Cardinals knock season-high 18 hits in blowout of Dodgers

" Hero: Anthony Reyes won his second game of the season on two runs and seven hits in six innings. He also got his first career hit and RBI during the Cardinals' five-run third inning.

" Unsung hero: Ryan Ludwick homered and drove in four runs.

" Figure this: Rick Ankiel doubled and scored in the third, going 1-for-4. He's 6-for-16 with three homers and six RBIs since being recalled Thursday.

" Quotable: "I've been going out there thinking I've got nothing to lose. I'm letting it all on the line, and I'll just try to keep that going." -- Reyes

-- ESPN.com news services

Cardinals 12, Dodgers 2

ST. LOUIS -- For a change, hard luck Anthony Reyes had a
huge cushion. He helped out with his second hit of the season and
first career RBI.

Reyes won his second game of the season and Ryan Ludwick homered
and drove in four runs in the surging St. Louis Cardinals' 12-2
victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday.

"I've been going out there thinking I've got nothing to lose,"
Reyes said. "I'm letting it all on the line, and I'll just try to
keep that going."

Reyes (2-11) worked six innings and had an RBI during a five-run
third that broke it open for St. Louis, which took two of three
from the sagging Dodgers to complete a 5-2 homestand.

Brendan Ryan hit a two-run homer and had three RBIs after being
recalled earlier in the day, and Aaron Miles had four hits.

"It's a beautiful thing," Ludwick said. "Things are going

The Cardinals knocked out Mark Hendrickson in the third without
Jim Edmonds, Scott Rolen and Juan Encarnacion. Their patchwork
pitching staff, which has the second-worst ERA in the National
League at 4.74, wrapped up a stingy stretch in which the opposition
totaled six runs in six games.

Although they're 55-60, the Cardinals were 5 games out of first
place in the NL Central entering a seven-game trip to the teams
they're chasing, Milwaukee and Chicago, starting Tuesday.

"We have a chance to make up for a lot of the bad baseball
we've played earlier this season and set ourselves up for a very
interesting final six weeks of the season," catcher Gary Bennett
said. "We're definitely looking forward to it."

Edmonds and Rolen got days off due to a heat wave that had the
temperature at 99 degrees at gametime, and Encarnacion was
scratched due to knee soreness but said he could have played.
Encarnacion has been the odd man out in the outfield all four games
since Rick Ankiel was recalled from Triple-A Memphis on Thursday.

Reyes allowed two runs and seven hits and is salvaging a lost
year after becoming the first Cardinals pitcher since 1898 to begin
the year 0-10. Both of his victories have come in his last four
starts, and since being recalled on July 28 for a doubleheader
against the Brewers, Reyes has a 3.33 ERA.

Along with the rare victory, Reyes enjoyed rare offensive
backing. Six of the Cardinals' 10 shutout losses have come with the
right-hander on the mound, and they entered the game averaging 2.18
runs in his starts -- lowest in the majors.

The Cardinals' 18 hits set a season high. Their previous best
was 17 in a 7-6 victory over the Kansas City Royals on June 20.

"It's nice, and I'll take it when I can get it," Reyes said.
"But I'm still going to go out there and try to get them zeros."

Andre Ethier tripled and doubled with an RBI for the punchless
Dodgers, who have lost eight of 10. During that stretch, Los
Angeles has been shut out four times, scored one run once and two
runs twice.

The Dodgers (60-57) are down to three games above .500 for the
first time since April 14 when they were 7-4. Manager Grady Little
has tinkered with the lineup, batting James Loney third all
weekend, and hinted more changes may be coming.

"We're just trying to shake it up to get these guys going,
because right now there are too many people in our lineup who are
underachieving," Little said. "Something needs to be done,
because this isn't good enough."

Hendrickson (4-7) lasted 2 2/3 innings, his shortest outing of
the season, and gave up eight runs and 11 hits. He's 1-7 in his
last 12 starts and 0-3 in five outings since his last win on July
8, and exited after David Eckstein's line drive up the middle
ripped his glove off and bruised fingers on both hands.

"I just wasn't executing pitches," Hendrickson said. "I'm
just making too many mistakes early on, putting us behind."

Ludwick, moved from fifth in the order to cleanup after
Encarnacion was scratched, hit a three-run homer in the first. The
Dodgers scored two in the second on Ethier's RBI triple and a
sacrifice fly by Ramon Martinez before the Cardinals opened it up
in the third, sending 10 batters to the plate.

Miles, Reyes, Ryan, Ludwick and David Eckstein drove in a run
apiece for an 8-2 lead.

Ryan, recalled from Triple-A Memphis when second baseman Adam
Kennedy went on the 15-day disabled list with a knee injury, hit a
two-run homer off Scott Proctor in the fifth.

Game Notes
Reyes has allowed 29 runs in the first two innings, and 26
thereafter. ... Hendrickson is 0-3 with a 7.65 ERA against the
Cardinals. ... St. Louis has outscored the opposition 105-36 during
its 15 wins since the All-Star break, and has been outscored 121-32
in its 15 losses. ... Ankiel doubled and scored in the third, going
1-for-4. He's 6-for-16 with three homers and six RBIs since being
recalled Thursday. ... Reyes was 1-for-21 at the plate before his