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Kemp's homer in 9th sends Dodgers past Cardinals

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St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a major league baseball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, April 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo) By Alex Gallardo St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a major league baseball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, April 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo) By Alex Gallardo

 

 

 

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Matt Kemp hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning, giving the Los Angeles Dodgers a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday that ended their five-game losing skid.

Kemp homered to center field on the first pitch he saw from Ryan Franklin (0-2). Andre Ethier led off with a double off Trever Miller, extending his major league-leading hitting streak to 14 games.

Jonathan Broxton (1-0) got the win despite giving up a two-out RBI single in the top of the ninth by David Freese.

The victory prevented the Cardinals from earning their first four-game sweep in Los Angeles since 1968. Their four-game winning streak also ended after piling up 48 hits in the first three games of the series.

Chris Carpenter and Chad Billingsley dueled in a matchup of two of the National League's best daytime starters over the last five-plus seasons.

Carpenter allowed five hits over seven innings, struck out six and walked none.

Billingsley gave up a season-low two hits over eight innings, struck out a season-high 11, and walked none in his longest outing of the season.

It was Kemp's second career game-winning homer. The other came last June 1 in a 1-0, 10-inning win over Arizona.

The only other time the Dodgers advanced a runner to third came with two outs in the third. Tony Gwynn Jr. was safe at first on a fielding error by shortstop Ryan Theriot. He moved to third on Jamey Carroll's infield single before Ethier lined out to first to end the inning.

The Cardinals didn't advance a runner to third until the eighth. Yadier Molina was safe at second when Ethier tried to shade his eyes with his left hand while attempting to make the catch in right field, but the ball dropped behind him for an error.

Daniel Descalso sacrificed Molina to third, but pinch-hitter John Jay struck out and Ryan Theriot flied to right to end the inning.

NOTES: The Cardinals' streak of scoring six or more runs ended at seven games, something they hadn't done since July 25-Aug. 3, 2004, when they did so in eight straight. ... The Dodgers avoided their first four-game sweep at home since Aug. 9-12, 1993, against Colorado. ... Kemp came in leading the majors with a .453 batting average and has now hit safely in 14 of the Dodgers' 16 games. Last year, he led the team in homers with 28.

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