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  • 13 July 2019
    ST. LOUIS -- The Los Angeles Dodgers gave St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Mike Mayers one of the worst major league debuts ever.Adrian Gonzalez hit a grand slam and Howie Kendrick added a two-run homer while the Dodgers exploded for nine runs in the first two innings off Mayers and held on for a 9-6 win over the Cardinals on a hot, muggy Sunday night.Mayers lasted 1 1/3 innings and became the first pitcher to allow nine or more runs with fewer than two innings pitched in his debut since at least 1913.Sometimes, it can be more difficult when you have a young kid out there you dont know anything about, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. So for us to get on him earlier and the home run early there by Adrian was big. To see that power surge come was a big boost for us. To tack on another three in the next inning was big for us.Then we basically held on.Scott Kazmir (9-3) pitched five innings to earn the victory. He allowed three runs on six hits.Those first two innings were a battle, Kazmir said. I didnt have a feel for my breaking ball at all. I didnt have a grip. I was about to get some outs. It was tough out there. I was drenched coming out of the bullpen.After a rainout earlier in the week forced a doubleheader, the Cardinals decided not to start Carlos Martinez on short rest and called up Mayers, 24, from Triple-A Memphis for a spot start. St. Louis was the last team in the majors to use a pitcher not in their starting five this season.Mayers threw 62 pitches and gave up nine runs on eight hits, including two home runs, with about 35 family members and friends on hand. His ERA is 60.75.I thought I did a pretty good job with the first two batters and then it felt like it snowballed on me, Mayers said. I felt like that was the probably the hardest part, just slow the game down. I definitely need to do a much better job of that.St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said he felt for his starting rookie.He was amped up for sure. Every kid thats picked up a baseball, thats their dream to be in that kind of situation and I thought he had pretty good composure overall, Mayers said. I thought he was in the zone a good bit but he was so amped up maybe he was overthrowing his off-speed pitches a little where he couldnt put guys away.Kenley Jansen got his 29th save in 34 opportunities with a spotless ninth.The Dodgers scored six runs in a 45-pitch first inning.Mayers loaded the bases on two singles and a walk. Gonzalez crushed a fastball 427 feet to center for his fifth career grand slam and first since Aug. 26, 2010. After a double by Kendrick, Mayers struck out Yasmani Grandal and got a nice ovation from the crowd. With two outs, Joc Pederson walked and stole second. Kazmir singled up the middle for the final two runs and his first RBI of the year.Matt Holliday doubled home a run in the first. It was the first run scored in the first inning by St. Louis since July 3.After Los Angeles chased Mayers in the second with three more runs, Tommy Pham cut the Dodgers advantage to 9-3 with a two-run homer in the bottom of the inning.Four St. Louis relievers combined for 7 2/3 scoreless innings.In the seventh, Los Angeles failed to score despite four walks.Dodgers reliever Adam Liberatore allowed three runs in the seventh inning. It was the first runs hes allowed since May 20 -- a span that covers 29 games. He had pitched scoreless relief in 41 of his previous 42 games this year.HOT HOT HOTThe temperature at the start of the game was 96 degrees.TRANSACTIONSDodgers: Los Angeles called up RHP Ross Stripling from Triple-A Oklahoma City and optioned LHP Grant Dayton, who threw two scoreless innings in his debut on Friday night. The Dodgers needed a fresh arm after using 17 pitchers in the previous two games.Cardinals: To make room on the teams 25-man roster for Mayers, St. Louis optioned RHP Miguel Socolovich to Memphis following Saturdays game. Socolovich made two relief appearances while in St. Louis.TRAINERS ROOMDodgers: RF Yasiel Puig (right hamstring) did not start for the third straight game.Cardinals: INF Matt Carpenter is expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment this week. Carpenter, sidelined since July 6 with a strained right oblique, took swings in the outdoor batting cage and ran the bases Sunday.UP NEXTDodgers: On Tuesday, Bud Norris (5-9, 4.56) will square off against Tampa Bays Chris Archer (5-13, 4.60). Norris last start was July 20, but he pitched 1 1/3 innings in relief during Fridays 16-inning game against St. Louis and took the loss.Cardinals: Martinez (9-6, 2.83) faces the New York Mets Noah Syndergaard (9-4, 2.43). Martinez logged seven innings in a 4-2 win over San Diego in his last start despite suffering a bloody nose. Kirk Cousins Jersey Cheap . Pence singled in the winning run with no outs in the ninth inning to give the Giants a 7-6 victory over the San Diego Padres on Sunday. Cheap Vikings Jerseys China . Denis Coderre, the former federal MP who was elected mayor on Nov. 3, has drawn the ire of some Montreal Canadiens. During last nights game he tweeted: "Hello? Can we get a one-way ticket to (minor-league) Hamilton for David Desharnais please. . Newcastle dominated in the early stages but City weathered the storm and then raised its game in extra time. Negredo broke the deadlock from close range after a simple move in the 99th minute before Dzeko took the ball round goalkeeper Tim Krul to seal the victory in the 105th. Adam Thielen Jersey Sales .C. -- Charlotte Bobcats coach Steve Clifford said after all of these years in the NBA hes still amazed at some of the things LeBron James does. Authentic Adrian Peterson Vikings Jersey .R. Smith realized how easily basketball can be taken from him, and he wasnt going to take his place in the NBA for granted anymore. CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Replay officials both on-site and in the Atlantic Coast Conferences office were not shown an angle that likely would have overturned a North Carolina touchdown in last weekends game against Miami.The first-quarter touchdown catch by North Carolinas Austin Proehl gave the Tar Heels a 10-0 lead, on the way to what became a 20-13 victory.The feed that proved that that should not have been a touchdown wasnt given to the league office, Miami coach Mark Richt told The Associated Press on Tuesday.An ACC spokesman confirmed that replay officials were not shown the angle that would have provided a view of the ball bouncing off Proehls chest. The angle was shown on the ESPN broadcast when the first quarter ended, long after the review was completed.Richt asked the ACC for clarity about the call, after the Hurricanes thought replays suggested that Proehl was stull juggling the ball when he was hit by Miami linebacker Shaquille Quarterman and stepped out of the back of the end zone. Proehl came down with the ball but was out of bounds.Quarterman said Tuesday that he saw Proehl juggle the ball.Yes sir, I did, I did, Quarterman said. I saw it get juggled the first time and I didnt think his foot was in, so when the ref said his foot was in ... Im just a player. I had nothing to do with the refs calls and things like that.Proehls catch was immediately signaled a touchdown by back judge Pat Ryan. It was reviewed, as is customary, though replays shown on the broadcast suggested the only question about the play was whether Proehl managed to keep a foot inbounds when the ball arrived -- which he clearly did.None of the replays shown immediately after the score showed the ball bouncinng off Proehls chest, though one -- from the back -- did indicate that the ball was moving.ddddddddddddIts a shame that the feed that was available wasnt made available, Richt said.It was the second straight week that a debated touchdown decision in a close game did not go Miamis way. Running back Mark Walton had a touchdown called back against Florida State two weeks ago on a holding call well away from the play, in what finished as a 20-19 Miami loss.Its the game of football, Walton said. Things happen like that. Bad calls, good calls, youve just got to move on.Miami (4-2, 1-2) plays at Virginia Tech (4-2, 2-1) on Thursday night in a critical ACC Coastal game for both teams.Its impossible to say how the Miami-North Carolina game would have changed if Proehls touchdown didnt count. North Carolina likely would have tried what would have been a high-percentage 22-yard field goal if the short third-down pass was deemed incomplete, and the Tar Heels had another excellent chance for points when they ran out the clock deep in Miami territory to end the game.Walton was at the center of a hotly debated play last season where Miami used an eight-lateral kickoff return as time expired to beat Duke, a play that led to the ACC suspending officials for two games for botching calls on the field and during the review process.The ACC now uses a collaborative replay system, meaning the replay official at each stadium gets assistance from those watching in the league office in Greensboro, North Carolina.---Online:The APs college football website: Cheap Jerseys China NFL Jerseys Cheap NBA Jerseys Wholesale NHL Jerseys Wholesale MLB Jerseys Cheap Soccer Jerseys China Wholesale NCAA Jerseys Wholesale Football Jerseys Wholesale Basketball Jerseys Wholesale Baseball Jerseys ' ' '