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Carlos Martinez tossed a gem and Dexter Fowler blasted a go-ahead solo homer in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Cardinals ended the Dodgers’ six-game win streak with a 2-1 victory Wednesday night at Busch Stadium.
Martinez allowed just one run on four hits with nine strikeouts over eight innings to earn his fourth win of the season and lower his May ERA to 2.03.
When he steps on the mound, the other team knows it’s going to have its hands full, manager Mike Matheny told reporters after the game about Martinez, who owns a 3.03 ERA since the beginning of the 2015 season.
Fowler’s estimated 429-foot game-winning shot to right-center field came off Ross Stripling, who picked up the loss for the Dodgers. Starter Hyun-Jin Ryu was solid in his first start since May 11, allowing one run on three hits in six innings.
Seung Hwan Oh pitched a scoreless ninth as the Red Birds won for just the four time in their last 14 games.
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