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Cardinals pull away, end Dodgers' road streak at 15

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ST. LOUIS -- Carlos Beltran and his St. Louis teammates weren't focused on the Los Angeles Dodgers' road winning streak.

They were just trying to continue their own hot play of late.

That plan worked to perfection as Beltran and Matt Adams hit home runs in the eighth inning to help the Cardinals snap the Dodgers' 15-game road run with a 5-1 victory Tuesday night.

"We weren't thinking about them, we were thinking about us and what we're capable of doing," Beltran said. "It works better if you just worry about yourself."

Joe Kelly went 5 1/3 innings, outperforming Los Angeles ace Clayton Kershaw and helping St. Louis to its fourth victory in the past six games. Tony Cruz added an RBI single.

The Dodgers' road winning streak was a franchise record. Their previous loss away from Chavez Ravine was a 4-2 decision at San Francisco on July 6.

"This just means we've got to start a new one tomorrow," Kershaw said. "It was a pretty cool thing, for sure. It's definitely not something to take lightly."

Adrian Gonzalez hit a one-out RBI single off Kelly (3-3) in the sixth, but that was it for Los Angeles against Kelly. He left with runners on first and second and the Cardinals nursing a 2-1 lead.

"Kershaw is a stud, but I was just trying to be the same guy I have been," Kelly said. "Working my tail off and battling those guys."

Kelly improved to 3-0 in five starts since rejoining the starting rotation on July 6. He was working on a scoreless streak of 20 innings before the Dodgers scored in the sixth. Kelly allowed six hits while lowering his ERA to 2.98. The 20-inning scoreless string is the longest by a St. Louis pitcher his season.

"We needed him to come up big for us and that's exactly what he did," St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said. "He used both sides of the plate and his change-up was sharp. He couldn't have done much more than what he did."

Even Kershaw was impressed with Kelly's effort.

"He made pitches when he had to and he got a lot of double-play balls," Kershaw said.

The Dodgers had runners on in seven innings but failed to come up with the key hit. St. Louis recorded four double plays, all over the first six innings.

"It was one of those games that was a one-run game and we had a couple chances with men in scoring position," Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly said. "We didn't take advantage in those spots. Those are the kind of runs that you can't give away."

The Dodgers' biggest opportunity came in the sixth. They closed to within 2-1 and loaded the bases with one away. But St. Louis reliever Seth Maness got A.J. Ellis to bounce into an inning-ending double play.

The Cardinals then grabbed control in the eighth. Beltran hit his 20th home run for a 3-1 lead. Matt Holliday then walked before Adams connected for his third pinch-hit drive of the season.

"Every time you contribute to help the team score, it feels good," Beltran said. "This was a good team win."

Kershaw (10-7) allowed two runs and six hits in six innings for Los Angeles, which dropped to 15-3 since the All-Star break. The left-hander is 5-2 with a sparkling 1.62 ERA during his past eight starts.

Cruz helped the Cardinals take the lead in the sixth. He singled in Jon Jay, then moved to third on Pete Kozma's double. He came home on Kelly's bouncer to second, lifting St. Louis to a 2-0 lead.

The Cardinals used six pitchers.

"It was a big bullpen day," Kelly said. "I just happened to get the ball to start the game off."

The Dodgers came up two wins short of tying the major league single-season mark of 17 consecutive road victories for the Detroit Tigers from April 3-May 24, 1984, and New York Giants from May 9-29, 1916. The two-season mark is 21 in a row by Detroit from Sept. 18, 1983 to May 24, 1984.

Notes

  • St. Louis-based rapper Nelly took batting practice before the game. He also threw out the ceremonial first pitch from the rubber on his bobblehead night. "I was glad that I just didn't totally bounce the ball," he said. "It hit the dirt a little, but it was there. Just a little low and outside."
  • Los Angeles is 32-8 in its past 40 games.
  • The Cardinals scored in the first inning in their previous four games before coming up empty on Tuesday.
  • Beltran did not hit a home run in July, the first month he has gone without a round-tripper since September 1998, his first month in the league.
 
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Despite Carl Crawford's slide, Matt Carpenter turns a double play on Mark Ellis' ground ball during the first inning.  (USATSI)
Despite Carl Crawford's slide, Matt Carpenter turns a double play on Mark Ellis' ground ball during the first inning. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

M. Adams
AB 1
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Los Angeles

C. Kershaw
IP 6.0
H 6
ER 2
BB 2
K 5
 

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Los Angeles (N.L.) Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Carl Crawford, LF3120102 .284
Mark Ellis, 2B4000006 .269
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4011000 .297
Yasiel Puig, RF3010110 .373
Andre Ethier, CF4010011 .269
A.J. Ellis, C4010001 .255
Juan Uribe, 3B4010001 .256
Nick Punto, SS3020100 .252
Clayton Kershaw, P2000013 .132
   a-Skip Schumaker, PH-2B2000002 .253
Totals3319133  
a-hit into fielder's choice for Kershaw in the 7th
Batting
2B - Carl Crawford (17, Kelly), Juan Uribe (12, Maness)
RBI - Adrian Gonzalez (67)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Punto-Ellis-Gonzalez, Punto-Ellis-Gonzalez-Kershaw-Gonzalez
Los Angeles (N.L.) Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Clayton Kershaw (L,10-7) 6622250 1.91
J.P. Howell 1.1000010 2.11
Brandon League 0.1233112 5.53
Carlos Marmol 0.1000000 6.25
Pitches-Strikes - Clayton Kershaw 90-63, J.P. Howell 11-8, Brandon League 19-9, Carlos Marmol 1-1
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clayton Kershaw 6-5, J.P. Howell 2-1, Carlos Marmol 1-0
Batters Faced - Clayton Kershaw 24, J.P. Howell 4, Brandon League 4, Carlos Marmol 1
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Matt Carpenter, 2B4000011 .302
Carlos Beltran, RF4121010 .304
Allen Craig, 1B4010010 .321
Matt Holliday, LF3010121 .278
   Adron Chambers, PR-LF0100000 .200
David Freese, 3B2000110 .272
   a-Matt Adams, PH1112000 .290
Jon Jay, CF3110102 .261
Tony Cruz, C3111001 .238
Pete Kozma, SS3010000 .236
Joe Kelly, P2001000 .200
   Daniel Descalso, 3B1000010 .263
Totals3058537  
a-homered for Rosenthal in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jon Jay (17, Kershaw), Pete Kozma (18, Kershaw)
HR - Carlos Beltran (20, League), Matt Adams (9, League)
RBI - Carlos Beltran (60), Matt Adams 2 (34), Tony Cruz (11), Joe Kelly (1)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Adams 2 (14)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Freese-M. Carpenter-Craig, Freese-M. Carpenter-Craig-M. Carpenter-Kozma-Craig, Freese-M. Carpenter-Craig-M. Carpenter-Kozma-Craig-Kozma-Craig, Freese-M. Carpenter-Craig-M. Carpenter-Kozma-Craig-Kozma-Craig-Kozma-M. Carpenter-Craig
E - David Freese (6, Dropped line drive)
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Joe Kelly (W,3-3) 5.1611210 2.98
Randy Choate 0100000 2.70
Seth Maness (H,9) 1100000 2.52
Kevin Siegrist (H,3) 0.1000100 0.98
Trevor Rosenthal (H,25) 1.1000020 2.19
Edward Mujica 1100000 1.93
Pitches-Strikes - Joe Kelly 88-49, Randy Choate 6-3, Seth Maness 7-6, Kevin Siegrist 10-5, Trevor Rosenthal 23-13, Edward Mujica 13-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Kelly 9-4, Seth Maness 2-0, Kevin Siegrist 1-0, Edward Mujica 3-0
Batters Faced - Joe Kelly 22, Randy Choate 1, Seth Maness 3, Kevin Siegrist 2, Trevor Rosenthal 4, Edward Mujica 4
Game Information
Attendance - 41770
Game Time - 3:14
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - Jim Joyce, First Base - Jeff Nelson, Second Base - Jim Wolf, Third Base - Mike Estabrook