Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu celebrates after getting the last out to end the seventh inning of Game 3 of the National League baseball
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu celebrates after getting the last out to end the seventh inning of Game 3 of the National League baseball championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals, Monday, Oct. 14, 2013, in Los Angeles. (David J. Phillip/Associated Press)

Led by two precocious rookies, the Los Angeles Dodgers got themselves right back into the N.L. Championship Series on Monday.

Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched seven innings of three-hit ball and Yasiel Puig tripled home a run to help the Dodgers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-0 in Game 3.

Adrian Gonzalez's RBI double ended a 1-for-17 drought for the Dodgers with runners in scoring position, and an ailing Hanley Ramirez added a run-scoring hit as Los Angeles handed Adam Wainwright his first postseason loss and trimmed its deficit to 2-1 in the best-of-seven series.

Game 4 is Tuesday at Dodger Stadium, with Ricky Nolasco scheduled to start against St. Louis right-hander Lance Lynn.

"The playoffs are one-day momentum swings," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "Right now I feel like we've kind of grabbed it."

Los Angeles got Ramirez and center fielder Andre Ethier back in the lineup after both proved in batting practice they were ready. Ramirez wore a lightweight flak jacket to protect his broken left rib -- having been hit by a pitch in Game 1 -- while Ethier has been bothered by shin splints.

"What can I say? It couldn't be better," Ramirez said. "Really happy we got the first win. Just come back tomorrow and even up the series."

Ramirez singled his first time up off Wainwright and then helped the Dodgers extend their lead to 3-0 in the eighth. He hit a soft single off Seth Maness over the head of second baseman Kolten Wong to score Carl Crawford on a close play at the plate.

"We just had a lot of balls in the air tonight that hit the ground that normally don't," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "We're a better club than this."

Ryu, who struggled in his first postseason start in the N.L. Division Series against Atlanta, retired 12 of his first 13 batters, yielding only a walk.

The left-hander didn't permit a runner past second base. David Freese's single to right leading off the fifth was the Cardinals' first hit.

"I was potentially thinking about that this could be the last game I pitch here this season," the rookie said through a translator. "I just zoned in."

  • Freese was replaced by a pinch runner in the fifth inning because of tightness in his right calf. He is day to day.

    Tigers-Red Sox: The last time Justin Verlander took the mound, his team's season was on the line.

    The stakes won't be quite that high for his next start, but the Detroit Tigers could certainly use another brilliant performance from their star right-hander after blowing a chance to take control of the ALCS.

    The Tigers wasted a five-run lead Sunday in Game 2, allowing the Red Sox to even the series with a 6-5 victory.

    Verlander, who beat the A's in Game 5 of the Division Series, will try to steady the defending A.L. champion Tigers.

    "Obviously that was a tough one," Verlander said. "At the same time you know this series is going to be a dogfight. Nobody is going to walk over anybody."

    Umpire dies: Umpire Wally Bell, who worked the N.L. Division Series between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Cardinals this month, has died at 48 of an apparent heart attack in his home state of Ohio.

    A 21-year veteran, Bell worked the 2006 World Series and three All-Star games.

    Orioles: Third baseman Manny Machado underwent surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left knee. His recovery time is estimated to be around six months.

    Free agency: Major League Baseball and the players' association have determined that qualifying offers for eligible free agents will be $14.1 million, a raise of $800,000 from last year.

    A club has until 2 p.m. on the fifth day after the World Series to make a qualifying offer, and a player has until 2 p.m. on the seventh day after the World Series to accept it.

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