St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Holliday hits a single in the ninth inning to score Jon Jay, giving the Cardinals a 5-4 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in a baseball game Sunday, July 18, 2010, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson
Los Angeles Dodgers' Blake DeWitt walks off the field as members of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrate their 5-4 victory in a baseball game Sunday, July 18, 2010, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson
Los Angeles Dodgers' Andre Ethier sits in the dugout after losing 5-4 to the St. Louis Cardinals in baseball game Sunday, July 18, 2010, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Matt Holliday drove in the winning run with two outs in the ninth inning, and the St. Louis Cardinals rallied from a four-run deficit to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-4 on Sunday and finish a four-game sweep.
Allen Craig filled in for Albert Pujols and performed just like the Cardinals' All-Star first baseman, driving in three runs in the final two innings on his 26th birthday.
Pujols got a day off from the starting lineup for only the second time this season.
Craig put the Cardinals on the board with a two-run double off reliever Justin Miller in the eighth that made it 4-2, and he singled to center off Jonathan Broxton (3-1) with two outs in the ninth to knot the game at 4-4. Holliday followed with an RBI single over Andre Ethier's head in right field, bringing home Jon Jay with the winning run.
Ryan Franklin (4-1) pitched the ninth for the win as the Cardinals completed their first four-game sweep of Los Angeles since taking consecutive doubleheaders July 7-8, 1987.
Broxton entered the game with one out in the eighth inning and threw 44 pitches while blowing his third save in 22 chances. It was his first loss since Sept. 27 at Pittsburgh.
Garret Anderson had a pinch-hit RBI double and Matt Kemp brought home a run with a walk for Los Angeles, which wasted a superb effort by Vicente Padilla. He allowed only one hit while pitching six scoreless innings.
The Dodgers took their first lead of the four-game series in the fifth inning against St. Louis starter Jeff Suppan. With one out and runners on first and third, Padilla chopped a ball over the head of third baseman Felipe Lopez and into the corner in left to score Xavier Paul.
Los Angeles added three more runs off reliever Mitchell Boggs in the seventh, but the Cardinals closed to 4-2 in the eighth on Craig's double to left with one out off reliever Justin Miller. Broxton came on and allowed Randy Winn's RBI single before getting out of the inning.
Padilla faced a Cardinals starting lineup without several regulars, including Pujols and fellow All-Star Yadier Molina.
Notes: Dodgers 1B James Loney, who was helped off the field in the ninth inning with cramps Saturday, was held out of the starting lineup. ... Dodgers manager Joe Torre, a former Cardinals player and manager, received a standing ovation prior to the sixth inning when his birthday was announced. He tipped his cap from the top step of the dugout. ... Padilla was 1 for 13 before his RBI double.
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