But he and fellow outfielder Joc Pederson paid the price.
When Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina drove a Kenley Jansen offering into the right-center gap, Puig and Pederson gave chase. The two met in a brutal collision, and Puig somehow managed to hold on to the ball. He winced in pain as he raised his arm to display the catch to the umpire.
Had Puig dropped it, with both players immobilized, the slow-footed Molina might have made it all the way around the bases for a 2-1 extra-innings lead.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said that, despite his taking a forearm to the jaw, Pederson passed the concussion protocol.
“My neck is a little stiff. We’ll see [Wednesday],” Pederson said. “I already did some treatment [Tuesday night]. I’ll come back [Wednesday] and see where I’m at.”
Puig has sore ribs, but expects to play Wednesday. His tie-preserving catch left the door open for Logan Forsythe to end things in the bottom of the 13th inning with a walk-off double to score Enrique Hernandez.