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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