St. Louis Cardinals

Cardinals, Lackey blank Dodgers

Cardinals 3, Dodgers 0

John Lackey threw seven scoreless innings, walked one and struck out nine and Randal Grichuk and Jhonny Peralta had RBI doubles Friday as the St. Louis Cardinals extended their winning streak to five by defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers before 44,223 satisfied fans.

Stats that mattered

Lackey (3-3), who yielded a paltry five hits, won for the first time since May 7 against the Chicago Cubs. He threw 96 pitches, 66 for strikes, and lowered his ERA at Busch Stadium to 1.30. ... The first seven hitters in the St. Louis order had at least one hit, with Peralta collecting two doubles. ... The Cardinals improved to a major league-best 32-16, including 19-5 at home. ... Trevor Rosenthal posed his 14th save.

Up next

Michael Wacha (7-0, 1.87 ERA) will try to become the first Cardinals pitcher to go 8-0 since Matt Morris in 2005 when he opposes Carlos Frias (3-2, 5.34 ERA) at 6:15 p.m. Saturday.