Nolasco retired the Cardinals quickly in order in the fourth. Good Nolasco, bad Nolasco, good Nolasco.
Cardinals 3, Dodgers O (end of third):
The Dodgers looked almost stunned to be down three runs.
Then went down in order and Hanley Ramirez, in his second at-bat, still appeared to be in considerable pain. He struck out on a pitch in the dirt.
A three-run lead feels huge in this series, and it's what the Cardinals built in the third. Feels like 30-0.
Daniel Descalso led off the inning with a single and Lancy Lynn's bunt sacrificed him to second. After Carlos Beltran bounced out sharply to second to move Descalso to third, Matt Carpenter doubled to left to score the game's first run.
Matt Holliday, dubbed the key to the Cardinals offense, then destroyed the first pitch he saw, sending it an estimated 426 feet out to left in the Dodgers bullpen for a two-run homer.
Unfortunately, that brought up Ricky Nolasco, who was quickly called out on strikes.
Nolasco continues to look very sharp.
No balls were hit to Hanley Ramirez to test his sore left side. Ramirez doesn't it feel the rib injury when he throws but when he reaches for a ball with his glove.
There was bad news for the Dodgers in the first, and it had little to do with Lance Lynn retiring them in order.
Shortstop Hanley Ramirez was in obvious pain swinging the bat. Twice he walked away after a swing like someone had just stabbed him in the side. That cracked rib looks like it's killing him.
He struck out and then slowly walked to his shortstop position. He's moving slowly, but still out there for now.