St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Kyle Lohse throws to the plate during the first inning of their Major League Baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Friday, April 15, 2011, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) By Mark J. Terrill
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Albert Pujols and Lance Berkman each homered in consecutive at-bats and the St. Louis Cardinals sent the Los Angeles Dodgers to their fourth consecutive loss, 11-2 on Friday night.
The Cardinals' offense continued unabated as they reached .500 for the first time this season, with five wins in their last six games. They battered the Dodgers' staff for 19 hits a night after winning the series opener 9-5 and collecting 16 hits.
In their five games since Monday -- three against Arizona -- the Cardinals have hit 13 homers and scored 51 runs. They've had 14 or more hits in five consecutive games for the first time since Aug. 31-Sept. 7, 1930, when they did so in six straight.
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