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Molina’s pinch-hit double lifts Cardinals over Dodgers 5-2

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St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina runs to position for a game against the Washington Nationals at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on April 30, 2016. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Matt Carpenter homered, Yadier Molina had a tie breaking two-run double in the top of the seventh inning and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-2 on Sunday night to avoid being swept in the three-game series.

Molina pinch hit for starting pitcher Mike Leake and put the Cardinals up 3-1 when he lined reliever Joe Blanton’s pitch into the left field corner with two outs. Stephen Piscotty followed with an RBI single off Blanton wo batters later.

Leake (2-3) pitched six innings to win his second straight start, and Trevor Rosenthal got his seventh save.

Corey Seager homered twice for the Dodgers, the first multi-homer game of his career.

J.P. Howell (1-1) took the loss after allowing a one-out single to Jeremy Hazelbaker, who scored on Molina’s double.