ST. LOUIS(AP) 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.
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.
''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
said. ''To bounce back, it doesn't surprise me.''
The Dodgers were 4 for 11 with runners in scoring position after going 4 for 25 the first three games.
(3-2) worked a perfect ninth and
, 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
, who lined a game-winning single off
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
for two Double-A players.
was 3 for 18 in the series with no RBIs and he's 4 for 26 in his last six games with no RBIs. 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
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 RBIs.
Holliday is the first Cardinal since
in 2003 to hit safely in his first seven games.
walked with one out against
(0-2), Blake singled and the runners advanced on a wild pitch. With two outs, Kemp lined a single off
, 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
on three pitches.
Four straight Dodgers reached against
with one out in the seventh. Pinch-hitter
had an infield hit and scored from first on
's two-run double that put Los Angeles ahead 3-2.
Ankiel homered leading off the eighth, ending
's scoreless streak at 20 1-3 innings and tying it at 3.
Both starters were pulled after six innings.
allowed 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
gave up two runs on four hits for the Dodgers.
NOTES: Cardinals SS
bruised his left ankle on a foul ball in the second and was replaced by
. 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
from Triple-A Memphis Friday to start the opener of a three-game series with Houston. Boggs replaces Wellemeyer.