Yasiel Puig drove in the go-ahead run against the Cardinals in his return to action Saturday

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Yasiel Puig struck out in his first two plate appearances Saturday night against Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia, but the just-activated 24-year-old got it very right the third time around …

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Puig hadn’t appeared in a game for the Dodgers since April 24 because of a lingering left hamstring strain. Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw made that go-ahead run stick with eight innings of shutout ball and Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen returned from a bout with dehydration to pick up a seamless three-out save. Los Angeles will try to split this big four-game series with St. Louis on Sunday night behind Zack Greinke.

Puig said this winter that he views the Cardinals — not the Giants — as the Dodgers’ principal rival.