National League Game Summary - St. Louis at Los Angeles|
(Sunday, May 20th)
Final Score: Los Angeles 6, St. Louis 5
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Scott Van Slyke hit a go-ahead, three-run
homer in the seventh inning on Sunday and the Dodgers defeated the Cardinals,
6-5, to complete a three-game sweep.
It was the first career home run for Van Slyke, who was called up from the
minors on May 9. Andre Ethier and James Loney added an RBI apiece for Los
Angeles, which beat St. Louis for the seventh straight time.
Chad Billingsley allowed five runs -- three earned -- in a six-inning start
and Javy Guerra (2-3) tossed a scoreless seventh to pick up the win. Kenley
Jansen faced the minimum in the ninth for his fifth save of the season.
Skip Schumaker had a two-run triple and Rafael Furcal added a pair of RBI for
the Cardinals, losers of four straight overall.
Starter Kyle Lohse was charged with three runs over 5 2/3 innings and Marc
Rzepczynski (0-2) gave up Van Slyke's homer to absorb the loss.
"We just have to keep going out there and find ways to win and ways to get it
done, we're not doing that right now," said Lohse. "I feel like I could've
pitched better, deeper into the game, so I take that responsibility."
There were two outs when Van Slyke came to the plate as a pinch-hitter in the
seventh. Elian Herrera and Bobby Abreu had already reached with singles and
Van Slyke began the at-bat by taking three straight balls. He was given the
green light and deposited Rzepczynski's next pitch -- an 84 mile-per-hour
changeup -- into the seats in left for a 6-5 lead.
"Not only hitting the home run but having it mean something and helping the
team win was a little more exciting than the actual home run," said Van Slyke.
Earlier, the Dodgers went on top 1-0 when Herrera, Abreu and Ethier singled in
succession in the first inning. They loaded the bases in the fourth but only
managed to push one run across on Loney's double-play groundout.
The Cardinals, who left the bases loaded in the second inning, responded with
a three-run fifth. Runners were at the corners after Daniel Descalso led off
with a single and Furcal reached on an error by Billingsley. Schumaker then
belted a triple to right and later scored on Carlos Beltran's groundout for a
Furcal added a two-run single an inning later and Loney lined a base hit to
left field on the heels of Adam Kennedy's triple in the bottom of the sixth to
make it 5-3.
The Dodgers earned their first home sweep of the Cardinals since June 7-9,
2010...They improved their major league-leading home record to 19-4...Los
Angeles improved to 23-6 when scoring first in a game...The Cardinals placed
Lance Berkman on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday with a right knee injury
and recalled first baseman Matt Adams from Triple-A Memphis. Adams went 2-
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