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Cards hit parade continues in win over Dodgers

Apr 15, 2011 - 6:20 AM Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Matt Holliday went 3-for-5 with three runs batted in and two runs scored, as the St. Louis Cardinals continued their offensive tear with a 9-5 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the opener of a four-game series.

Yadier Molina went 2-for-4 with two RBI for the Cardinals, who have recorded 14 or more hits in each their past four games for the first time since doing so from May 30-June 2, 1979 (65 total). St. Louis had 16 hits on Thursday to bring its total to 53 over the current streak.

Albert Pujols hit a solo home run and scored twice for the Cardinals, who got five innings from starter Jaime Garcia (2-0). The left-hander gave up three runs -- two earned -- on eight hits.

"We've been swinging the bats well the last five or six games," Holliday said.

Matt Kemp went 3-for-5 with a solo homer, two RBI and two runs scored for the Dodgers, who have lost three in a row.

LA starter Hiroki Kuroda (2-1) allowed six runs -- five earned -- on 10 hits over five full frames. The Japanese right-hander also stuck out three.

"This is the kind of club that's going to score," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "We have to find a way to shut them down."

Kemp's RBI single in the first inning gave Los Angeles the early edge.

The Cardinals responded with two runs in the second to go in front for good. With runners on second and third and one out, Molina singled to left to knock in a run then Daniel Descalso followed with a sacrifice fly to make it 2-1.

Holliday's infield single in the third plated another run, but the Dodgers got the run back in the home half on Juan Uribe's RBI double.

The teams exchanged runs again in the fourth. Ryan Theriot's run-scoring single in the top half of the frame was followed by Jamey Carroll crossing the plate on a passed ball by Molina.

The Cardinals used a two-run fifth to take a 6-3 margin. Pujols got things started with a one-out homer to left. Lance Berkman and Skip Schumaker followed with consecutive singles to put men on the corners. Berkman crossed the plate on Kuroda's wild pitch.

St. Louis tacked on three more runs in the seventh to open the game up. Holliday hit a two-run double off Lance Cormier and came around to score on Molina's double to right for a 9-3 lead.

Carroll drove in a run with a single in the eighth and Kemp accounted for the final margin with a homer in the ninth.

Game Notes

After the Dodgers swept the Cardinals in three games in LA last June, St. Louis returned the favor by taking all four meetings in July at Busch Stadium...LA started an eight-game homestand on Thursday...Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier extended his hitting streak to 11 games...St. Louis' club mark for consecutive 14-plus hit games is six -- done in both 1922 and 1930...Berkman had homered in three straight games coming in.

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  • ST. LOUIS: 9

    Apr 15 1:14 AM

  • Matt Kemp one-out, solo Home Run (2) to center. Juan Uribe due up.

    Cardinals 9, Dodgers 5  Bot 9, 1 OutApr 15 1:12 AM

  • Jamey Carroll singled to center scored James Loney with two out. Runners on first and second with Casey Blake due up.

    Cardinals 9, Dodgers 4  Bot 8, 2 OutsApr 15 12:54 AM

  • Yadier Molina doubled to right scored Matt Holliday with two out. Runner on second and Daniel Descalso due up.

    Cardinals 9, Dodgers 3  Top 7, 2 OutsApr 15 12:23 AM

  • Matt Holliday doubled to right scored Colby Rasmus and Albert Pujols with none out.Runner on second and Lance Berkman due up.

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  • Lance Berkman scored on a Hiroki Kuroda wild pitch with two out. On the play, Skip Schumaker advances to third on the wild pitch. Runner on third and Yadier Molina at the plate.

    Cardinals 6, Dodgers 3  Top 5, 2 OutsApr 14 11:50 PM

  • Albert Pujols one-out, solo Home Run (2) to left. Matt Holliday due up.

    Cardinals 5, Dodgers 3  Top 5, 1 OutApr 14 11:41 PM

  • Jamey Carroll scores on Yadier Molina's passed ball with two out. None on and Andre Ethier at the plate.

    Cardinals 4, Dodgers 3  Bot 4, 2 OutsApr 14 11:35 PM

  • Ryan Theriot singled to right scored Daniel Descalso with two out. On the play, Jaime Garcia was thrown out at third from right to third to end the inning.

    Cardinals 4, Dodgers 2  Mid 4Apr 14 11:26 PM

  • Juan Uribe doubled to left scored Matt Kemp with none out. Runner on second and James Loney due up.

    Cardinals 3, Dodgers 2  Bot 3, 0 OutsApr 14 11:09 PM

  • Matt Holliday infield single to short scored Colby Rasmus with two out. Runner on first and Lance Berkman due up.

    Cardinals 3, Dodgers 1  Top 3, 2 OutsApr 14 10:59 PM

  • Daniel Descalso sacrifice fly out to right scored Lance Berkman with two out. Runner on first and Jaime Garcia due up.

    Cardinals 2, Dodgers 1  Top 2, 2 OutsApr 14 10:39 PM

  • Yadier Molina singled to left scored Matt Holliday with one out. Runners on first and third with Daniel Descalso due up.

    Cardinals 1, Dodgers 1  Top 2, 1 OutApr 14 10:38 PM

  • Matt Kemp singled to center scored Jamey Carroll with one out. Runners on first and second with Juan Uribe due up.

    Cardinals 0, Dodgers 1  Bot 1, 1 OutApr 14 10:23 PM

  • ST. LOUIS: 0
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