The Los Angeles Dodgers had their bats silenced during a three-game sweep in St. Louis last weekend.
“Our pitching staff was good the whole series,” Los Angeles third baseman Adrian Beltre said. “We just didn’t swing the bats.”
Beltre and the Dodgers will be looking to exact some revenge and end Jason Marquis’ 11-game win streak as they open a three-game series with the major league-leading Cardinals at Chavez Ravine.
St. Louis outscored Los Angeles 14-6 to sweep the NL West-leading Dodgers for the first time since June 23-25, 2000.
Marquis shut down Los Angeles in a 5-1 victory on Saturday.
The hard-throwing right-hander held the Dodgers to eight hits and struck out a season-high nine over seven scoreless innings, becoming the fourth St. Louis starter to reach 14 wins this year, and the first to win 11 straight decisions since John Tudor in 1985.
The Dodgers bounced back from their rough weekend in St. Louis by taking three straight from the major league-worst Arizona Diamondbacks.
Steve Finley homered twice against his former team, driving in the go-ahead run for the second consecutive game as Los Angeles beat the Diamondbacks 5-3 on Thursday.
Beltre continued his breakout season with two hits and his team-leading 103 RBI. The All-Star third baseman leads the NL with 44 home runs and needs just five more to tie Shawn Green for the club record, set in 2001.
Friday’s win extended the Dodgers’ lead in the NL West to five games over San Francisco.
St. Louis has a commanding 17-game lead on second-place Houston in the NL Central.
The Cardinals have lost two of three since sweeping Los Angeles last weekend.