The Cardinals wrapped up their 7-game home stand this afternoon with a 7-4 victory against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Jake Westbrook (9-8) started for the Cards, giving up 7 hits and 4 runs over 7 innings. Westbrook’s 7 IP extends the Cards’ streak to 21 straight starts in which their starters have gone six or more innings pitched. Mitchell Boggs relieved Westbrook in the eighth and threw a scoreless inning, making it Boggs’ 18th straight such outing. In the ninth, Jason Motte sealed the victory by striking out the side.
Dodgers’ starting pitcher Chris Capauno gave up 11 hits and 6 runs over 4 1/3 innings. The game remained scoreless until the fourth inning with a Matt Carpenter RBI-single, scoring Allen Craig and sending David Freese to second. Tony Cruz, who got the start to give Yadier Molina the day off, proceeded by driving Freese home with a single to right.
The Dodgers came back strong in the top of the fifth inning when first baseman Juan Rivera singled to shallow left, scoring Andre Ethier and sending Hanley Ramirez to second. The Dodgers followed with two more RBI singles by Luis Cruz and Matt Treanor and a sacrifice fly by Capuano.
What occurred in the top of the fifth was exactly the kind of fight this team has been showing as of late — the offense answered the Dodgers’ four-run spot with run-scoring hits from Craig, Freeze, and Cruz, getting the Cards back in the game. An inning later, Matt Holliday launched home run to deep center field, his tenth of the season.
After going 1-5 on a road trip to begin the second half, the Cardinals rebounded by going 6-1 on the home stand and have been working on all cylinders as of late. They are currently 1.5 games back of the second wild card spot and 5.5 games back of the division-leading Cincinnati Reds.
What’s Next? The Cardinals will travel to Chicago for a weekend series starting Friday afternoon (1:20 p.m. CT) at Wrigley Field. The six-game, seven-day trip will bring the Cardinals to Colorado for a three game series vs. the Rockies (7/31-8/2).