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Game 97: Cardinals 8, Dodgers 2

The Cardinals on Tuesday broke their eight-game losing streak against the Dodgers thanks to a six run outburst in the sixth inning that led to an 8-2 decision.

Clayton Kershaw out-dueled St. Louis ace Adam Wainwright into the fifth inning, carrying a 2-0 lead until the St. Louis starter took things into his own hands. With Daniel Descalso on base and two outs, Wainwright gapped a double to cut the lead to 2-1. Then he scored to tie the game on a hit by Rafael Furcal.

In the sixth, St. Louis took the lead when Matt Holliday walked and Carlos Beltran doubled. David Freese singled in Holliday to put the Redbirds ahead 3-2 with runners at the corners and no outs. Freese stole second as Yadier Molina struck out to make it second and third with one down. And then Matt Carpenter popped up to keep the score the same with two out. The Dodgers walked Descalso intentionally to bring up Wainwright. Then Kershaw walked his counterpart unintentionally to make the score 4-2.

After that the wheels fell off for the Brooklyn Dodgers of Los Angeles. Furcal plated two runs with a ball up the middle that went about 100 feet. Then Allen Craig doubled into the gap to plate two more and make the score 8-2.

Wainwright, when he wasn't leading his team with his bat, scattered seven Dodger hits and a walk over 7 1/3 innings while striking out seven. He allowed two earned runs to lower his season ERA to 4.31 and improved his record to 8-10.

Marc Rzepczynski relieved and notched his eighth consecutive scoreless appearance and knocked his ERA below 5.00 for the first time in a long time -- to 4.96.

Cardinals Star of the Game: Wainwright

Cardinals Play of the Game: Wainwright's two-out hit to put the Redbirds on the board in the fifth inning.

Lowlight: St. Louis first baseman Lance Berkman after he was hit flush on the knee with a pitch. Berkman tried to remain in the game, but didn't seem like he could run at all and he was lifted.

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