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Dodgers End Drought to Beat Cards 3-0 in NL Championship Series

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Los Angeles Dodgers' Hyun-Jin Ryu
Hyun-Jin Ryu #99 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches in the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game Three of the National League Championship Series at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Oct. 14, 2013. Photographer: David J. Phillip/Pool/Getty Images

Oct. 15 (Bloomberg) -- The Dodgers finally scored a run and Hyun-Jin Ryu held the Cardinals scoreless for seven innings as Los Angeles won 3-0 to pull within two games to one of St. Louis in the National League Championship Series.

The Dodgers, playing at home for the first time in the best-of-seven Major League Baseball playoff series, broke out of a 22-inning scoreless streak that included a 1-0 defeat two days earlier in St. Louis. Los Angeles also didn’t score in the final 10 innings of a 13-inning loss in the series opener.

Game 4 is set for tonight at Dodger Stadium, with the following game also in Los Angeles. If necessary, the series then would return to St. Louis.

“All I was thinking about was the fact that we were down 2-0, and I told myself this could potentially be the last start I pitched here this year,” Ryu, who allowed three hits, told reporters through an interpreter.

In the American League Championship Series, Detroit hosts the next three games with its best-of-seven matchup tied 1-1 against the Boston Red Sox. Game 3 is this afternoon at Comerica Park.

The Dodgers broke a scoreless tie with two runs in the fourth inning on doubles by Mark Ellis and Adrian Gonzalez, and a triple by Yasiel Puig, who had gone hitless in 11 previous at-bats in the series and had struck out five straight times. Adam Wainwright allowed two runs over seven innings to suffer his first loss in seven postseason starts.

The runs ended that 22-inning scoreless streak for the Dodgers, who had been shut out by Cardinals pitchers since the third inning of the series’ opening game three days earlier.

Los Angeles extended its lead in the eighth inning on a run-scoring bloop single by Hanley Ramirez.

The Cardinals only had one runner reach second base last night and are hitting .134 (13-for-97) in the NLCS.

“We got the first win, we come back tomorrow and even up the series,” Ramirez said in a televised interview.

To contact the reporter on this story: Rob Gloster in San Francisco at rgloster@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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