By Joe Resnick
The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES — Matt Carpenter drove in the go-ahead run with an infield single and Pete Kozma hit a three-run double against Clayton Kershaw, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday in the rubber game of their series.
The Cardinals improved the major league’s best record to 32-17 and increased their NL Central lead over Cincinnati to 11⁄2 games.
Kozma led off the seventh with a bloop double off the glove of shortstop Dee Gordon as he dived for the ball in short center field. One out later, Carpenter grounded a single off the glove of first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, allowing Kozma to score. Pinch-hitter Matt Adams added an RBI single in the ninth.
Seth Maness (4-1) got credit for the victory in relief of starter Shelby Miller despite retiring only two of the six batters he faced.
Major league ERA leader Kershaw had a chance to help himself with the bat in the sixth, but grounded into an inning-ending double play.
Edward Mujica pitched a perfect ninth inning for his 14th save in 14 attempts.
Athletics 6, Astors 2: HOUSTON — Bartolo Colon struck out a season-high nine in seven scoreless innings, and the Oakland Athletics completed a sweep of the Houston Astros with a 6-2 win Sunday.
Oakland’s Nate Freiman, who was with the Astros in spring training as a Rule 5 selection, had a double and home run with three RBIs as the A’s improved to 9-0 against the Astros this season.
Dating to 2007, Oakland has won 11 straight against Houston, tied for the third longest winning streak against one team in A’s history.
Colon (5-2) won his second straight start, scattering nine hits a day after turning 40. He worked seven innings for the second straight start and for the fourth time in 10 starts this season.
Angels 5, Royals 2: KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Josh Hamilton started the Angels’ comeback when he homered leading off the seventh inning, and Los Angeles beat the Kansas City Royals 5-2 Sunday for its eighth straight win.
The Angels were unable to get into their dugout until about 90 minutes before the game because bees swarmed into it.
A beekeeper was summoned to solve the problem.
Jerome Williams (4-1) then allowed two runs and seven hits in six innings for the Angels, on their longest winning streak since taking eight straight from May 22-29 last year.
When they play at the Freeway Series rival Dodgers on Monday, they can stretch a winning streak to nine for the first time since August 2004.
Kansas City has lost nine of 10 and 16 of 20, dropping to 21-26.
In only three of those 16 losses have the Royals scored more than three runs.