Dodgers Beat Cardinals for Second Straight Night, 5-3

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Dodgers starting pitcher Scott Kazmir stymied the Cardinals for eight and two thirds innings, leading Los Angeles to a 5-3 win on Saturday night at Chavez Ravine. Kazmir had allowed just one run on three hits heading into the 9th inning. Pinch hitter Jeremy Hazelbaker made it  interesting with a two run home run, his 7th of the season to cut the Dodgers lead to 5-3. The Dodgers then called on closer Kenley Jansen for the save. He struck out Aledmys Diaz for the game’s final out and his 13th save.

Carlos Martinez started for the Cardinals. He allowed four runs in five innings and absorbed the loss (4-3). It’s the third straight loss for the now slumping Martinez. The Dodgers got home runs from Adrian Gonzalez and Corey Seager to pace their offense. The Cardinals (19-18) will try to avoid a series sweep tomorrow night in Los Angeles. Mike Leake pitches for the Cardinals in the 7:00 PM start.