Ozuna, Martinez power Cardinals past Dodgers

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ST. LOUIS, MO - APRIL 8: Marcell Ozuna #23 of the St. Louis Cardinals rounds first base after hitting a two-run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers first inning at Busch Stadium on April 8, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

ST. LOUIS, MO Marcell Ozuna homered to back a solid start by Miles Mikolas, and the St. Louis Cardinals rallied for a 4-3 victory over the Dodgers on Monday night, ending Los Angeles’ five-game winning streak.

Mikolas (1-1) allowed three runs on five hits in six innings, working around three hit batters in the first five innings. He had never hit more than one batter in a game and now has 17 in his career.

For the Dodgers, the loss could be painful because of another groin injury to starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu, who left with two outs in the second inning.

St. Louis rallied with two runs in the seventh. Jose Martinez singled off Joe Kelly (1-2) to drive in Matt Carpenter, who had singled off Scott Alexander. Paul Goldschmidt later scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch by Kelly.

With the Cardinals trailing 3-2, Mikolas got out of a jam in the sixth when Russell Martin hit a flyball to short center. Harrison Bader raced in to make the catch and threw home. Kike Hernandez, who had homered, was around third base, and catcher Yadier Molina threw to second to complete the double play.

John Gant worked two scoreless innings in relief and Jordan Hicks pitched the ninth for his second save. Ozuna homered off Ryu in the first to tie the game at 2. Los Angeles had taken the lead on a fielder’s choice and a double by A.J. Pollack.

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Here's the post game reaction from the Cardinals locker room after their 4-3 victory, that gets them to 5-5 on the young season.

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