yacabonis allowed a two-run shot to Garcia in the fifth and exited two batters later.