It was tough from the second pitch.

The ball lined straight off the bat of Dodgers leadoff hitter Carl Crawford at Shelby Miller’s pitching elbow forcing the Cardinals rookie starter out of the game with a right elbow contusion. Following a brief inning of relief from rookie reliever Michael Blazek Mike Matheny made a bold decision.

He opted to use tomorrow night’s starter to replace tonight’s.

Jake Westbrook came into the game in the second inning and the decision did not fare so well. He gave up six runs in the inning and three more combined in the fifth and sixth lasting 4.2 innings giving up nine runs on 13 hits in route to a 13-4 loss to the Dodgers.

The culprit of most of the RBIs for Los Angeles came off the bat of former Cardinals infielder Skip Schumaker who drove in four runs. Andre Ethier also had four RBIs Jerry Hairston Jr. drove in two and Crawford Adrian Gonzalez and Dee Gordon each added an RBI apiece.

The Cardinals still had an impressive 10 hits in the game with three coming from centerfielder Jon Jay and two from both Matt Carpenter and Carlos Beltran. Matt Holliday Daniel Descalso Carpenter and Beltran all had RBIs in the game but four runs did not make a dent in the nine run deficit.

Keith Butler gave up four runs in 1.2 innings of relief. Catcher Rob Johnson made his second career pitching appearance in the ninth inning striking out Los Angeles pitcher Paco Rodriguez.

Dodgers starter Ricky Nolasco pitched very well going five innings giving up three runs (0 ER) on seven hits while striking out five.

If there is a silver lining in tonight’s game the X-rays were negative on Miller’s elbow.

Tomorrow the Cardinals will try to split the series with the Dodgers. The Cardinals will have to call someone up to pitch tomorrow’s game and whoever it is they will be facing Hyun-Jin Ryu (10-3 3.15 ERA) at 7:15 p.m.

Descalso RBI in sixth Cards trail 9-4

The Cardinals are trying to claw back into the game.

Matt Adams led off the sixth inning with a single and quickly moved to second base on a wild pitch from Dodgers reliever Chris Withrow. After a Tony Cruz groundout moved Adams to third base Daniel Descalso knocked in the big first baseman with a single to center field to make it a 9-4 ballgame.

Schumaker RBI Dodgers lead 9-3 in sixth

Skip Schumaker got a round of applause when the starting lineups were announced before tonight's game. After all the former Cardinals infielder spent eight seasons in St. Louis before being traded to Los Angeles in Dec. 2012.

Was there a round of applause after his at-bat in the sixth inning? No.

That’s because Schumaker drove in his third RBI of the game with a hard single to center field giving the Dodgers an 8-3 lead. Following another single from Tim Federowicz (he now has three tonight) Dee Gordon drove in Schumaker with a single to right to make it 9-3.

Jake Westbrook was taken out of the game shortly after. Tomorrow night’s starter subbed in for Shelby Miller tonight who was taken out in the first inning with a right elbow contusion following his second pitch of the game.

Westbrook lasted 4.2 innings giving up all nine runs on 13 hits with two walks and one strikeout.