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DeWitt increased the margin to 4-0 in the third with a two-run single before the Cardinals answered back with Ludwick's 10th homer and third of the series. It came after a leadoff single by Aaron Miles and a walk to Matt Holliday. Ludwick is hitting .467 with runners in scoring position, the best mark in the majors.
NOTES: Kershaw is averaging an NL-best 10.43 strikeouts per nine innings. ... Arkansas State RHP-3B Drew Benes, whose father Andy and uncle Alan both pitched for the Cardinals, was selected in the 35th round of the amateur draft by St. Louis on Wednesday. He was 1,069th overall. ... Winn was 0 for 4 on his 36th birthday. He has played in 1,635 games during his career without getting into the postseason, the longest drought by any active major leaguer. ... Ethier is 11 for 40 with two RBIs and no home runs in 10 games since returning from the disabled list, after missing the previous 15 games because of a broken right pinky. ... The Dodgers have won the last 43 games in which they led after seven innings.
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