Los Angeles at St. Louis

Final 10th
L.A. Dodgers
St. Louis
W: J. McDonald (3-2) L: D. Reyes (0-2)
S: J. Broxton (24)
HR: LA - None   STL - M. Holliday (12), R. Ankiel (8)

Kemp comes through in 10th, Dodgers win in St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS -- For three games, the Los Angeles Dodgers piled up hits and had nothing to show for it. To end a season-worst four-game losing streak, they made a few count.

Matt Kemp and Casey Blake combined for seven hits and Kemp's two-run single in the 10th was the difference in the Dodgers' 5-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night.

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"We've been playing hard, we haven't been driving in any runs," Kemp said. "Our starting pitching has kept us in the ballgames and we've just got to get it done when we've got runners in scoring position."

Blake had four hits and is 7 for 10 the last two games for Los Angeles, which avoided a four-game sweep and has not been swept all season. The Dodgers lead the NL in hitting and are second in scoring with an average of nearly five runs. They finally got rolling after totaling three runs on 33 hits the first three games.

"It was important to get yesterday's game, so you can imagine what today's was," manager Joe Torre said. "To bounce back, it doesn't surprise me."

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The Dodgers were 4 for 11 with runners in scoring position after going 4 for 25 the first three games. James McDonald (3-2) worked a perfect ninth and Jonathan Broxton, one strike away from ending the Dodgers' slump Wednesday, finished for his 24th save in 27 chances.

"We're going to have some games where we give it up some," Broxton said. "You've got to bounce back the next day and have fun."

Albert Pujols, who lined a game-winning single off Jeff Weaver in the 15th inning Wednesday night, tapped out to the mound for the final out. The Cardinals, who scored 19 runs the first three games, totaled only six hits.

"We made a fight out of it, but offensively we got shut down," manager Tony La Russa said. "They pitched us very well."

Earlier in the day, the Dodgers added depth to their bullpen by acquiring former All-Star closer George Sherrill from the Baltimore Orioles for two Double-A players.

Manny Ramirez was 3 for 18 in the series with no RBI and he's 4 for 26 in his last six games with no RBI. Boos rained down on him throughout the game, just as they did the first three games before the New York Times reported Thursday he had tested positive for steroids in 2003.

Matt Holliday became the lone Cardinal to reach base safely two or more times in his first seven games, getting an RBI single and his first homer for his new team in the first two at-bats. Holliday is batting .520 (13 for 25) since coming from the Athletics and is a career .396 hitter at 4-year-old Busch Stadium with six homers and 10 RBI.

Holliday is the first Cardinal since Bo Hart in 2003 to hit safely in his first seven games.

Andre Ethier walked with one out against Dennys Reyes (0-2), Blake singled and the runners advanced on a wild pitch. With two outs, Kemp lined a single off Todd Wellemeyer, moved to the bullpen after his last start and making only his second relief appearance of the season.

Consecutive intentional walks to Pujols and Holliday helped the Dodgers escape trouble in the eighth. The Cardinals left the bases loaded when Hong-Chi Kuo struck out Rick Ankiel on three pitches.

Four consecutive Dodgers reached against Kyle McClellan with one out in the seventh. Pinch-hitter Juan Pierre had an infield hit and scored from first on Rafael Furcal's two-run double that put Los Angeles ahead 3-2.

Ankiel homered leading off the eighth, ending Guillermo Mota's scoreless streak at 20 1/3 innings and tying it at 3.

Both starters were pulled after six innings. Kyle Lohse surrendered a run on five hits in the best of four starts since missing a month with a forearm injury for St. Louis, departing with a one-run lead, while Hiroki Kuroda gave up two runs on four hits for the Dodgers.


  • Cardinals SS Brendan Ryan bruised his left ankle on a foul ball in the second and was replaced by Julio Lugo. X-rays were negative but he left Busch Stadium on crutches. "It was kind of scary there for a second," Ryan said. "I'm glad to hear that nothing's broken or anything like that."
  • The Cardinals plan to recall RHP Mitchell Boggs from Triple-A Memphis Friday to start the opener of a three-game series with Houston. Boggs replaces Wellemeyer.
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Outfielder Matt Kemp goes 3 for 5 and drives in the eventual winning runs in the 10th inning. (AP)
Outfielder Matt Kemp goes 3 for 5 and drives in the eventual winning runs in the 10th inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

M. Holliday
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
Los Angeles

C. Blake
AB 5
R 2
H 4
HR 0

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Game Information
Attendance - 43263
Game Time - 3:23
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Tim Timmons, First Base - Jeff Kellogg, Second Base - Rob Drake, Third Base - Mark Wegner