Matt Kemp's two-out, two-run single in the top of the 10th inning helped the Dodgers salvage the final game of a four-game series as they beat the Cardinals, 5-3, on Thursday night at Busch Stadium.
The Dodgers, who had lost a season-high four games in a row, are 4-17 in St. Louis since 2004 but avoided the four-game sweep in what was a close and entertaining series.
With runners at second and third and two outs in the 10th, Kemp lofted a bloop single to left off of the Cardinals' Todd Wellemeyer, who entered with the second-worst ERA in the majors at 5.79 and was making just his second relief appearance of the season.
Hiroki Kuroda tossed six strong innings for the Dodgers, giving up two runs on four hits. He struck out five and was hurt by two Matt Holliday hits, an RBI single in the first and a solo home run to right in the fourth.
He departed with a 3-2 lead but reliever Guillermo Mota promptly served a long ball to the Cardinals' Rick Ankiel to lead off the seventh that tied the score. Mota departed after allowing a pinch-hit double to Nick Stavinoha to start the eighth.
Lefty Hong-Chih Kuo entered, and after a sacrifice bunt advanced the runner to third, manager Joe Torre elected to intentionally walk Albert Pujols and Holliday to load the bases for the lefty Ankiel. Kuo got him swinging on three pitches to send the game to the ninth still tied at 3.
The Dodgers trailed, 2-1, in the seventh when Rafael Furcal lined a two-run double down the third-base line that temporarily put them ahead, 3-2.