Kemp's homer in 9th sends Dodgers past Cardinals

Carpenter allowed five hits over seven innings, struck out six and walked none.
Carpenter allowed five hits over seven innings, struck out six and walked none.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Matt Kemp hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning, giving the Los Angeles Dodgers a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday that ended their 5-game losing skid.

Kemp homered to center field on the first pitch he saw from Ryan Franklin (0-2). Andre Ethier led off with a double off Trever Miller, extending his major league-leading hitting streak to 14 games.

Jonathan Broxton (1-0) got the win despite giving up a two-out RBI single in the top of the ninth by David Freese.

The victory prevented the Cardinals from earning their first 4-game sweep in Los Angeles since 1968. Their 4-game winning streak also ended.

Chris Carpenter and Chad Billingsley dueled in a matchup of 2 of the National League's best daytime starters over the last five-plus seasons.

Carpenter allowed five hits over seven innings, struck out six and walked none.

Billingsley gave up a season-low two hits over eight innings, struck out a season-high 11, and walked none in his longest outing of the season.

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