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STL@LAD: Berkman, Pujols both have two-homer games

LOS ANGELES -- Friday night at Dodger Stadium, the Cardinals accomplished something that hadn't been done by a St. Louis team in over 80 years.

Collecting 19 hits in an 11-2 route of the Dodgers, the Cardinals have now had 14 or more hits in their last five games, something that was last done by a St. Louis team from Aug. 31-Sept. 7, 1930.

The Cardinals' power surge came from Lance Berkman, who hit solo home runs in the second and fourth innings, and Albert Pujols, who hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning and a solo shot in the seventh.

"It is indicative of the type of offense that we are capable of having," Berkman said. "It is historic. It is nice and we will try and extend it as long as we can, but we realize we have a lot of games to play."

Spanning the past five games, Berkman has six home runs in his last 19 at-bats. Friday marked the 27th multi-homer game of his career.

"Having a power surge early has [led to] good years for me," Berkman. "It is a nice start and I'll try and build on it."

Averaging 9.5 runs over their past six games, the Cardinals had nine players with at least one hit on Friday. Yadier Molina had four singles and Colby Rasmus had three doubles. And the 3-4-5 hitters were dominant once again, going a combined 6-for-14 with six RBIs.

"We have good hitters who take tough at-bats," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. "I like our offense."

La Russa said seeing a moon shot by Pujols to left field in the fifth and then a line-drive home run to center in the seventh shows what a great hitter Pujols is.

"He has been doing that for 10 years. He is a great hitter," La Russa said. "He gets pitched so tough and is still successful. That is part of his greatness, but he now has a lot of help."

The Cardinals scored runs without the long ball as well, getting hits from David Freese and Molina after Berkman's home run in the second, and then a little help from Dodgers starter Jon Garland, who balked, plating Freese from third base.

Ryan Theriot followed with a single to right field, scoring Skip Schumaker before Theriot was tagged out at second base trying to stretch his hit into a double.

Scoring another four runs in the ninth inning, the Cardinals got an RBI double from Matt Holliday, a bases-loaded walk that brought him home and a two-run single from Tyler Greene.

All the runs were more than enough for starter Kyle Lohse, who got his second win of the season while also tallying his 1,000th career strikeout. The righty went 7 1/3 innings, surrendering six hits, walking one and striking out six.

"It is nice," Lohse said of his 1,000 strikeouts. "You have to be around a while to do that, so that is pretty cool. It is a good feeling to be out there long enough to be able to do it."

The only trouble Lohse got into came in the fourth inning, when the Dodgers strung together three hits, including an RBI single by Matt Kemp. Lohse then, with runners on first and third, threw a wild pitch, scoring Andre Either from third.

"He made a lot of good pitches and was on the black all of the time," La Russa said. "He had a few innings where he was tested, but he came back and made great pitches. He just didn't give the Dodgers anything to hit."

While Lohse said he didn't have his best changeup, he said he still felt in control.

"I made pitches when I had to," said Lohse. "Once we put some runs on the board, the big thing is to not let them back in the game and I was able to do that."

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