10:10 PM ET, August 17, 2009
Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California
LOS ANGELES -- Although Ryan Franklin graciously accepted his teammates' congratulations in the Dodger Stadium clubhouse for his 30th save, the St. Louis closer thought the spotlight should be on Chris Carpenter's setup work."The last two outs were pretty tough, but the first 24 that he got were even tougher," Franklin said with a laugh.
• Chris Carpenter (8 IP, 2 ER) improved to 8-0, 2.12 ERA over his last nine starts as the Cardinals won their fifth straight and their ninth in their last 10 games overall.
• Albert Pujols hit his 39th homer to recapture the MLB lead from Mark Reynolds, while Rick Ankiel (9) also homered.
• The Dodgers have now lost seven of 10.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
Brad Ausmus started for the Dodgers because of his previous experience catching knuckleballers. Russell Martin took over in the ninth inning and made a throwing error, Los Angeles' first error in nine games. ... Ankiel's homer was his first since July 30, also against Los Angeles. ... The Cardinals took three of four from the Dodgers in St. Louis last month.
LOS ANGELES - AUGUST 17: Manager Tony LaRussa of the St. Louis Cardinals watches batting practice before the game...(Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Regular Season Series
|1st||C Blake hit sacrifice fly to right, R Furcal scored, A Ethier tagged out at third.||0||1|
|4th||A Pujols homered to left.||1||1|
|5th||J Loney singled to right, M Kemp scored.||1||2|
|7th||R Ankiel homered to right, R Ludwick scored.||3||2|
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|Stadium||Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA|
|Attendance||49,415 (88.2% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||70 degrees, clear|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Brian Gorman, First Base - Gary Cederstrom, Second Base - Fieldin Culbreth, Third Base - Adrian Johnson|
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