Anderson tosses 6 scoreless, Dodgers top Cardinals 4-0

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ST. LOUIS – Tyler Anderson pitched six shutout innings, Gavin Lux hit a two-run homer and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-0.

Anderson (10-1) scattered three hits, struck out four and walked two while needing just 88 pitches to get through six innings. It was the first career victory against St. Louis for Anderson, who entered 0-2 with a 7.90 ERA in three previous starts, all as a member of the Colorado Rockies.

“He did a really good job,” Dodgers catcher Will Smith said of Anderson. “He’s mixing really well with his pitches. Also, you know, his timing, his delivery. He just executed pitches.”

It was Anderson’s first appearance against the Cardinals since 2018. He said those previous numbers were a bit skewed.

“It’s a different lineup over there, too,” Anderson said. “It’s just one of those things that, you know no matter what it is, you’ve got to out there, throw strikes, you know, execute your game plan.”

Yency Almonte, Evan Phillips and Craig Kimbrel each pitched an inning of scoreless relief to finish the combined five-hitter.

The Dodgers won for the 13th time in their last 15 games. They improved to 9 1/2 games ahead of San Diego for first place in the National League West after being tied with the Padres on June 22.

Freddie Freeman singled in the first and doubled in the fourth to continue his torrid hitting streak. He has 14 hits in his last 17 at-bats and has reached base 17 times in his last 20 plate appearances.

“It just feels like I’m recognizing strikes and I’m hitting the strikes,” Freeman said. “I’m not fouling really any pitches off. When I swing, I hit it, and I’m swinging at good pitches right now.”

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Freeman is as good a player that hasn’t made the All-Star Game that he can imagine.

“Just the ball looks like a melon up there (for him),” Roberts said. “He’s just seeing it so well, really, left-handed or right-handed. He’s taken some tough pitches and it seems like everything he swings at is center cut.”

Justin Turner singled home Freeman to break a scoreless tie in the fourth and Smith’s two-out double scored Trea Turner to make it 2-0 in the sixth. It was the first time in five games the Dodgers scored first.

Lux drove a 90.4 mph sinker 402 feet over the right field wall in the seventh. It was his fourth home run of the season and chased Cardinals starter Dakota Hudson from the game.

St. Louis has lost eight of its last 12 games.

Hudson (6-6) gave up four runs in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out three, walked one and hit three batters.

“He did do a nice job, the combination of the four-seam and the slider played,” Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol said. “We’re seeing him use it a little different, that slider has a little bit more depth to it, he’s getting outs with it, which allows that four-seam to play a little better. So, battled through a little bit of inconsistent command, but still gave us a shot there.”

Dylan Carlson had a pair of hits and reached three times for the Cardinals.

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The Cardinals activated OF Tyler O'Neill, who had missed 23 games due to a left hamstring strain and a right hand injury, and optioned OF Lars Nootbaar to Triple-A Memphis. O’Neill batted sixth and went 0 for 4.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Dodgers: Placed RHP Brusdar Graterol (right shoulder inflammation) on the 15-day injured list retroactive to July 11 and recalled RHP Reyes Moronta from Triple-A Oklahoma City. Graterol, who will undergo an MRI when the team returns to Los Angeles on Friday, said he felt pressure in his throwing shoulder while throwing before Wednesday’s game.

Cardinals: INF Brendan Donovan (illness) returned to the lineup and batted eighth, going 0 for 2 with a walk, after being held out of the starting lineup the past five games. He did pinch hit in Wednesday’s game.

UP NEXT

Dodgers: LHP Clayton Kershaw (6-2, 2.40 ERA) will kick off a two-game series against the Los Angeles Angels and LHP Patrick Sandoval (3-4, 2.95 ERA) on Friday night. Kershaw was selected to his ninth All-Star Game last Sunday.

Cardinals: RHP Andre Pallante (2-4, 3.18 ERA) starts the first of a three-game series against Cincinnati, who counters with RHP Hunter Greene (3-1, 5.70 ERA), on Friday night. Pallante is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in two appearances against the Reds this season.

Brian Cashman signs 4-year contract to remain Yankees GM

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SAN DIEGO — Brian Cashman has signed a four-year contract to remain the New York Yankees Senior Vice President and General Manager. The announcement was made during the first day of baseball’s Winter Meetings.

Cashman, New York’s GM since 1998, had been working on a handshake agreement since early November, when his five-year contract expired.

The Yankees were swept by four games in the AL Championship Series and haven’t reached the World Series since winning in 2009. It is the franchise’s longest title drought since an 18-year gap between 1978-96.

Cashman’s main goal during the offseason is trying to re-sign AL MVP Aaron Judge.

Judge hit an American League-record 62 homers this season with a .311 batting average and 131 RBIs. He turned down the Yankees’ offer on the eve of opening day of a seven-year contract that would have paid $213.5 million from 2023-29.

While Judge remains on the market, Cashman was able to re-sign Anthony Rizzo on Nov. 15 to a two-year contract worth $40 million after turning down a $16 million player option.

Cashman has been the Yankees general manager since 1998. He has been with the organization since 1986, when he was a 19-year old intern in the scouting department. In his 25 seasons as GM, the Yankees have reached the postseason 21 times, including four World Series championships and six American League titles.