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ST. LOUIS -- Call Joe Kelly St. Louis' streak-stopper.

In his first start since ending the Cardinals' seven-game losing streak Thursday night in Pittsburgh, Kelly halted the Los Angeles Dodgers' 15-game road winning streak with 5 1/3 effective innings in the Cardinals' 5-1 victory Tuesday night at Busch Stadium.

Kelly (3-3) scattered six hits, including Adrian Gonzalez's RBI single in the sixth that scored Los Angeles' only run. He walked two and fanned one before giving way to a procession of five relievers that picked up the last 11 outs.

St. Louis (66-46) sealed the win in the eighth with three runs off Brandon League. Carlos Beltran walloped his first homer since June 30, a solo shot, and Matt Adams rocketed a two-run blast to right for his third pinch homer of the year.

Clayton Kershaw (10-7) absorbed the defeat despite yielding just six hits and two runs in six innings. Kershaw walked two and whiffed five, but he couldn't keep the Dodgers (62-50) from falling on the road for the first time since July 6 in San Francisco.

Double plays were the key plays through the game's first five innings. St. Louis turned three, including Andre Ethier bouncing into a 4-6-3 twin killing in the fourth on a borderline 3-0 pitch with Yasiel Puig at first after a one-out walk.

However, Los Angeles' best chance to score wasn't erased by a double play but because of Kelly's precise pitches after the Dodgers put their first two hitters aboard in the third. Kelly whiffed Kershaw, got a first-pitch flyout from Carl Crawford and induced an inning-ending grounder from Mark Ellis.

The Cardinals didn't get a man into scoring position until the fifth, thanks to a pair of double plays. But when they did, they produced the game's first run as Tony Cruz followed Jon Jay's one-out double with an RBI single to center.

Pete Kozma followed with a double down the left field line, moving Cruz to third, and Kelly helped his cause with a bouncer to second that plated Cruz. Dodgers second baseman Ellis settled for the sure out at first rather than risk not getting Cruz at home.

NOTES: SS Hanley Ramirez (jammed right shoulder) didn't play for the second consecutive game, although the Dodgers are optimistic he'll avoid a stint on the disabled list. Ramirez was injured going into the seats behind third base at Wrigley Field in the seventh inning Sunday ... St. Louis LHP Jaime Garcia (shoulder) says he should be able to play catch for the first time later this month since undergoing season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum in late May. Garcia went 5-2 in nine starts this year. ... Cardinals C Yadier Molina (sprained right knee) said that he should be able to come off the 15-day disabled list the first day he's eligible, which is Aug. 15. The club intends to offer Molina, who caught the first 10 games after the All-Star break before his knee balked on him during the nightcap of a July 30 doubleheader in Pittsburgh, more off days down the stretch.
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