ST. LOUIS — Losing was one thing. Getting critiqued on technique by an umpire took two Dodgers over the edge.
Mattingly was booted for the third time this season for arguing a called third strike to Andre Ethier for the first out in the seventh after the Dodgers had opened with a pair of hits. Elllis was ejected for the first time of his career after arguing ball four to Matt Carpenter in the bottom of the inning.
"Their job is to call balls and strikes, not to be a pitching coach behind the plate," Ellis said. "That's not their job, to be critical of what I'm doing.
"It shouldn't even matter if there is a catcher there or not."
Mattingly said Winters told Elllis he "didn't like the way he was presenting the ball properly." Ellis thought Winters had been inconsistent all night.
"It reached a boiling point and some things were said that pushed me over the edge," Ellis said. "I just felt like I had to stand up for my pitchers and stand up for my teammates at that point."
Lackey worked seven scoreless innings and the Cardinals got just enough against Mike Bolsinger for their fifth straight victory.
Ellis praised Bolsinger for holding down "one of the premier lineups in the league."
"Teams are going to look at film, they're going to try and figure him," Mattingly said. "But time tells you the more he pitches like this, he can do it."
The Cardinals ended Bolsinger's streak of 18 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings on Randal Grichuk's bases-loaded double play ball in the first. Jhonny Peralta doubled twice with an RBI and Grichuk, starting in left field in place of ailing Matt Holliday, batted cleanup for the first time and had an RBI double in the third.
Lackey (3-3) struck out nine and allowed five hits, and the Dodgers got their lone runner in scoring position his final inning. Adrian Gonzalez and Justin Turner singled to open the seventh but Lackey retired the next three in order with two strikeouts.
Lackey is 6-3 with a 1.76 ERA against the Dodgers and beat them in Game 3 of the NL division series last fall.
Bolsinger (3-1) gave up two runs on seven hits in six innings. He had won his previous three starts and allowed just one base runner in eight scoreless innings his last time out against San Diego, giving up a leadoff hit and then retiring 23 in a row.
Trevor Rosenthal earned his 14th save in 15 chances for St. Louis, which entered with a major league-best 2.76 ERA.
Dodgers: Mattingly said C Yasmani Grandal would be activated Saturday from the 7-day disabled list from a concussion.
Cardinals: Holliday missed the game due to flu-like symptoms. Jon Jay, activated from the 15-day DL before the game, pinch hit in the eighth and fouled off nine pitches before singling off Paco Rodriguez.
Carlos Frias (3-2, 5.34 ERA) surrendered a career-high 10 runs on 12 hits in four innings in a loss at San Diego on Sunday. Michael Wacha (7-0, 1.87) is tied for the NL lead in wins, and his ERA is among the league leaders.
Attendance of 44,223 attracted by a Whitey Herzog garden gnome giveaway was the Cardinals' eighth sellout. The Hall of Fame manager waved to the crowd and held a gnome aloft during a break.