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Holliday's walk-off single helps Cards sweep Dodgers

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ST. LOUIS -- Matt Holliday remembers facing Dodgers closer Jonathan Broxton from the days when he was still playing in the NL West, and those memories sure came in handy Sunday.

Holliday drove in the winning run with two outs in the ninth inning, and the St. Louis Cardinals rallied from a four-run deficit to beat Los Angeles 5-4 and finish a four-game sweep.

"I've had a chance to face him quite a bit without too much success," said Holliday, who is 4 for 17 against Broxton, many of those at-bats coming with the Colorado Rockies. "He's one of the best closers in the game for a reason."

Allen Craig filled in for Albert Pujols and performed just like the Cardinals' All-Star first baseman, driving in three runs in the final two innings on his 26th birthday.

Pujols got a day off from the starting lineup for only the second time this season.

"It's awesome," Craig said. "It's the best birthday present I ever had."

Craig put the Cardinals on the board with a two-run double off reliever Justin Miller in the eighth that made it 4-2, and he singled to center off Broxton (3-1) with two outs in the ninth to knot the game. Holliday followed with an RBI single over Andre Ethier's head in right field, bringing home Jon Jay with the winning run.

Ryan Franklin (4-1) pitched the ninth for the victory as the Cardinals completed their first four-game sweep of Los Angeles since taking consecutive doubleheaders July 7-8, 1987.

The win also edged the Cardinals (51-41) ahead of the Cincinnati Reds in the NL Central, although it was a different number that caught the eye of manager Tony La Russa.

"The most significant thing is that we're 10 games over .500," he said.

Broxton entered the game with one out in the eighth inning and threw 44 pitches while blowing his third save in 22 chances. It was his first loss since Sept. 27 at Pittsburgh.

"I got myself into bad counts and walked guys," said Broxton, who got Holliday to fly out in the eighth before getting burned in the ninth. "I shouldn't have gotten back around to him."

Garret Anderson had a pinch-hit RBI double and Matt Kemp brought home a run with a walk for Los Angeles, which wasted a superb effort by Vicente Padilla. He allowed only one hit while pitching six scoreless innings.

The Dodgers took their first lead of the four-game series in the fifth inning against St. Louis starter Jeff Suppan. With one out and runners on first and third, Padilla chopped a ball over the head of third baseman Felipe Lopez and into the corner in left to score Xavier Paul.

Los Angeles added three more runs off reliever Mitchell Boggs in the seventh, but the Cardinals closed to 4-2 in the eighth on Craig's double to left with one out off reliever Justin Miller. Broxton came on and allowed Randy Winn's RBI single before getting out of the inning.

"It was tough, very tough," said Los Angeles manager Joe Torre. "We just asked too much out of Brox. You certainly don't want a closer to come in and face the same guy twice. It was a tough one to let get away."

Notes

  • Dodgers 1B James Loney, who was helped off the field in the ninth inning with cramps Saturday, was held out of the starting lineup.
  • Torre, a former Cardinals player and manager, received a standing ovation prior to the sixth inning when his birthday was announced. He tipped his cap from the top step of the dugout.
  • Padilla was 1 for 13 before his RBI double.
 
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Matt Holliday takes a beating from his teammates after knocking in the game winner.  (AP)
Matt Holliday takes a beating from his teammates after knocking in the game winner. (AP)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

A. Craig
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
Los Angeles

R. Belliard
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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Los Angeles Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Rafael Furcal, SS3010202 .333
Jamey Carroll, 3B5000016 .289
Andre Ethier, RF3000200 .318
Matt Kemp, CF4011102 .258
Blake DeWitt, 2B4010004 .273
Ronnie Belliard, 1B4120000 .228
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
Xavier Paul, LF3100103 .253
A.J. Ellis, C4110011 .204
Vicente Padilla, P2011000 .143
   a- Garret Anderson, PH1111000 .188
    Travis Schlichting, P0000000 .000
    Justin Miller, P0000000 .000
    Casey Blake, 1B1000010 .251
Totals3448363  
a-doubled for Padilla in the 7th
Batting
2B - Rafael Furcal (18, Franklin), Vicente Padilla (1, Suppan), Garret Anderson (6, Boggs)
RBI - Matt Kemp (53), Vicente Padilla (1), Garret Anderson (12)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Kemp (20)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Matt Kemp 1
DP - Kemp-Belliard
Los Angeles Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Vicente Padilla 6100510 3.65
Travis Schlichting 1.1122200 2.60
Justin Miller0111000 4.44
Jonathan Broxton (BS,3; L,3-1) 1.1422200 2.50
Pitches-Strikes - Vicente Padilla 79-46, Travis Schlichting 36-20, Justin Miller 5-3, Jonathan Broxton 44-25
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Vicente Padilla 6-9, Travis Schlichting 1-3, Jonathan Broxton 2-2
Batters Faced - Vicente Padilla 22, Travis Schlichting 7, Justin Miller 1, Jonathan Broxton 10
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Felipe Lopez, 3B5000003 .268
Jon Jay, CF2200300 .360
Allen Craig, 1B4123100 .154
Matt Holliday, LF3011204 .307
Randy Winn, RF4021000 .244
Skip Schumaker, 2B3000101 .254
Jason LaRue, C3000001 .184
   a- Albert Pujols, PH1000002 .307
    Ryan Franklin, P0000000 .000
Jeff Suppan, P1000000 .167
   b- Colby Rasmus, PH1000010 .279
    Mitchell Boggs, P0000000 .000
    Dennys Reyes, P0000000 .000
   c- Aaron Miles, PH1000001 .325
    Evan MacLane, P0000000 .000
    Yadier Molina, C1110000 .235
Brendan Ryan, SS1110200 .193
Totals3057591  
a-grounded out for LaRue in the 8th
b-struck out for Suppan in the 6th
c-flied out for Reyes in the 7th
Batting
2B - Allen Craig (1, Miller), Randy Winn (6, Schlichting)
SH - Brendan Ryan (7)
RBI - Allen Craig 3 (5), Matt Holliday (53), Randy Winn (13)
2-OUT RBI - Allen Craig (1), Matt Holliday (29), Randy Winn (8)
CS - Matt Holliday (2, 2nd base by Padilla/Ellis)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Craig-Ryan, Ryan-Schumaker-Craig
E - Felipe Lopez (6, Misplayed grounder)
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeff Suppan 6511110 6.05
Mitchell Boggs 0.2231310 2.59
Dennys Reyes 0.1000000 3.46
Evan MacLane 1000100 9.00
Ryan Franklin (W,4-1) 1100110 3.41
IBB - Furcal by Mitchell Boggs, by Ethier, Ethier by Ryan Franklin
WP - Mitchell Boggs (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Suppan 79-50, Mitchell Boggs 26-10, Dennys Reyes 2-2, Evan MacLane 17-8, Ryan Franklin 19-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Suppan 7-9, Mitchell Boggs 1-1, Dennys Reyes 1-0, Evan MacLane 2-0, Ryan Franklin 1-1
Batters Faced - Jeff Suppan 23, Mitchell Boggs 8, Dennys Reyes 1, Evan MacLane 3, Ryan Franklin 5
Game Information
Attendance - 40743
Game Time - 3:30
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Brian Knight, First Base - Gerry Davis, Second Base - Ron Kulpa, Third Base - Greg Gibson