Matt Kemp Hits Walk-Off Home Run, Dodgers Avoid Sweep With 2-1 Win Over Cardinals

The Dodgers host Atlanta for four games at Dodger Stadium beginning Monday night.

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Dodgers Beat Cardinals 2-1 On Matt Kemp Walk-Off Home Run

Matt Kemp hit a two-run home run off Ryan Franklin in the bottom of the ninth inning, giving the Los Angeles Dodgers a 2-1 walkoff win over the St. Louis Cardinals at Dodger Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The win snapped a five-game losing streak for the Dodgers, who also avoided a four-game sweep at the hands of the Cardinals. Jonathan Broxton, despite giving up the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth, picked up the victory for the Dodgers.

It seemed like the run by St. Louis in the top of the ninth off Broxton -- an RBI single by David Freese, knocking in Matt Holliday, who had three hits and two doubles in the game -- would be enough to ruin a great pitching performance by Chad Billingsley. The Cardinals had scored 66 runs in their previous seven games, including 29 in the first three contests this weekend at Dodger Stadium, but Billingsley shut them out for eight innings.

"He was great today," manager Don Mattingly said of Billingsley. "I kept letting him go and he was clean all day. His stuff was good and sharp. That club is on fire, so to stop that momentum there was huge." Billingsley had 11 strikeouts against just two walks on the day.

The Dodgers next host the Atlanta Braves for four games, beginning Monday night at Dodger Stadium. Ted Lilly will face Tim Hudson in the series opener tomorrow night.

For more news and information on the Dodgers, or on today's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.

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Dodgers Vs. Cardinals Starting Lineups

The Dodgers look to snap a five-game losing streak Sunday in their series finale at Dodger Stadium. Chad Billingsley starts for L.A, with Chris Carpenter pitching for St. Louis. Here are today's starting lineups:

Cardinals (8-7)

Theriot SS
Rasmus CF
Pujols 1B
Holliday LF
Berkman RF
Freese 3B
Molina C
Descalso 2B
Carpenter P

Dodgers (6-9)

Gwynn LF
Carroll SS
Ethier RF
Kemp CF
Uribe 3B
Loney 1B
Barajas C
Miles 2B
Billingsley P

Today's 1:10 p.m. PDT game will be televised by Prime Ticket.

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Dodgers Turn To Billingsley To Stop Losing Streak, Avoid Cardinals Sweep

The Los Angeles Dodgers are reeling, having lost five straight contests, and in desperate need of a win. They turn to Chad Billingsley Sunday, trying to avoid a four-game sweep at the hands of the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals, who have outscored the Dodgers 29-9 in the first three games of the series, will counter with Chris Carpenter.

Both starting pitchers have struggled of late. Billingsley got a win in the second game of the season for the Dodgers, but has allowed nine runs in eight innings over his last two starts, pushing his record to 1-1 on the season with a 7.71 ERA. Billingsley also had a 7.07 ERA after three starts last season, then proceeded to finish the year 12-11 with a 3.57 ERA. Carpenter is 0-2 with a 5.82 ERA in three starts, and allowed eight runs in four innings in Arizona in his last start on Tuesday.

Dodgers' relief pitcher Vicente Padilla will begin a rehab assignment Sunday with the Class A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. Padilla is expected to throw 25 pitches this afternoon. Andre Ethier has a 13-game hitting streak, the longest in MLB this season. Today's 1:10 p.m. PDT game will be televised on Prime Ticket.

For more news and information on the Dodgers, or on today's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.

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