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Los Angeles at St. Louis

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L.A. Dodgers (53-44) «030000200570
St. Louis (50-46)100000020391

Dodgers 5, Cardinals 3

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ST. LOUIS -- Chad Billingsley strode to the mound feeling like a winner.

Even though the Los Angeles Dodgers' right-hander was stuck on a five-start losing streak for a couple extra weeks while sidelined with elbow inflammation, he said there was no stewing before taming the St. Louis Cardinals for six innings in a 5-3 victory Monday night.

"I don't even think about that," Billingsley said. "Your mindset is always getting ready for the next start, the next time you're out there."

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Billingsley (5-9) didn't seem to mind the 101-degree heat, changing a soaked jersey once to cope. He struggled with fastball control but was happy with all of his off-speed stuff.

"I like throwing in this," Billingsley said. "I mean, you stay loose and you get a good sweat going. Good old St. Louis, that humidity."

Luis Cruz powered the Dodgers' fifth consecutive victory with a three-run homer in the second. Cruz, recalled July 2 to replaced injured shortstop Dee Gordon, has two career home runs and 12 RBI. Eight of his 14 hits are for extra bases.

The drive estimated at 372 feet barely cleared the left-field wall -- the ball conked left fielder Matt Holliday on the rebound -- to give the Dodgers the early jump in their eighth consecutive victory against St. Louis dating to April 17, 2011.

"I don't really look at him as a power hitter but when he hits it, it stays hit," manager Don Mattingly said. "This is no little Punch and Judy. He gets it, it's going to go."

Rookie Joe Kelly (1-3) said he gave Cruz a fat pitch to hit.

"Terrible slider, especially after fastball up, fastball up," Kelly said. "He put a good swing on it. It was just a cement mixer."

Kenley Jansen struck out two in a perfect ninth for his 19th save in 24 chances. The Dodgers also won eight in a row against St. Louis from 1975-76, their best streak in the series since moving to Los Angeles.

Carlos Beltran hit a home run for the second successive game with a two-run shot in the eighth for the Cardinals, hitting his 22nd of the year off Ronald Belisario. But St. Louis was 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position, failing to build on a three-game sweep of the Cubs in which it outscored Chicago 23-1.

Mark Ellis added a two-run double in the seventh off Victor Marte, the third reliever the Cardinals used in the inning in an effort to keep it close. Tony Gwynn Jr. contributed a pinch-hit single and scored, making him 8 for 16 with five RBI in that role.

Kelly allowed two earned runs on four hits in six innings, and had a tougher day from a physical standpoint. He contributed to Ellis' double-play ball the second at-bat of the game by deflecting a high chopper with the ring finger of his pitching hand, prompting a visit from team trainers and a brief delay to make sure he could still pitch.

"I felt like I got stung by a bee," Kelly said. "Just numb for a little bit."

Kelly got a second visit from the trainer after beating out an infield hit in the fifth, then stumbling over the bag and sprawling to the ground. Earlier in the at-bat, Kelly barely missed a home run on a ball that replays indicated was less than a foot outside the foul pole in left.

Billingsley allowed a run and four hits in six innings to win for the first time since June 10 at Seattle and end a skid that matched his career worst. In the five starts he made before going on the DL, the right-hander had a 6.21 ERA while allowing 41 hits in 29 innings.

Mattingly said the Dodgers were hoping Billingsley would last six innings.

"I think Chad just got enough big outs and was using enough of his pitches, throwing enough strikes," the manager said. "We weren't going to try to get anymore tonight, for sure."

The Dodgers trailed for the first time in four games during a 10-game trip after Jon Jay doubled for his fifth consecutive hit with one out in the first and scored on Lance Berkman's two-out single. Jay also singled to start the eighth and scored on Beltran's home run, which tied him with the Diamondbacks' Jason Kubel for the NL RBI lead with 71 apiece.

Notes

Cardinals 3B David Freese, who is 0 for 6 with six strikeouts against Billingsley, was not in the lineup. ... The Dodgers have 14 home runs in the past 18 games. ... Kelly has two hits, both infield singles. He worked Billingsley for a 10-pitch at-bat but grounded out in the second. ... Holliday doubled and walked and has an extra-base hit in four consecutive games. In his past 16 home games, he's batting .491 (28 for 57). ... Jay had his first multihit game since May 2.

 
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Players of the Game
Los Angeles

L. Cruz
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
St. Louis

C. Beltran
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Los Angeles Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Bobby Abreu, LF2000212 .244
    Jamey Wright, P0000000 .000
    James Loney, 1B0000000 .248
Mark Ellis, 2B4012001 .269
Matt Kemp, CF4010011 .358
Andre Ethier, RF4110000 .294
Juan Rivera, 1B3000103 .256
    Ronald Belisario, P0000000 .000
    Kenley Jansen, P0000000 .000
Adam Kennedy, 3B4110002 .245
Luis Cruz, SS4113001 .241
A.J. Ellis, C4110020 .278
Chad Billingsley, P2000000 .219
   a- Tony Gwynn Jr., PH-LF2110000 .243
Totals3357534  
a-singled for Billingsley in the 7th
Batting
2B - Mark Ellis (6, Marte), Andre Ethier (25, Kelly)
HR - Luis Cruz (2, Kelly)
RBI - Mark Ellis 2 (13), Luis Cruz 3 (12)
2-OUT RBI - Mark Ellis 2 (7)
CS - Bobby Abreu (2, 2nd base by Kelly/Molina)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Ellis-L. Cruz-J. Rivera
PB - A.J. Ellis (9)
Los Angeles Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chad Billingsley (W,5-9) 6711140 4.15
Jamey Wright 1111000 3.63
Ronald Belisario 1111001 2.75
Kenley Jansen (S,19) 1000020 1.93
Pitches-Strikes - Chad Billingsley 100-60, Jamey Wright 14-9, Ronald Belisario 13-6, Kenley Jansen 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chad Billingsley 8-5, Jamey Wright 1-2, Kenley Jansen 1-0
Batters Faced - Chad Billingsley 25, Jamey Wright 4, Ronald Belisario 4, Kenley Jansen 3
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Rafael Furcal, SS4000012 .276
Jon Jay, CF4220011 .309
Matt Holliday, LF3010102 .321
Carlos Beltran, RF4112023 .291
Lance Berkman, 1B4011001 .281
Yadier Molina, C4020002 .309
Skip Schumaker, 2B3000002 .314
    Victor Marte, P0000000 .000
    Trevor Rosenthal, P0000000 .000
   a- Allen Craig, PH1000010 .303
Matt Carpenter, 3B4010001 .281
Joe Kelly, P2010001 .154
    Fernando Salas, P0000000 .000
    Barret Browning, P0000000 .000
    Daniel Descalso, 2B2000010 .228
Totals3539316  
a-struck out for Rosenthal in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jon Jay (9, Billingsley), Matt Holliday (25, Billingsley)
HR - Carlos Beltran (22, Belisario)
RBI - Carlos Beltran 2 (71), Lance Berkman (6)
2-OUT RBI - Lance Berkman (3)
SB - Matt Carpenter (1, 2nd base off Billingsley/Ellis)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Kelly-Furcal-Berkman
E - Lance Berkman (3, Misplayed grounder)
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Joe Kelly (L,1-3) 6432311 2.78
Fernando Salas 0.1111000 4.63
Barret Browning 0.1111010 3.52
Victor Marte 0.1100010 4.46
Trevor Rosenthal 2000010 0.00
WP - Joe Kelly (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Joe Kelly 95-61, Fernando Salas 9-6, Barret Browning 6-4, Victor Marte 6-5, Trevor Rosenthal 28-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Kelly 10-6, Trevor Rosenthal 2-3
Batters Faced - Joe Kelly 24, Fernando Salas 2, Barret Browning 2, Victor Marte 2, Trevor Rosenthal 6
Game Information
Attendance - 42806
Game Time - 3:06
Temperature - 103
Umpires - Home - Marty Foster, First Base - D.J. Reyburn, Second Base - Jeff Kellogg, Third Base - Eric Cooper