LOS ANGELES -- Mitchell Boggs, who earned his first hold of the season with two hitless innings against the Dodgers on Thursday, continues to prove his worth in the Cardinals' bullpen.

In five appearances spanning eight innings this season, Boggs has given up only three hits and struck out 12, which leads all National League relievers.

Manager Tony La Russa said that if Boggs can continue to pitch with such success, he'll call on him in tougher situations.

"He is a very talented guy, and as he gets experienced and really controls his delivery, he really has dynamite potential," said La Russa.

Boggs attributes his success to trusting his stuff and being aggressive. Doing that, he's seen his breaking ball especially improve.

"I feel like if I go out there and pitch the way I know I am capable, I can compete with anyone in this league in any situation," Boggs said. "I feel like I am getting to where I need to be."