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Dodgers 2, Cardinals 1

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ST. LOUIS -- The offense-starved Los Angeles Dodgers tried James Loney in the third slot for only the fourth time all season. He looked right at home there.

Loney's two-run, ninth-inning home run off Adam Wainwright snapped a scoreless tie and the Dodgers held on to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 on Friday.

"We started a little slow tonight," Loney said. "It was a good pitching duel, but basically somebody's got to win."

Before Loney hit his fifth homer into the right-field seats on an 0-1 pitch, the Dodgers had been on the verge of being shut out for the fifth time in seven games. After Russell Martin singled, Loney homered for the first time since July 24.

"These bats will get going," manager Grady Little said. "We've got too many good quality hitters not to bust out. It'll happen."

The homer was the first allowed by Wainwright (10-9) in seven starts covering 48 1/3 innings. Cardinals pitchers had thrown 25 consecutive scoreless innings before the homer by Loney, who just missed a homer in the fourth on a drive that sailed just foul.

Wainwright allowed two runs and six hits in his first career complete game, striking out five and walking one. On the decisive pitch, he tried unsuccessfully to come inside on Loney.

"It's definitely not how you want to end the game," Wainwright said. "It probably wasn't the best pitch selection."

Brad Penny worked seven innings of five-hit ball for the Dodgers, who won for only the second time in eight games. Joe Beimel (3-1) allowed an intentional walk in the eighth, Albert Pujols on a 2-0 count with no one on and two outs, and Takashi Saito worked out of trouble for his 29th save in 32 chances.

Saito allowed a leadoff walk to Jim Edmonds and a one-out single to Rick Ankiel. Yadier Molina followed with his third hit of the game, an infield hit off the glove of diving third baseman Nomar Garciaparra, to cut the gap to 2-1. Saito struck out pinch-hitter Ryan Ludwick and Adam Kennedy, the latter on a pitch in his eyes, to end the game.

"I dug myself a hole," Saito said through an interpreter. "But we were able to win the game somehow."

Ankiel, the former pitcher who hit a three-run homer on Thursday in his major league debut as an outfielder, went 1-for-4 for the second straight game. He has struck out four times in eight at-bats.

Penny struck out six and walked three in an outing that lowered his ERA to 2.54. The Cardinals were 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position against Penny, with Jim Edmonds and Pujols grounding into double plays with two on to end the first and fifth.

"I had all three pitches I could throw for strikes, and that helped a lot," Penny said. "I always tell myself, good pitching gets good hitting out."

Shortstop Rafael Furcal went behind the bag at second to snare Pujols' bouncer in the key defensive play for the Dodgers.

"That's probably the difference in the game," Penny said.

Molina singled his first two at-bats, giving him five straight hits with a walk over two games, before flying out in the seventh.

Edmonds robbed Martin twice with running catches, one near the center-field wall in the first and swooping in to snare a sinking liner to end the sixth.

Notes

Molina has thrown out 16 of 30 runners attempt to steal after easily catching Rafael Furcal trying for second in the fourth. ... Penny has made six straight quality starts and has an NL-high 21 in 24 starts overall. ... Wainwright, who has the Cardinals' only complete game this season, threw eight innings of one-hit ball at Kansas City on June 13 in his previous long outing. ... Wainwright was whipped by the Dodgers on May 15 in Los Angeles, allowing a season-high eight runs in a season-low 2 2/3 innings. ... Garciaparra has batted third in 65 games, most on the Dodgers, and Martin has done it 42 times.

 
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Players of the Game
Los Angeles

J. Loney
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
St. Louis

A. Wainwright
IP 9.0
H 6
ER 2
BB 1
K 5
 

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Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS4010000 .280
Russell Martin, C4110001 .298
James Loney, 1B4112010 .322
Jeff Kent, 2B4000010 .294
    Ramon Martinez, 2B0000000 .182
Luis Gonzalez, LF4000011 .276
    Takashi Saito, P0000000 .000
Nomar Garciaparra, 3B3010001 .281
Juan Pierre, CF2010100 .278
Andre Ethier, RF-LF3010012 .296
Brad Penny, P2000000 .283
   a- Mark Sweeney, PH1000011 .253
    Joe Beimel, P0000000 .000
    Matt Kemp, RF0000000 .317
Totals3126215  
a-struck out for Penny in the 8th
Batting
2B - Andre Ethier (21, Wainwright)
HR - James Loney (5, Wainwright)
RBI - James Loney 2 (25)
CS - Rafael Furcal (6, 2nd base by Wainwright/Molina)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Kent-Furcal-Loney, Furcal-Kent-Loney
Los Angeles Dodgers
Brad Penny 7500360 2.54
Joe Beimel (W,3-1) 1000100 3.86
Takashi Saito (S,29) 1211130 1.61
IBB - Pujols by Joe Beimel
Pitches-Strikes - Brad Penny 108-67, Joe Beimel 11-3, Takashi Saito 28-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brad Penny 7-6, Joe Beimel 1-1
Batters Faced - Brad Penny 27, Joe Beimel 3, Takashi Saito 6
St. Louis Cardinals
David Eckstein, SS3020100 .290
Chris Duncan, LF2000113 .281
   a- So Taguchi, PH-LF1000000 .301
Albert Pujols, 1B2000202 .314
Jim Edmonds, CF3100104 .240
Scott Rolen, 3B4000011 .261
Rick Ankiel, RF4010020 .250
Yadier Molina, C4031000 .272
Adam Wainwright, P3000032 .262
   b- Ryan Ludwick, PH1000012 .250
Adam Kennedy, 2B4010012 .217
Totals3117159  
a-grounded out for Duncan in the 8th
b-struck out for Wainwright in the 9th
Batting
RBI - Yadier Molina (20)
CS - Albert Pujols (6, 2nd base by Beimel/Martin)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Eckstein-Kennedy-Pujols, Kennedy-Pujols
E - Scott Rolen (6, Misplayed grounder)
St. Louis Cardinals
Adam Wainwright (L,10-9) 9622151 4.21
Pitches-Strikes - Adam Wainwright 121-78
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Adam Wainwright 12-8
Batters Faced - Adam Wainwright 32
Game Information
Attendance - 44595
Game Time - 2:41
Temperature - 92
Umpires - Home - Gerry Davis, First Base - Brian Gorman, Second Base - Paul Nauert, Third Base - Mike Everitt