Los Angeles at St. Louis

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L.A. Dodgers (49-41)0020000204130
St. Louis (49-41) «31112000x8140

Cardinals 8, Dodgers 4

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ST. LOUIS -- The All-Star break was the perfect time for Yadier Molina to start fresh, even if it was just a mental respite.

The starting All-Star catcher for the National League homered and drove in four runs, matching his RBI total from the previous 25 games and helping the St. Louis Cardinals overcome a rough start by rookie Jaime Garcia in an 8-4 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night.

"I'm the same guy," Molina said. "This time I'm finding some holes. Same guy."

Chad Billingsley (7-5) was the second straight Dodgers starter to get cuffed around by the Cardinals, allowing seven runs and 10 hits in four innings. It was the second-shortest outing of the season for the right-hander, who has a 1.09 ERA in four day games but a 5.76 ERA in 13 night starts.

"It was just a bad game, just two bad starts," Dodgers manager Joe Torre said. "When the opposition scores in the first five innings, it's not a good sign."

Randy Winn added two hits and two RBI, his first since June 13, off a pitcher he's batting .481 against (13 for 27) with seven RBI. Winn got a spot start in right field ahead of St. Louis rookie Jon Jay, who's batting .500 during a 12-game hitting streak.

"It doesn't matter what you did last year or in 2005, it wasn't something that was going to help me tonight," Winn said. "When I hit it, they fall in, that's about it."

James Loney had three hits and an RBI for the Dodgers, who are 3-13 at 5-year-old Busch Stadium. Rafael Furcal, a .342 career hitter against the Cardinals, had two hits and a bases-loaded walk, and was robbed of a third hit by second baseman Skip Schumaker's diving stab in the third.

The Dodgers had 13 hits but stranded 12 runners, going 3 for 17 with runners in scoring position.

"Throughout the season, that makes the difference in almost every game when the big hits happen," said Jamey Carroll, who had two hits. "Unfortunately, we weren't able to do that."

Garcia is one of the NL's top rookie pitchers at 8-4 with a 2.27 ERA, but the lefty missed almost all last season rehabbing from elbow surgery. He topped 100 innings but said mechanics and not the workload was the problem after laboring through 3 1/3 innings, allowing two runs and eight hits. In his last two outings he has allowed 17 hits and five earned runs in 8 2/3 innings.

"It was kind of tough," Garcia said. "I was falling behind a lot of hitters. It was just one of those days."

Kyle McClellan (1-2) allowed a hit in 1 2/3 innings for the Cardinals, who knocked out Clayton Kershaw in the fifth inning of the series opener Thursday.

Molina was the All-Star starter the second straight year based on defense and not a .223 average. He's 4 for 8 with five RBI in the first two games of the series after going 7 for 71 (.099) with four RBI the previous 25 games, raising his average to .231.

"He's been a good hitter his whole career," manager Tony La Russa said. "He's starting from zero and he's had a couple of good days."

His brother Bengie had a pretty good night himself Friday, hitting for the cycle in Texas' 8-4 win at Boston.

Los Angeles outfielder Manny Ramirez was removed after walking in the top of the first inning because of tightness in his right calf. Ramirez was activated from the 15-day disabled list Thursday from a right hamstring injury.

Torre said Ramirez felt something before the game and was wearing a sleeve on the leg. Ramirez went to left field before the bottom of the first but then headed for the dugout.

"It wasn't the hamstring where he had the issue," Torre said. "He went out to the outfield and I guess it grabbed on him more."

Notes

Torre had lunch with Stan Musial, and said the 89-year-old Hall of Famer played "Happy Birthday" on the harmonica to honor the Dodgers manager's 70th birthday on Sunday. ... Dodgers RHP James McDonald was pulled from his start at Triple-A Albuquerque on Friday and Torre said he's likely to take the fifth spot in the rotation on Monday against San Francisco. ... La Russa has reached two milestones in games pitched by Chris Carpenter. He won his 2,.600th game Thursday and passed John McGraw for second place on the career list of games managed at 4,770 last September on a day marked by Carpenter's grand slam. ... Dodgers LHP George Sherrill (0-1, 7.17 ERA) was placed on waivers earlier in the week and could be asked to accept a minor league assignment if he's not claimed. ... La Russa sounded pessimistic about starter Brad Penny's chances of pitching anytime soon. "I have no good or bad expectations, just have no expectations."

 
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Players of the Game
St. Louis

Y. Molina
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
Los Angeles

J. Loney
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Los Angeles Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Rafael Furcal, SS4021100 .331
Matt Kemp, CF4121013 .261
Andre Ethier, RF5110016 .324
Manny Ramirez, LF0000100 .317
    Xavier Paul, LF4010003 .258
Casey Blake, 3B5011004 .255
James Loney, 1B5131001 .310
Russell Martin, C4000024 .241
    Jon Link, P0000000 .000
   a- Ronnie Belliard, PH1000011 .218
Jamey Carroll, 2B3120110 .297
Chad Billingsley, P2000022 .152
    George Sherrill, P0000000 .000
   b- Blake DeWitt, PH1000000 .269
    Carlos Monasterios, P0000000 .143
   c- Garret Anderson, PH1010000 .184
    A.J. Ellis, C0000000 .214
Totals39413438  
a-struck out for Link in the 9th
b-grounded out for Sherrill in the 6th
c-singled for Monasterios in the 8th
Batting
2B - Matt Kemp (18, Boggs), Xavier Paul (6, Franklin), James Loney (26, McClellan)
3B - Jamey Carroll (1, Garcia)
SF - Matt Kemp (7)
RBI - Rafael Furcal (36), Matt Kemp (52), Casey Blake (37), James Loney (64)
2-OUT RBI - Casey Blake (20), James Loney (28)
SB - Rafael Furcal (15, 3rd base off Garcia/Molina)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - Furcal-Loney
Los Angeles Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chad Billingsley (L,7-5) 41077200 4.61
George Sherrill 1211001 7.17
Carlos Monasterios 2100100 3.75
Jon Link 1100010 3.18
Pitches-Strikes - Chad Billingsley 67-40, George Sherrill 17-11, Carlos Monasterios 23-14, Jon Link 15-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chad Billingsley 6-4, George Sherrill 2-1, Carlos Monasterios 1-5, Jon Link 2-0
Batters Faced - Chad Billingsley 22, George Sherrill 5, Carlos Monasterios 8, Jon Link 4
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Felipe Lopez, 3B5021001 .271
Colby Rasmus, CF4110112 .284
Albert Pujols, 1B5110002 .311
Matt Holliday, LF2120200 .304
Randy Winn, RF4222003 .238
Yadier Molina, C4124000 .231
Skip Schumaker, 2B4110002 .255
Jaime Garcia, P1000002 .194
    Kyle McClellan, P0000000 .500
   a- Allen Craig, PH1010000 .091
    Mitchell Boggs, P0000000 .000
    Trever Miller, P0000000 .000
   b- Aaron Miles, PH1000000 .333
    Jason Motte, P0000000 .000
    Dennys Reyes, P0000000 .000
    Ryan Franklin, P0000000 .000
Tyler Greene, SS4120002 .286
Totals35814731  
a-singled for McClellan in the 5th
b-lined out for Miller in the 7th
Batting
3B - Randy Winn (2, Billingsley)
HR - Yadier Molina (4, Sherrill)
SH - Jaime Garcia (3)
RBI - Felipe Lopez (24), Randy Winn 2 (12), Yadier Molina 4 (38)
2-OUT RBI - Felipe Lopez (9), Randy Winn 2 (7), Yadier Molina (16)
CS - Yadier Molina (4, 2nd base by Billingsley/Martin)
Team LOB - 7
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jaime Garcia 3.1822140 2.27
Kyle McClellan (W,1-2) 1.2100010 2.05
Mitchell Boggs 1100010 2.41
Trever Miller 1000000 3.86
Jason Motte 0.2222210 2.72
Dennys Reyes (H,5) 0.1000000 3.51
Ryan Franklin 1100010 3.53
WP - Dennys Reyes (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Jaime Garcia 82-52, Kyle McClellan 17-13, Mitchell Boggs 16-10, Trever Miller 8-6, Jason Motte 34-21, Dennys Reyes 5-3, Ryan Franklin 16-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jaime Garcia 2-4, Kyle McClellan 2-2, Mitchell Boggs 1-1, Trever Miller 1-2, Dennys Reyes 1-0, Ryan Franklin 1-1
Batters Faced - Jaime Garcia 19, Kyle McClellan 6, Mitchell Boggs 4, Trever Miller 3, Jason Motte 6, Dennys Reyes 1, Ryan Franklin 4
Game Information
Attendance - 44074
Game Time - 3:11
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - Ron Kulpa, First Base - Greg Gibson, Second Base - Brian Knight, Third Base - Gerry Davis