May 20, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Scott Van Slyke (33) is greeted at home plate after hitting a three run home run in the seventh inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE

Dodgers Vs. Cardinals: Scott Van Slyke Pinch-Hit Home Run Seals L.A. Sweep

The Dodgers are 19-4 at home this season.

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Dodgers Vs. Cardinals Final Score: Scott Van Slyke Home Run Finishes L.A. Sweep, 6-5

Scott Van Slyke hit his first major league home run, a three-run in the bottom of the seventh inning off Marc Rzepczynski, to help the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 6-5 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday night at Dodger Stadium. The home run, the first of Van Slyke's major league career, turned a 5-3 deficit into a one-run lead.

The Dodgers pounded out 11 hits off Kyle Lohse, but were able to only score three runs off the St. Louis starter. He had a lead thanks to the Cardinals scoring five off Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley, three of which were earned, in six innings.

Elian Herrera and Bobby Abreu each had three hits for the Dodgers, and scored on Van Slyke's home run. Javy Guerra pitched a scoreless seventh inning for his second win of the year.

The Dodgers finished off their sweep of St. Louis and have the best record in baseball at 28-13, including 19-4 at home.

The Dodgers open a three-game series in Phoenix on Monday night against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Chris Capuano (5-1, 2.34 ERA) starts the opener for the Dodgers, against Patrick Corbin (2-2, 5.73 ERA) for Arizona.

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Dodgers Vs. Cardinals: Sunday Starting Lineups

The Los Angeles Dodgers look to complete their weekend sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday night at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers have won three straight games and eight of their last 10 contests, and are 18-4 at home this season. This is the first game of the year for the Dodgers on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball.

Chad Billingsley gets the start for the Dodgers, looking for his first win since April 11. Kyle Lohse gets the call for the Cardinals, looking for his fifth victory of the season.

Both teams are banged up, as the Cardinals placed Allen Craig and Kyle McClellan on the disabled list on Friday, the Dodgers put Mark Ellis on the DL Saturday and announced that he would miss at least six weeks after urgent leg surgery, then St. Louis placed Lance Berkman on the DL on Sunday with a right knee injury. Ellis is the fourth Dodgers starter currently on the disabled list.

Here are the starting lineups for Sunday's series finale:

Cardinals (22-18)

Furcal SS
Schumaker CF
Holliday LF
Beltran RF
Freese 3B
Molina C
Adams 1B
Descalso 2B
Lohse P

Dodgers (27-13)

Gwynn CF
Herrera 2B
Abreu LF
Ethier RF
Kennedy 3B
Loney 1B
Ellis C
Sellers SS
Billingsley P

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Dodgers Vs. Cardinals: Game Time, TV Info, And More

The Los Angeles Dodgers look for their fourth straight win on Sunday night as they go for a weekend sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals at Dodger Stadium on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball. Chad Billingsley gets the start for the Dodgers, looking to improve over his last two starts, both at home and both lasting just four innings.

Kyle Lohse starts for the Cardinals, looking for his sixth win of the season. St. Louis placed Lance Berkman on the disabled list with a right knee injury, suffered in the second inning on Saturday night while fielding a ground ball at first base. The Cardinals recalled first baseman Matt Adams from Triple A Memphis.

Here are the relevant details of Sunday's game:

Time: 5 p.m. PDT

Location: Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles

TV: ESPN, with Dan Shulman, Orel Hershiser, and Terry Francona on the call

Home vs. Road: The Dodgers are 18-4 at Dodger Stadium this season, the best home record in baseball. St. Louis is 13-10 on the road.

Streaking: The Dodgers have beaten the Cardinals six straight times, dating back to last season, for the first time since an eight-game winning streak against St. Louis from July 24, 1975 to May 12, 1976.

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Dodgers Vs. Cardinals Final Score: Clayton Kershaw Shuts Out St. Louis 6-0

Clayton Kershaw pitched a complete game shutout to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 6-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday night at Dodger Stadium. It was the third straight win for the Dodgers, who improved to 18-4 at home this season and 27-13 overall, both marks the best in the majors.

For Kershaw, it was his fourth career shutout, as he allowed six hits and walked nobody while striking out four. He picked up his fourth win of the season and lowered his ERA on the season to 1.90. Kershaw has an active streak of 22 consecutive scoreless innings.

Justin Sellers clubbed his first home run of the season for the Dodgers, while A.J. Ellis had two doubles. Andre Ethier went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI as well for the Dodgers, who have beaten the Cardinals six straight times.

Chad Billingsley (2-3, 3.83 ERA) starts the series finale as the Dodgers go for the sweep on Sunday in a nationally televised game on ESPN. Kyle Lohse (5-1, 2.70 ERA) starts for St. Louis.

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Dodgers' Dee Gordon Benched 'For A Few Days'

To say Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Dee Gordon has been struggling would be quite an understatement. The leadoff man is in the midst of a 2-for-31 slump, and is hitting just .200/.239/.255 on the season. Manager Don Mattingly said on Saturday that he would sit Gordon "for a few days" and use him off the bench.

Mattingly wasn't specific on the length of time Gordon will be benched, but noted that the Dodgers face two left-handed pitchers (Patrick Corbin and Joe Saunders) in Arizona on Monday and Wednesday, so it is conceivable Gordon could be a bench player for the next five days, or at least four of those five days.

"Nothing has really changed in my thinking about Dee about what he's going to become or where he will end up," Mattingly said. "Just thinking properly is what Dee needs to do right now. He's not going through anything that there haven't been a ton of guys go through."

Other shortstop options currently on the roster for the Dodgers are Justin Sellers and Elian Herrera. Versatile reserve Jerry Hairston Jr., currently on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring, is tentatively scheduled to be activated on Wednesday when the Dodgers are in Arizona.

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Dodgers' Mark Ellis On DL With Left Leg Injury

The Los Angeles Dodgers may have the best record in baseball, at 26-13, but they continue to suffer losses of the medical kind. Second baseman Mark Ellis was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left leg injury, suffered while on the receiving end of a takeout slide by Tyler Greene of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Manager Don Mattingly said the club was still analyzing the MRI results for Ellis, and that the exam showed swelling in multiple places in his leg. "We're still getting information back, but we have enough to know we're going to DL him," Mattingly said.

Ellis was off to a very good start for the Dodgers, hitting .273/.373/.364 with 27 runs scored in 37 games. With Ellis out, the Dodgers will likely use a combination of Adam Kennedy, Elian Herrera, Justin Sellers, and Ivan De Jesus, who was recalled from Triple A Albuquerque on Saturday.

"I think he's a great player. The more you see him play, the better he is," Mattingly said. "He's a tough guy to replace."

Ellis is the fourth Dodgers starter currently on the disabled list, along with Matt Kemp, Juan Uribe, and Juan Rivera. Super sub Jerry Hairston Jr., who has started 15 games for the Dodgers, is also on the disabled list with a left hamstring injury, but is expected to return Wednesday when the Dodgers are in Phoenix to battle the Arizona Diamondbacks. Hairston will likely take part in two minor league games Monday and Tuesday on a rehab assignment.

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Dodgers Vs. Cardinals Starting Lineups: Dee Gordon Benched

The Los Angeles Dodgers look for their third straight win on Saturday night at Dodger Stadium, hosting the St. Louis Cardinals. The Dodgers will do so without their leadoff man, as Dee Gordon is not in the starting lineup.

This is the seventh time in 40 games Gordon has not started, and the third time in the last seven contests he has been sat. Gordon went 0-for-5 Friday night and is in a 2-for-31 slump. "Tonight was not very good. This game seems to be moving awful fast for him right now," Mattingly said on Friday night.

Tony Gwynn Jr., playing center for the injured Matt Kemp, bats leadoff tonight, with Justin Sellers at shortstop. Here are Saturday's starting lineups:

Cardinals (22-17)

Furcal SS
Beltran RF
Holliday LF
Berkman 1B
Freese 3B
Molina C
Greene 2B
Robinson CF
Westbrook P

Dodgers (26-13)

Gwynn CF
Herrera 2B
Abreu LF
Ethier RF
Kennedy 3B
Loney 1B
Ellis C
Sellers SS
Kershaw P

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Dodgers Vs. Cardinals Final Score: A.J. Ellis Walk-Off Walk Gives L.A. 6-5 Win

A.J. Ellis drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Los Angeles Dodgers a 6-5 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in the opening game of their weekend series at Dodger Stadium. The win was the second straight for the Dodgers, who own the best record in baseball (26-13) and are an astonishing 17-4 at home this season.

Ellis was just part of a great night of production from the bottom of the order for the Dodgers. Adam Kennedy, James Loney, Ellis, and Tony Gwynn Jr., who batted fifth through eighth for the Dodgers on Friday, combined for 10 hits, three walks, and drove in all six Dodgers runs on the night.

The Dodgers held a 5-4 lead with two outs in the ninth inning, but Lance Berkman crushed a ball well into the pavilion in right center field to tie the game off Kenley Jansen, who suffered his second blown save of the season. In both of his blown saved, Jansen got the win thanks to a walk-off walk by the Dodgers.

"For us to have comeback twice, it shows our team and our character," Ellis said after the game. "It's just guys having good at-bats throughout the lineup."

Ted Lilly pitched seven strong innings, allowing four hits and no walks while striking out six. He did allow four unearned runs in the third inning, including a two-run home run by Matt Holliday, who hit his ninth long ball of the season.

Dodgers second baseman Mark Ellis left the game after the seventh inning when he was slid into by Tyler Greene at second base. Ellis suffered a lower left leg injury and was sore after the game, but x-rays showed nothing was broken. His status will be updated on Saturday.

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Dodgers Vs. Cardinals Starting Lineups: Allen Craig, Kyle McClellan Placed On DL By St. Louis

The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals open a three-game weekend series Friday night, a battle of division leaders at Dodger Stadium. The series is also a battle of a couple of banged up teams. The Dodgers currently have three starters, including Matt Kemp, and super sub Jerry Hairston Jr. on the disabled list, while the Cardinals have an ailing Carlos Beltran and two more placed on the DL Friday.

Allen Craig, who is hitting .373 this year with just five home runs in 13 games, was placed on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring, the second time this season he has hit the DL. Kyle McClellan, who was not scheduled to pitch in this series, was also placed on the disabled list by the Cardinals, who recalled outfielder Adron Chambers and pitcher Brandon Dickson from Triple A Memphis.

Here are Friday's starting lineups from Dodger Stadium, which include Adam Kennedy batting fifth for the Dodgers for a second straight day:

Cardinals (22-16)

Furcal SS
Carpenter 1B
Holliday LF
Beltran RF
Freese 3B
Molina C
Greene 2B
Robinson CF
Lynn P

Dodgers (25-13)

Gordon SS
Ellis 2B
Abreu LF
Ethier RF
Kennedy 3B
Loney 1B
Ellis C
Gwynn CF
Lilly P

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Dodgers Vs. Cardinals: Ted Lilly Starts Opener At Dodger Stadium

The Dodgers are 16-4 at home this season.

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