The Cardinals will send ace Adam Wainwright to the mound today, while the Dodgers will give the ball to South Korean rookie Ryu Hyun-jin.
“We’re in a hole now, but we’re not out of it yet,” Kershaw said. “We’ve got three games at home to get right back in this thing and that’s the plan.”
The Dodgers were without a brace of banged-up regulars, with shortstop Hanley Ramirez and center fielder Andre Ethier both sitting out.
Ramirez was hit in the ribs by a pitch in Friday’s contest, while Ethier is still struggling with a sprained ankle that has troubled him for much of the month.
The Dodgers will be hoping the move to their home ground in Chavez Ravine will mark a change in fortunes. They did not manage a hit against the St Louis bullpen and have now gone 19 innings without scoring.
All-Star left-hander Kershaw did what he could, surrendering just two hits and a walk and striking out five before he was taken out for a pinch-hitter in the top of the seventh.
However, a passed ball by catcher A.J. Ellis in the fifth inning led to an unearned run that was all the offense St Louis needed.
Ellis said “it hurts” to be down 0-2 after strong outings from starting pitchers Zack Greinke and Kershaw.
“It was a couple of tough ballgames,” Ellis said. “Now we will see what we are made of.”