Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Pederson took three straight balls, then took a called strike three. The next pitch was called a ball off the outside corner, bringing in Alberto Callaspo.Anderson took a 1-0 lead into the eighth inning, when the Cardinals scored on an infield single and a sacrifice fly to right field — an inglorious but effective way to win.In 7 2/3 innings, Anderson allowed just four hits and two runs. He walked three batters and struck out five.Clayton Kershaw will attempt to reverse the Dodgers’ fortunes against the Cardinals on Saturday. It will be his first game against the Cardinals since losing twice in the NLDS. But the Dodgers have fallen into a nasty habit whenever Anderson pitches. They can’t score.That was the case again in a 2-1 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. It was the Dodgers’ third consecutive loss and their second in a row to begin a seven-game homestand.The Cardinals have had the Dodgers’ number since last October, when they ended the Dodgers’ season in a four-game National League Division Series.St. Louis has won four of the first five regular-season games between the two teams; the Dodgers have scored eight runs in the five games.Their only run Friday came in the second inning, when Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez loaded the bases with rookie center fielder Joc Pederson coming to bat. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, like many baseball coaches, often compliments his starting pitchers for “giving the team a chance” to win.The implication is subtle but clear. The pitcher is the only player on the field who has the ball on every play. He’s alone out there, with only a catcher putting down fingers and holding up a mitt to guide him through his time on the mound. The pitcher has enough pressure on him – much more than the other players on the field – that he shouldn’t have to pitch like a star every time he’s out there. He just have to give the team a chance.• Related: Dodgers prospect not a fan of Triple A stadiumBrett Anderson gave the Dodgers a chance to win Friday. He usually does. The left-hander has successfully shaken off a reputation for being prone to injury and made each of his 11 starts this season. Anderson hasn’t given up more than three runs in a game since April 21 and his earned-run average since then is 2.63.