Blue Crew Halt Skid


The Dodgers vanquished a five-game losing streak when Matt Kemp socked his third home run and propelled the Blue Crew to a 2-1 win over St. Louis last Sunday at Chavez Ravine.

Kemp’s two-run blast to center field in the ninth inning off closer Ryan Franklin scored Andre Ethier, who doubled and is batting .377.

“I asked [Manager] Don Mattingly if he wanted me to bunt,’’ said Kemp, the National League’s leading hitter at .474. “He said, ‘No. Go drive him in.’‘’

Was Kemp sure it was out? “I knew I hit it really good,’’ he said. “It went over the fence.’’

Dodgers’ reliever Jonathan Broxton (1-0) was credited with the victory, but allowed the Cardinals (8-8) to take a 1-0 lead in the top of the ninth on David Freese’s bloop single that plated Matt Holliday, who reached on a two-base hit.

Chad Billingsley didn’t get a decision, but struck out 11 with two walks and two hits in eight innings for the Dodgers (7-9).

In the other three games, the Red Birds tallied 29 runs with 48 hits, and routed the Dodgers 9-2 on Saturday behind Allen Craig’s three-run homer in the fifth against Clayton Kershaw, who fanned five, walked five with five runs in four and two-third innings.

The Cardinals (19 hits) captured Friday’s encounter, 11-2, as Albert Pujols and Lance Berkman each clobbered two homers.

Pujols (two hits and two runs scored) had three runs batted in, and Berkman (two hits with two runs scored) chimed in with two RBIs for the Cards, who led 3-0 after two, 4-2 through four, and 6-2 after five innings. St. Louis made it a nine-run lead with a four-run ninth.

Kemp drove in a run and collected two hits for the Dodgers, who managed seven hits.

St. Louis rapped out 16 hits and won, 9-5, on Thursday as Holliday drove in three with three hits, and Pujols smashed a solo homer with two runs scored.

Kemp unloaded a home run with two singles, had two RBIs and two runs scored. Jamey Carroll had three hits and scored twice with an RBI.

San Francisco took Wednesday’s encounter 4-3 at AT&T Park as Jonathan Sanchez (1-1) whiffed nine, walked two, surrendered seven hits and three runs (earned) over six innings. Mike Fontenot (two hits) drove in two runs.

Aaron Rowand tripled and scored on a wild pitch as the Giants emerged with a 5-4 win Tuesday.

Ethier (two hits) had two RBIs, and Carroll three hits during the Dodgers’ 6-1 victory Monday as Kershaw walked two and struck out seven in six and two-third innings.

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