Cards outslugged Dodgers 13-8

Hits came cheap and pitchers were battered as the Dodgers and Cardinals stood toe to toe and slugged it out at Holman Stadium.

Los Angeles trailed early although a four-run rally in the last of the sixth pulled them within one, 9-8, that was as close as they could come.

Kaz Ishii had another rough outing, allowing seven hits and five runs in three innings, earning he loss in the process. Edwin Jackson didn't have his good stuff and gave up six hits and six runs in 2.2 innings, although a botched double play could have saved him three runs.

Eric Gagne was untouchable in his one inning, Steve Colyer and Orlando Rodriguez each gave up a run and Duaner Sanchez threw a rare shutout inning.

Jason Romano continued to blaze, slugging a pair of home runs and a single giving him four runs batted in. The young outfielder has five hits in his last seven at-bats and boosted his average to an even .400. Included in his hits are three home runs after collecting only four homers in 216 career minor league at-bats and none during his 127 at-bats in the majors.

Paul Lo Duca singled and doubles in three trips and Luis Garcia had a pair of singles. Speedy Shane Victorino banged a two-run triple

The loss dropped the Dodgers to 5-5.