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                 === Gonzalez leads Dodgers past Cardinals ===
 
 Los  Angeles, CA  (Sports Network) - Adrian Gonzalez went 3-for-3 with a homer
 and  three RBI as  the Los Angeles Dodgers edged the St. Louis Cardinals, 5-3,
 in the middle test of a three-game set at Dodger Stadium.
 
 Mark  Ellis and Juan  Uribe both added RBI doubles for the Dodgers, winners in
 three  of their last  five games. Nick Punto went 3-for-4 and scored a pair of
 runs in the triumph.
 
 Paco  Rodriguez (1-2)  earned  the win  after tossing  one  perfect inning  in
 relief.  Brandon League  hurled a scoreless ninth  to pick up his 10th save of
 the season.
 
 Starter  Ted  Lilly gave up two  runs -- one earned  -- on two hits over 5 1/3
 innings,  his  first outing since returning  from the disabled list on May 20.
 Lilly  landed on the  DL after suffering a right rib cage strain. The 37-year-
 old  southpaw  also missed the  first 19 games  of the season while recovering
 from surgery on the labrum in his left shoulder.
 
 "I  was hoping to go a little deeper. My timing was a little in and out and my
 command  wasn't as  sharp, but it was the  best I've thrown the ball in a long
 time," said Lilly.
 
 Yadier  Molina went  3-for-4 with an RBI  and a run scored, while David Freese
 and  Pete Kozma chipped  in with one RBI apiece for the Cardinals, who had won
 three-straight games entering the contest.
 
 Seth  Maness (3-1) was  charged with the loss after giving up the go-ahead run
 in the sixth inning.
 
 Starter  John Gast was  forced the leave the game in the second inning with an
 apparent  shoulder injury. He  allowed one run on one hit and two walks before
 exiting the contest.
 
 "I didn't like the loss, and I didn't like losing our pitcher, but I liked our
 guys  fight. We  just couldn't  capitalize on  opportunities," said  Cardinals
 manager Mike Matheny.
 
 St.  Louis  jumped out  to an early  lead in the  first inning. Matt Carpenter
 singled,  moved to second on a fielding error by Punto then scored on Molina's
 double.  Molina  lifted a  soft fly  ball to left-center  field that Scott Van
 Slyke  laid  out for,  but the  ball bounced off  his glove allowing Carpenter
 to come around.
 
 The  Dodgers answered  with a run of  their own in the home half. Punto walked
 and Gonzalez followed two batter later with a double to center.
 
 Gonzalez added an RBI single in the third to put Los Angeles on top 2-1. Punto
 opened  the  frame with a  double and Ellis  was hit by a  pitch to put two on
 with no outs. Gonzalez followed with a base hit to center to score Punto.
 
 Gonzalez  continued to  brutalize St. Louis' pitchers in the fifth, clubbing a
 solo homer to make it 3-1,
 
 The Cards, though, tied it up with a pair of runs in the sixth inning.
 
 With  two  on and two  out, Freese  cracked a double  to center to score Allen
 Craig.  After  Ronald Belisario was  internationally walked to load the bases,
 Pete Kozma ripped an infield single to the left side, plating Molina.
 
 The Dodgers added one in the home half to take a 4-3 edge. Crawford reached on
 a Carpenter fielding error then scored on Ellis' double to left.
 
 Uribe's RBI double in the eighth accounted for the final margin.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Gonzalez  also walked twice ... The Dodgers were just 2-for-12 with runners in
 scoring  position  ... Los Angeles  holds a slim 1,009-1,007-16 advantage over
 the  Cardinals in the  all-time series ... St. Louis lost on the road for just
 the ninth time this season.
 
 05/25 23:44:28 ET