Surging Dodgers use home runs to beat Cardinals

I just kept watching it, and it kept going.

Los Angeles is within a half-game of the Colorado Rockies for the NL West lead, and they've powered nearer to the top of the standings behind Bellinger's early contributions. Bellinger made it 3-0 in the fourth, ripping a 3-0 pitch 429 feet to the seats in right for his 11th homer.

Hill issued a career-high seven walks in an ugly four-inning outing, leading to a season-high five runs.

"It was just really staying over the rubber longer and getting the hand out of the glove", Hill said.

Mike Leake (5-3), who entered the game as the National League leader in ERA at 1.91, allowed six hits and four runs in seven innings with a walk and six strikeouts.

The Cardinals managed just three hits off Pedro Baez, Sergio Romo, Chris Hatcher and Brandon Morrow over the final four innings. "Those are the days we need to offensively pick him up because he's been so shutdown".

Puig's sacrifice fly in the seventh snapped Leake's streak of nine quality starts to open the season.

The Dodgers also scored when Corey Seager singled home Yasiel Puig in the third and then Puig drove home Chris Taylor with a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning. Paul DeJong, making his first ML start, recorded two hits, including a double.

The Cardinals optioned OF Randal Grichuk to High-A Palm Beach before the game. Grichuk is hitting.222 with four homers and 19 RBI in 46 games, fanning 54 times in 167 at-bats.

Mike Leake is set to make the start for the Cardinals as they return home to face the Dodgers Monday. The Cardinals want him to work on his plate approach at a lower level, rather than at Triple-A.

Cardinals: LHP Zach Duke threw a side session in extended spring training as he continues to recover from elbow surgery in October.

In his career against St. Louis, Hill is 1-1 with a 5.25 ERA over six starts, even though he has allowed a batting average of just.202.

The Tuesday night pitching matchup is a repeat of one that played out Thursday evening at Dodger Stadium, where Los Angeles' Kenta Maeda (4-2, 5.08 ERA) shrugged off a rocky first inning and earned the win over Michael Wacha (2-2, 3.66).

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