Albert Pujols was main protagonist in the series, adding a 4-for-5 afternoon with three RBI to his series total of 9-for-17 (.519)with two homers, including one in the 14th inning off Odalis Perez on Thursday night.
St. Louis rode his efforts against Brad Penny (10-3) in a 11-3 victory Sunday afternoon that lost all of its mystery as early as the fifth inning when they took a 6-1 lead against the N.L. All-Star Game starter .
The Dodgers are proud of their rookies, and have every right to be, but Anthony Reyes worked five solid innings and fellow rookie Chris Duncan had his second straight three-hit game for the Cardinals as they swept a four-game series from the Dodgers for the first time since winning a pair of doubleheaders on July 7-8, 1987.
Penny worked two strong innings in the summer classic, striking out three in the first inning and allowing one hit. But he was no match for the suddenly-sizzling Cardinals who have seemingly found their groove after floundering about in the first half of the season. The win was their seven in a row, the team's best streak since a nine-game run in 2004.
The Los Angeles offence was named Olmedo Saenz this afternoon, just as the first game was named Nomar Garciaparra and the third game named J.D. Drew. The second game had no name at all since they were shut out.
Saenz homered in the second and added a double and a single, for the Dodgers who have lost five of six. They totaled six runs in the series -- and average of 1.5 per game. Kenny Lofton had three hits and a steal and Andre Ethier had a pair of singles
Pujols knocked in Duncan three times in the first five innings and between them they were a combined 6-for-6. Pujols had an RBI double in the first, a run-scoring single in the third that put the Cardinals ahead for good at 3-2, and an RBI double in the fifth.
He added an infield hit against Perez in the seventh, making him 11-for-17 (.647) with five homers against the Dodgers reliever who has been beaten like kindergarten drum most of the season.
The Dodgers dropped to 46-46 on the season but are still in the N.L. West "race", trailing San Diego and San Francisco. After a day off, they move to New Mexico to battle Arizona for three games before returing home to meet the (gasp!) St. Louis bullies again for three.
Score by innings Dodgers 020 000 000- 2 St. Louis 102 030 32x-11 Dodgers ab r h bi ave Furcal ss 4 0 0 0 .269 Lofton cf 3 0 3 1 .295 Drew rf 4 0 0 0 .283 Kent 2b 4 0 1 0 .263 Martinez 2b 0 0 0 0 .333 Saenz 1b 4 2 3 0 .310 Ethier lf 4 1 2 0 .341 Izturis 3b 4 0 1 0 .282 Martin c 4 0 1 1 .281 Penny p 2 0 0 0 .231 Beimel p 0 0 0 0 .000 Ledee ph 0 0 0 0 .242 Cruz ph 1 0 0 0 .234 Perez p 0 0 0 0 .067 Totals 34 3 11 3 St.Louis 40 11 15 11 Error- Izturis. 2B - Ethier (11); Saenz (13). HR - Saenz (8). RBI - Saenz (36), Martin (36), Izturis (8). LOB- Los Angeles 5. St. Louis 6. SB- Lofton (16). Dodgers in h r-er bb so era Penny (10-3) 5.0 10 6-6 1 5 3.26 Beimel 1.0 0 0-0 0 1 3.00 Perez 2.0 5 5-4 0 1 7.19 WP- Penny. Time- 2:49. Attendance- 44,741.Dodger Blue Notes-- Third baseman Cesar Izturis left for Los Angeles after the game for the birth of his second child on Monday. The team will play a man short for a few days. ... Cardinals CF Jim Edmonds made a nice running catch at the warning track to rob Andre Ethier of extra bases and perhaps two RBI in top of the third. ...1B Nomar Garciaparra, hitless in the last three games after a 22-game hitting streak was 1-for-13 since the All-Star break, and was given the day off.