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Second baseman Nick Punto, starting his third game with the Dodgers since he was acquired on Aug. 25 in the nine-player trade with Boston, slid head-first into first base each of his first two times up on slow bouncers to third baseman David Freese. He was out the first time and safe the second time, but was picked off by catcher Molina in the fifth with pinch-hitter Bobby Abreu batting and the Dodgers down 4-3.
Kelly allowed three runs and four hits in five innings with two strikeouts and two walks.
NOTES: The crowd of 40,167 pushed the Dodgers home attendance total to 3,022,468. Last year they failed to reach 3 million for the first time in a non-strike season since 1992. ... Mujica had allowed one run in 19 innings over his 20 previous appearances with St. Louis after he was acquired in a trade with Miami on July 31. ... RHP Chris Carpenter is scheduled to throw 90 pitches in a simulated game on Saturday with the hope of making his season debut for the Cardinals by next week. He was shut down during spring training because of thoracic outlet syndrome and underwent surgery July 19. ... Los Angeles closer Kenley Jansen, sidelined since Aug. 28 because of an irregular heartbeat, was given clearance to the team's medical staff to pitch again for the Dodgers as early as next Tuesday. ... Dodgers LHP Ted Lilly, who hasn't pitched for the Dodgers since May 23 because of shoulder inflammation, was shut down for the rest of the season and will undergo surgery on Sept. 21. He finished 5-1 with a 3.14 ERA in eight starts. ... Molina had no RBIs in 24 at-bats this season against the Dodgers prior to his homer.
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