ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers stayed pretty low-key during their 15-game road winning streak. Now that it's over don't they don't expect that to change.
St. Louis ended the Dodgers' remarkable run with a 5-1 victory Tuesday night.
"The biggest thing we wanted to focus on is the streak really didn't mean anything passed that night's game," Manager Don Mattingly said. "The games that you won are gone. You can't win them again."
Still, there is pride in the streak that drew national attention. Los Angeles outscored its opponents 89-38 while hitting .296 and posting a 2.41 team ERA.
The Dodgers began the run with a win in San Francisco and followed with three-game triumphs in Arizona, Washington and Toronto. They won four at the Chicago Cubs and won the opener of a four-game set in St. Louis 3-2 on Monday.
Clayton Kershaw, who took the loss on Tuesday, was philosophical about the end to the run.
"This just means we've got to start a new one tomorrow," he said. "It was a pretty cool thing, for sure. It's definitely not something to take lightly."
The Dodgers last loss away from home came in a 4-2 defeat at San Francisco on July 6.
Carlos Beltran and Matt Adams homered in the eighth inning and Joe Kelly pitched into the sixth to help the Cardinals to the victory.
Kelly went 5 1-3 innings, outperforming Kershaw and helping St. Louis to its fourth victory in the last six games. Tony Cruz added an RBI single.
Adrian Gonzalez hit a one-out RBI single off Kelly (3-3) in the sixth, but that was it for Los Angeles against Kelly. He left with runners on first and second and the Cardinals nursing a 2-1 lead.
"Kershaw is a stud, but I was just trying to be the same guy I have been," Kelly said. "Working my tail off and battling those guys."
Kelly improved to 3-0 in five starts since rejoining the starting rotation on July 6. He was working on a scoreless streak of 20 innings before the Dodgers scored in the sixth. Kelly allowed six hits while lowering his ERA to 2.98. The 20-inning scoreless string is the longest by a St. Louis pitcher his season.
"We needed him to come up big for us and that's exactly what he did," St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said. "He used both sides of the plate and his change-up was sharp. He couldn't have done much more than what he did."
Even Kershaw was impressed with Kelly's effort.
"He made pitches when he had to and he got a lot of double-play balls," Kershaw said.