"We needed every run we got," Kozma said.
On Sunday that was enough for the Cardinals.
"That's a good, professional hitting team over there that battles," Dodgers catcher Ellis said. "They were grinding, putting good swings on."
Notes: Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, whose been scuffling all year, was visibly upset Saturday when he was removed in a double-switch in the top of the seventh inning against the Cardinals, yelling in the dugout in the direction of manager Don Mattingly. Kemp said afterward he wasn't upset with Mattingly, just frustrated in how he's struggling. "I was just frustrated. It had been a bad day for me. I didn't do much to help the team win," Kemp said. "It is what it is, it's over with now." Mattingly said lifting Kemp had nothing to do with his play but rather out of need to enable reliever Kenley Jansen to pitch two innings if need be. "It was the right move," Mattingly said. "This has nothing to do with Matt struggling. It was a baseball move. I don't like doing it, but I was at the point with the 'pen where I knew I needed to get one-plus (innings) out of Kenley." ... Cardinals pitcher John Gast was put on the disabled list Sunday, one day after leaving his start against the Dodgers after just one inning. Gast pitched to six hitters before leaving due to left shoulder tightness. Gast felt discomfort warming up in the bullpen and it didn't get any better when he took the mound. His velocity was down and his command was shaky. "It just wasn't getting real loose in the bullpen," Gast said. "And then it got worse out there on the mound. ... Michael Blazek was recalled Sunday from Double-A Springfield to replace Gast. Blazek, 24, will make his major-league debut with his first appearance. Drafted in the 35th round of the 2007 draft out of Arbor View High School in Las Vegas, the 6-foot, 200-pounder has appeared in 17 games this year for Springfield, allowing just two earned runs on 11 hits in 19.2 innings for a 0.92 ERA while striking out 25.
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