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Fowler’s homer lifts Cardinals to 2-1 win over Dodgers

St. Louis Cardinals Dexter Fowler smiles to first base umpire Hunter Wendelstedt as he stands on first base in the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on April 7, 2017. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Dexter Fowler hit tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning to back Carlos Martinez and give the St. Louis Cardinals a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers Wednesday night.

Martinez (4-4) allowed one run on four hits while striking out nine as he pitched into the eighth ining for his third consecutive start to help St. Louis snap a three-game losing streak.

Ross Stripling (0-3) lost for the first time since April 26 as he surrendered Fowler’s seventh home run of the season, a 429-foot shot to right-center field. The Dodgers saw their six-game winning streak end.

Seung-Hwan Oh pitched a scoreless ninth for his 12th save in 14 opportunities this season.

Hyun-Jin Ryu returned to the rotation in place of Alex Wood after earning the save last Wednesday, May 24 versus St. Louis in his first career relief appearance. Ryu allowed one run on three hits in six innings in his first start since May 11 at Colorado.