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Marquis becomes first 12-game winner in NL, Cards sweep Dogers

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LOS ANGELES -- Pitching on his normal four days' rest, Jason Marquis bounced back from an awful outing.

Facing the Los Angeles Dodgers' suddenly anemic offense didn't hurt, either.

Marquis became the NL's first 12-game winner and the St. Louis Cardinals used two home runs from Juan Encarnacion to beat the Dodgers 6-1 Sunday, sweeping the season series for the first time in the 115-year rivalry.

Marquis originally was slated to pitch Monday in Colorado. But after allowing 12 runs and 14 hits over five innings last Tuesday in a 14-5 loss to Atlanta, Cardinals manager Tony La Russa thought pitching Sunday would give Marquis a better chance to redeem himself. Dodger Stadium's spacious outfield is more forgiving than Coors Field, and Marquis has given up a league-worst 24 homers.

"Whether I pitched today or tomorrow, I would have prepared either way," Marquis said. "The situation in Colorado, with the ball flying out of there, maybe Tony just didn't want to put me in a position for a game to possibly get out of hand. But I prepared myself for five days' rest."

The temperature reached 92 degrees at gametime and about 110 on the field. But it hardly bothered Marquis (12-7), who allowed four hits over eight shutout innings on 106 pitches. He struck out two and walked none.

"I treat each start as its own individual one and I put the previous one behind me," Marquis said. "I felt like I was way off mechanically from where I was, so I went back to look at tapes from '04 and made the proper adjustments. And it paid off. I kept throwing strike one and kept my sinker down in the zone."

The Cardinals set a franchise record by homering in their 19th consecutive game, courtesy of Encarnacion's two solo shots. Scott Rolen and rookie Chris Duncan each added a two-run single in the fifth for St. Louis, which finished 7-0 against the Dodgers this year.

"This team this year really doesn't play by the long ball, so it's surprising," Jim Edmonds said. "We have a lot of guys who are pretty good at doing their jobs, doing everything right and being above-average, as far as power. I mean, if you told me we were going to have three or four guys hit 30 or 40 homers, I wouldn't believe you. But I think we're capable of having five or six guys with 20."

The three-game sweep was the Cardinals' first at Dodger Stadium since April 1993. They have won nine straight against Los Angeles and 15 of the last 19 meetings -- including a four-game sweep last week in St. Louis. Overall, the NL Central leaders have won 11 of 13 and lead Cincinnati by five games.

The only other time the Dodgers were swept in a season series by an NL club since moving to Los Angeles in 1958 was in 1994, when Atlanta was 6-0 against them. But a players strike that year wiped out the final seven scheduled meetings between the teams.

"I'm glad we're done playing them because they're going to get hot," La Russa said. "I don't want to spend the rest of the season having to beat Brad Penny a couple more times, because that's not going to happen."

The Dodgers are 1-10 with three shutout losses since the All-Star break -- two of them against St. Louis -- and have been outscored 57-17 during this stretch. The Cardinals outscored them 35-8 in the seven games.

"We ran into a buzzsaw with St. Louis," manager Grady Little said. "We've just got to keep working. These guys are professionals and they know how to correct it. The ball's in their court."

Rookie Chad Billingsley (1-3) gave up six runs -- five earned -- and six hits over five-plus innings and walked five in his eighth big league start, after pitching seven scoreless innings in Tuesday's 5-2 win at Arizona and five scoreless frames against the Cardinals on July 13.

"No one hit the ball hard except for Encarnacion," Billingsley said.

Encarnacion connected in the second to open the scoring. It was the first run Billingsley allowed in 15 innings since giving up a three-run homer to Barry Bonds on July 7.

Encarnacion's 14th homer in the sixth gave him four career multihomer games. The home runs helped the Cardinals eclipse their previous mark for consecutive games with a homer, set in April 2000.

St. Louis broke it open with four runs in the fifth. Duncan drove in two with a bases-loaded single. Albert Pujols was intentionally walked with first base occupied, loading the bases again for Rolen, who hit a two-run single. The Cardinals are batting .312 in bases-loaded situations.

Notes

  • After the game, the Dodgers traded little-used C Sandy Alomar Jr. to the Chicago White Sox for minor league RHP B.J. LaMura and announced that OF Jason Repko would be activated from the 60-day disabled list on Monday.
  • Pujols was 0-for-2 with two walks, ending his longest hitting streak of the season at 11 games.
  • Dodgers 1B Nomar Garciaparra turned 33. Also born on this date were the late Don Drysdale and Pee Wee Reese, whose jersey numbers were retired by the club in the same ceremony on July 1, 1984.
  • The Cardinals are 16-4 against the Dodgers over the last three seasons. They also won three of four against Los Angeles in the 2004 division series.
 
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Jason Marquis allows only four hits and no runs in eight innings for his NL-leading 12th victory.  (AP)
Jason Marquis allows only four hits and no runs in eight innings for his NL-leading 12th victory. (AP)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

J. Marquis
IP 8.0
H 4
ER 0
BB 0
K 2
St. Louis

J. Encarnacion
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 2
RBI 2
 

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St. Louis Cardinals
Aaron Miles, 2B4110100 .263
Chris Duncan, LF4112001 .310
    So Taguchi, LF1000000 .280
Albert Pujols, 1B2000200 .328
Scott Rolen, 3B4022001 .326
Jim Edmonds, CF4000012 .258
Juan Encarnacion, RF4232000 .286
Hector Luna, SS2110202 .300
Gary Bennett, C4100024 .208
Jason Marquis, P3000014 .182
   a- John Rodriguez, PH1000010 .304
    Josh Kinney, P0000000 .000
    Randy Flores, P0000000 .000
Totals336865514 
a-struck out for Marquis in the 9th
Batting
2B - Hector Luna (13, Billingsley)
HR - Juan Encarnacion 2 (14, Billingsley, Billingsley)
RBI - Chris Duncan 2 (16), Scott Rolen 2 (63), Juan Encarnacion 2 (52)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Rolen-Miles-Pujols
E - Aaron Miles (10, misplayed grounder)
St. Louis Cardinals
Jason Marquis (W,12-7) 8400020 5.62
Josh Kinney 0.1111200 6.75
Randy Flores 0.2000010 5.14
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Marquis 106-69, Josh Kinney 19-11, Randy Flores 7-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Marquis 8-14, Josh Kinney 1-0
Batters Faced - Jason Marquis 28, Josh Kinney 4, Randy Flores 2
Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS4010011 .266
Cesar Izturis, 3B4010001 .274
Nomar Garciaparra, 1B3100103 .331
J.D. Drew, RF3000103 .283
Russell Martin, C4011000 .285
Andre Ethier, LF4000002 .338
Jose Cruz Jr., CF4010012 .237
Ramon Martinez, 2B3000001 .309
Chad Billingsley, P1000010 .100
    Giovanni Carrara, P0000000 .000
   a- Ricky Ledee, PH1010000 .250
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
   b- Willy Aybar, PH1000000 .254
    Takashi Saito, P0000000 .000
Totals321512313 
a-doubled for Carrara in the 6th
b-fouled out for Broxton in the 8th
Batting
2B - Russell Martin (16, Kinney), Ricky Ledee (5, Marquis)
RBI - Russell Martin (37)
SB - Rafael Furcal (25, 2nd base off Marquis/Bennett)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Andre Ethier 1
DP - Furcal-Garciaparra, Martinez-Furcal-Garciaparra
E - Rafael Furcal (20, throwing error)
Los Angeles Dodgers
Chad Billingsley (L,1-3) 5665512 4.26
Giovanni Carrara 1000010 2.03
Jonathan Broxton 2200020 3.30
Takashi Saito 1000010 2.11
IBB - Pujols by Chad Billingsley
Pitches-Strikes - Chad Billingsley 99-54, Giovanni Carrara 8-6, Jonathan Broxton 28-22, Takashi Saito 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chad Billingsley 8-5, Giovanni Carrara 1-0, Jonathan Broxton 2-2, Takashi Saito 1-1
Batters Faced - Chad Billingsley 25, Giovanni Carrara 2, Jonathan Broxton 8, Takashi Saito 3
Game Information
Attendance - 43650
Game Time - 2:45
Temperature - 92
Umpires - Home - Brian Gorman, First Base - Bill Miller, Second Base - Eric Cooper, Third Base - Gerry Davis