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Scott Kazmir’s best outing on the season and two Dodgers home runs added up to a 5-3 win for Los Angeles, which has taken the first two games of its home series against the St. Louis Cardinals.

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Kazmir—who trends toward missing bats and the strike zone, and has never been an innings-eater—nearly went the distance, with Kenley Jansen stepping in to retire the game’s final batter on three pitches for his 13th save of the year. Kazmir’s record improves to 3-3. His counterpart Carlos Martínez struggled through five innings, allowing four earned runs while walking three in earning his third loss on the season; Jeremy Hazelbaker homered for the Redbirds in a pinch-hit appearance. The loss drops St. Louis to 19-18 on the season.

There’s always the next game!