LOS ANGELES (AP) — Matt Carpenter homered, Yadier Molina had a tiebreaking 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 two 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 multihomer 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.