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Redbirds stay hot with a sweep
Penny unable to halt skid
Despite dropping the first three games, the Dodgers had to feel good with NL All-Star starter Brad Penny on the hill. However, Penny couldn't contain the Cardinals, allowing six runs in five innings, as the visitors were swept in St. Louis. Olmedo Saenz, giving Nomar Garciaparra a rest, crushed his eighth home run in a losing effort.
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Cardinals 11, Dodgers 3
Cards slugger Albert Pujols collected three RBIs and now has driven in 82 on the season. (Scott Rovak/Cardinals)
Series at a glance:
Cards win seventh straight
In sweeping away the Dodgers, the Cardinals won their seventh in a row in impressive fashion, with Albert Pujols (three RBI hits), Yadier Molina (three RBIs) and Chris Duncan (three hits, three runs) leading the way. The run support helped Anthony Reyes secure the victory as the rookie yielded two runs over five innings.
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TODAY'S WRAPS: July 16, 2006
LAD
LA Dodgers (46-46)
Lost 4
St. Louis 11, LA Dodgers 3   STL
St. Louis (52-39)
Won 7
July 16, 2006
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
LA Dodgers
0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1   3 11 1
St. Louis
1 0 2 0 3 0 3 2 X   11 15 0
Standings thru 7/16/06  |  Gameday  |  Dodgers Stats  |  Cardinals Stats
LA DodgersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Furcal, SS4000012.269
Lofton, CF3030100.295
Drew, RF4000024.283
Kent, 2B4010023.263
  Martinez, 2B0000000.333
Saenz, 1B4231000.310
Ethier, LF4120003.341
Izturis, 3B4011001.282
Martin, C4011011.281
Penny, P2000001.231
  Beimel, P0000000.000
  a-Ledee, PH0000000.242
  b-Cruz, PH1000011.234
  Perez, P0000000.067
Totals3431131716 

a-Batted for Beimel in the 7th. b-Struck out for Ledee in the 7th.

BATTING
2B: Ethier (11, Reyes), Saenz (13, Kinney).
HR: Saenz (8, 2nd inning off Reyes, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Lofton 3; Kent; Saenz 7; Ethier 3; Izturis; Martin.
RBI: Saenz (36), Martin (36), Izturis (8).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Furcal; Ethier; Kent.
GIDP: Izturis; Furcal; Kent.
Team LOB: 5.

BASERUNNING
SB: Lofton (16, 2nd base off Reyes/Molina).

FIELDING
E: Izturis (2, fielding).

 
St. LouisABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Eckstein, SS5210002.312
Duncan, LF4330000.318
  Johnson, P0000000.000
  a-Rodriguez, PH-LF1112000.308
Pujols, 1B5243000.328
Edmonds, CF3101103.258
  b-Bennett, PH1000000.230
  Kinney, P0000000.000
Encarnacion, RF5110024.275
Spiezio, 3B4111012.280
Molina, C4033010.227
Miles, 2B3010001.260
  Hancock, P0000000.000
  Taguchi, LF-CF1001001.286
Reyes, P2000012.100
  Luna, 2B2000021.299
Totals401115111716 

a-Homered for Johnson in the 8th. b-Grounded out for Edmonds in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Duncan (3, Penny), Pujols 2 (14, Penny, Penny), Molina 2 (18, Penny, Penny).
HR: Rodriguez (2, 8th inning off Perez, 1 on, 0 out).
TB: Eckstein; Duncan 4; Rodriguez 4; Pujols 6; Encarnacion; Spiezio; Molina 5; Miles.
RBI: Pujols 3 (82), Edmonds (50), Molina 3 (34), Spiezio (26), Taguchi (28), Rodriguez 2 (14).
2-out RBI: Molina 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Encarnacion 2; Eckstein 2; Miles.
Team LOB: 6.

FIELDING
DP: 3 (Luna-Pujols, Eckstein-Luna-Pujols 2).

 
LA DodgersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Penny (L, 10-3)5.010661503.26
Beimel 1.00000103.00
Perez 2.05540117.19
 
St. LouisIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Reyes (W, 2-3)5.07221513.82
Hancock 1.02000003.19
Johnson 2.01000105.50
Kinney 1.01110106.00

Hancock pitched to 1 batter in the 7th.

WP: Penny.
Pitches-strikes: Penny 97-63, Beimel 14-8, Perez 41-30, Reyes 92-59, Hancock 15-10, Johnson 12-8, Kinney 12-8.
Ground outs-fly outs: Penny 8-2, Beimel 1-1, Perez 4-1, Reyes 5-4, Hancock 2-1, Johnson 5-0, Kinney 2-0.
Batters faced: Penny 26, Beimel 3, Perez 12, Reyes 22, Hancock 4, Johnson 5, Kinney 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Johnson 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Chris Guccione. 1B: Charlie Reliford. 2B: Larry Vanover. 3B: Greg Gibson.
Weather: 93 degrees, sunny.
Wind: 7 mph, Out to LF.
T: 2:49.
Att: 44,741.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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