This time he issued a one-out walk to Yadier Molina. On a hit-and-run, Jon Jay's bat nipped the end of catcher A.J. Ellis' mitt. Ellis was called for catcher's interference, putting runners at first and second with no out.
Hanley Ramirez struck out on three pitches and never swung the bat. You have to wonder if he's in too much pain to wing anymore.
After coming out to take the field, he did take detour to talk to home plate umpire Bruce Dreckman, so presumably he was not happy about the calls.
Chris Withrow had a rough inning, but managed to get out of it.
He walked the pitcher, Lance Lynn, with one out. Always a no-no. After Matt Carpenter lined out to left, Withrow threw a wild pitch to advance Lynn to second and then balked him to third. Then he walked Carlos Beltran to bring up Matt Holliday.
Not an ideal situation, but this time Holliday bounced into a fielder's choice.
Things got interesting in the bottom of the fourth.
Adrian Gonzalez led off with double, and undeterred by St. Louis criticism from the previous game, did his little explosion gesture with gusto, and pointed into the Dodgers dugout.
Andre Ethier drew a full-count walk to bring up Yasiel Puig. Lance Lynn's first pitch was at his chin. Puig, the other Dodger the Cardinals were upset with Monday for being a tad too celebratory, gave Lynn a look but turned and walked away.
Lynn worked Puig to another full count before he hit a single past shortstop Daniel Descalso for a run-scoring single. At first, he pointed both hands to the sky.
In his four innings, Nolasco gave up three runs on three hits and a walk, with four strikeouts. Chris Withrow has taken over for the Dodgers to start the fifth.
Meanwhile, it was back to the Ricky Nolasco who looks crisp and ready to throw blanks.