A.J. Ellis hit a solo home run and drove in two while Matt Kemp scored twice and drove in two runs for the Dodgers, who came into the series having lost two of three to the Rockies. Hiroki Kuroda (10-14) was solid in seven innings to win his third straight start, as he gave up just three runs on eight hits with a walk and four strikeouts.
Gerald Laird hit a two-run homer and Skip Schumaker went 4-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored for the Cardinals, who have lost five of their last six games. Jaime Garcia (10-7) dropped his third straight decision after allowing seven runs on nine hits over just five innings.