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Dodgers-Cardinals season series
10/03/2004 7:00 PM ET
GAME 134: Sept. 2 at St. Louis
Cardinals 3, Dodgers 0

The Dodgers and National League Central Division-leading Cardinals met for the first time all season and the Cardinals' Matt Morris was dominant on the mound. The right-hander, en route to notching his 15th win, allowed only singles to Robin Ventura and Jose Lima as he tossed a complete-game shutout and struck out 11 batters. Lima went seven innings and surrendered three runs, six hits and a walk with five strikeouts.

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GAME 135: Sept. 4 at St. Louis
Cardinals 5, Dodgers 1

One night after being limited to two hits, the Dodgers banged out 11, but could muster just one run, which scored on Adrian Beltre's eighth-inning RBI double, one of his three hits in the game. The Cardinals got the maximum out of the minimum as they had just two hits, including a two-run homer off Kazuhisa Ishii in the second inning. Ishii went 5 2/3 innings, giving up five runs (two unearned), two hits and four walks with five strikeouts. Cardinals starter Jason Marquis hurled seven shutout innings, striking out nine.

GAME 136: Sept. 5 at St. Louis
Cardinals 6, Dodgers 5 (11 innings)

Jose Hernandez delivered a game-tying two-run double to cap a three-run ninth-inning rally against Cardinals closer Jason Isringhausen to send the came into extra innings. However, on back-to-back pitches by Giovanni Carrara in the 11th, St. Louis' Hector Luna tripled and Reggie Sanders had a pinch-single that gave the Cardinals a victory and a three-game sweep. Hernandez, who entered the game in the fourth, also had an RBI-single in the fifth. Adrian Beltre clubbed his 44th homer. Jeff Weaver pitched six innings, allowing five runs. Closer Eric Gagné retired all six batters he faced.

GAME 140: Sept. 10 vs. St. Louis
Dodgers 7, Cardinals 6

For the third consecutive night, Steve Finley drove in the winning run, this time belting a two-run homer that broke a 5-5 tie in the seventh. Adrian Beltre slugged a three-run homer in the third for his 45th homer of the season. Shawn Green and Jayson Werth socked back-to-back round-trippers in the second. Giovanni Carrara pitched a scoreless inning to win it in relief after Kazuhisa Ishii lasted just 2 1/3 innings, allowing four runs. Eric Gagné pitched the final 1 2/3 innings to earn his 39th save. A sellout crowd of 54,119 watched the Dodgers post their fourth straight come-from-behind victory.

GAME 141: Sept. 11 vs. St. Louis
Dodgers 6, Cardinals 5

Cesar Izturis' eighth-inning single knocked in the tying and go-ahead runs to lift the Dodgers to their fifth win in a row as they rallied from a 4-1 sixth-inning deficit. Steve Finley homered, singled, drove in two runs and scored twice. His home run was his fourth in three days. Scott Stewart recorded the final out of the eighth inning to earn his first big-league win in over a year. Eric Gagné pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to notch save No. 40. Jeff Weaver gave up four runs, seven hits and no walks in seven innings of work.

GAME 142: Sept. 12 vs. St. Louis
Cardinals 7, Dodgers 6

Steve Finley's two-run single highlighted a four-run fifth inning that erased a 6-2 St. Louis advantage. However, St. Louis pushed across a run on a double play in the sixth against Edwin Jackson to halt the Dodgers' five-game winning streak. Hideo Nomo was roughed up for six runs in 3 2/3 innings with Larry Walker tagging him for a pair of homers. Jayson Werth slugged a mammoth two-run homer in the third, which tied the score at 2-2 before the Cardinals tallied four runs in the fourth. Cesar Izturis was 2-for-4 and scored two runs.

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