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

LOS ANGELES — Paul Goldschmidt gave the go-ahead run in the 10th inning with a groundout after Mookie Betts homered again to help Los Angeles tie the game in the ninth, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Dodgers 6-5 Saturday night after Shohei Ohtani appeared with the bases loaded for the final out.

The Cardinals turned a hit, catcher’s interference and a groundout into a five-run seventh inning and led 5-3 in the ninth.

The Dodgers tied against Ryan Helsley (1-0) on a one-out homer from Betts and a tying single from Max Muncy with two outs. Betts has homered in four straight games.

Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a pop-up against relief pitcher Giovanny Gallegos #65 of the St. Louis Cardinals with the bases loaded during the 10th inning at Dodger Stadium Saturday night. Getty Images

Right-hander Yoshinobu Yamamoto went five scoreless innings for Los Angeles in his home debut, pitching on both sides of what was considered the first rain delay at Dodger Stadium since April 2017.

He bounced back from his dismal MLB debut on March 21, when he allowed five runs in a single inning against the San Diego Padres in Seoul, South Korea.

“Compared to the last one, I think I got my stuff back,” Yamamoto said through an interpreter. “Now I have to keep doing it, so I’m looking forward to the next one.”

Right-hander Lance Lynn pitched four scoreless innings in his first outing for St. Louis since 2017, then was pulled after a 35-minute rain delay.

Lynn put the first three Dodgers he faced on base before getting out of trouble to keep the game close early.

“I loaded the bases, you know, and waited to see if the old dog still had it,” Lynn, 36, said of his first inning. “He always does it, so everything went well. Overall, my stuff felt good. At the first start, we missed a little here and there and I was able to correct and not give up a big race.

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

Helsley allowed two runs on four hits in the ninth before Giovanny Gallegos threw the 10th for his first save, forcing Ohtani to move to shortstop on his final pitch.

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

Will Smith had a pair of RBI singles and Freddie Freeman added an RBI single for the Dodgers.

The game was scoreless when the delay began at the bottom of the fourth inning. Yamamoto came back with another scoreless inning before the Dodgers took a 2-0 lead on back-to-back RBI hits from Freeman and Smith.

The Cardinals went to work in the seventh, loading the bases on Nolan Gorman’s walk, while Nolan Arenado was hit by a pitch and Matt Carpenter loaded the bases on Smith’s catcher’s interference.

After Carpenter scored the go-ahead run after Joe Kelly grounded out with Victor Scott II at the plate, Brendan Donovan hit a two-run double to right for a 5-2 lead.

Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts as he makes the final out of the team’s 6-5, 10-inning loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday. P.A.

“We solved everything in one round. It was a weird inning,” Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol said. “I’m glad it went that way. The guys kept fighting. Especially in this environment, you take on this group and then you give up in the ninth it’s difficult. To continue to fight like we did, it was great.

Cardinals shortstop Brandon Crawford was playing his 86th game at Dodger Stadium, 85 of them as a member of the San Francisco Giants, and said he couldn’t remember a game where it rained.

“The weather was much more like San Francisco than Los Angeles,” Crawford said. “I don’t know how many times I’ve seen it rain here and then the cold breeze, it was definitely different for Dodger Stadium.”

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