Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Albert Pujols and Lance Berkman each belted a pair of home runs as part of a 19-hit attack, and the Cardinals pounded the Los Angeles Dodgers, 11-2, to continue a four-game series.
It was a night where the number 1,000 signified the success of the Cardinals. They secured their 1,000th win against the Dodgers, but lead the all-time series by only three games. Also, Kyle Lohse (2-1) reached the 1,000-strikeout mark in his career. The right-hander allowed six hits and two runs, while fanning six batters.
Colby Rasmus had three doubles and scored twice for St. Louis, which won for the fifth time in six games and the Cardinals have been scoring runs in bunches. They have 57 over their last six contests.
Yadier Molina and David Freese joined the hit parade with four and three, respectively. St. Louis has 35 hits over the first two games of this series. This was their fifth straight game with at least 14 hits.
Jon Garland (0-1) lost in his 2011 debut, giving up nine hits and five runs over four-plus innings. Garland was signed in the offseason to bolster an already promising rotation, but suffered an oblique injury during spring training and was placed on the disabled list.