By pounding the Dodgers 11-3 Sunday, the Cardinals completed their first four-game series of the Dodgers in St. Louis since July 7-8, 1987, when they won back-to-back twi-night doubleheaders.
The similarities continue in that the four-game sweep completed Sunday stretched a Cardinals winning streak to seven games -- longest since a nine-gamer in 2004 -- just as it did in July 1987, when the streak eventually grew to nine games.
This, of course, is the same Cardinals team that had an eight-game losing streak as recently as June 20-27. Third base coach Jose Oquendo, asked if he had been concerned by that streak, answered, "Yes -- and no.
"Yes, I was worried by the way the team was going. But no, because I knew the team would pull through. I had a lot of confidence in this team." Pitching coach Dave Duncan said, however, "When you have an eight-game losing streak, you're fortunate if you have a seven-game winning streak to kind of cancel it. We're a pretty good team. We just got off track there for a while."
REPLAY: Albert Pujols drove in a run in each of his first three at-bats en route to a four-hit day, raising his average to .328, and the Cardinals pounded the Dodgers 11-3 Sunday. Pujols has nine RBIs in his last six games.
Right-hander Anthony Reyes, winless in his last five starts, lasted five innings in 93-degree heat to gain his second win.
--LHP Randy Flores, who has missed the last week with some elbow soreness, threw in the bullpen before Sunday's game. He might be available Monday.
--RHP Jeff Weaver will make his Cardinals debut Monday night at Busch Stadium against Atlanta.
--C Yadier Molina had three hits and drove in a season-high-tying three runs. They were his first RBIs since July 2.
--Cardinals pitchers have given up only four earned runs in their last 39 innings.