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Shohei Ohtani flops in first big Dodgers moment in loss to Cardinals

LOS ANGELES — Paul Goldschmidt grounded out Mookie Betts’ home run for the go-ahead run in the 10th inning, Los Angeles tied it in the ninth, and the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Dodgers 6-5 on Saturday night. With the final out and bases loaded, Shohei Otani jumped out.

The Cardinals scored five runs in the seventh inning thanks to a hit by a batter, interference by the catcher, and a balk, and took a 5-3 lead in the ninth inning.

The Dodgers tied the game with Betts’ home run with one out and Max Muncy’s tying single with two outs against Ryan Helsley (1-0). Betts hit a home run in four consecutive games.

On Saturday night at Dodger Stadium, No. 17 Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Dodgers made a pop-up hit against St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Giovanny Gallegos, No. 65, with the bases loaded in the 10th inning. Getty Images

Right-hander Yoshinobu Yamamoto pitched on both sides and pitched in his home debut for Los Angeles, pitching five scoreless innings for Los Angeles in what appeared to be the first postponement due to rain at Dodger Stadium since April 2017.

He bounced back from a dismal MLB debut on March 21, when he gave up five runs in just one inning against the San Diego Padres in Seoul, South Korea.

Yamamoto said through an interpreter, “Compared to last time, I think I got back what I had.” “Right now I just have to keep going and I’m looking forward to what’s next.”

Right-hander Lance Lynn pitched four scoreless innings in his first appearance at St. Louis since 2017, but was sidelined due to a 35-minute rain delay.

Lin put the first three Dodgers he faced on base and then worked his way out of a tight spot to keep the game close early on.

“I loaded the bases and waited to see if the old dog still had it,” Lin, 36, said of his first inning. “He’s still doing that, so it was okay. Overall, mine felt good. In my first start, I had a little bit of a mistake here and there, but I was able to correct it and have a big inning.” I couldn’t give up.”

Dodgers right-hander Kyle Hart (0-1) allowed one run in 2/3 innings.

Helsley allowed two runs on four hits in the ninth inning, but Giovani Gallegos pitched in the 10th for his first save, and Ohtani flew out to shortstop in his final pitch.

St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Giovanny Gallegos #65 celebrates after forcing a pop-up against Los Angeles Dodgers #17 Shohei Ohtani with the bases loaded in the 10th inning on Saturday. Getty Images

For the Dodgers, Will Smith had two RBI singles and Freddie Freeman added an RBI single.

The game ended scoreless at the end of the fourth inning. Yamamoto returned with another scoreless run, and the Dodgers took a 2-0 lead with back-to-back RBIs from Freeman and Smith.

The Cardinals loaded the bases in the seventh inning with a walk by Nolan Gorman, Nolan Arenado was hit by a pitch, and Matt Carpenter loaded the bases due to catcher interference from Smith.

Victor Scott II came to the plate and Carpenter scored the go-ahead run after a balk from Joe Kelly, then Brendan Donovan hit a two-run double over right field for a 5-2 lead.

Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacted during his team’s 6-5 10th inning loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday. AP

“We put it all together in one inning. It was a weird inning,” Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol said. “I’m glad it went the way we wanted it to. The guys kept fighting. It’s tough to lose to that group and come back in the ninth inning, especially in this environment. We were able to keep fighting like we’ve been. That was wonderful.”

Cardinals shortstop Brandon Crawford, playing in his 86th game at Dodger Stadium (85 of which he played as a member of the San Francisco Giants), said he couldn’t remember a game in which it rained.

“The weather was definitely more like San Francisco than Los Angeles,” Crawford said. “I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen it rain here and then have a cold wind blow. It was definitely different at Dodger Stadium.”

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