ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Shelby Miller escaped with just a bad scare. The St. Louis Cardinals rookie plans on being ready to go again in five days with a bruised right elbow.
"It feels good. I mean, it doesn't feel good but it's better than it could be," the rookie said after the Los Angeles Dodgers punished his replacements in a 13-4 victory on Wednesday night.
"It got me right in between two major bones on my elbow, so I lucked out there. I feel like I'm not going to be out too long. I'm planning on my making my next start."
Leadoff man Carl Crawford's line-drive double knocked out Miller, but X-rays were negative for the 22-year-old right-hander on what the team described as an elbow contusion. He's among the league leaders with a 2.89 ERA while going 11-7 in 22 starts.
Miller pivoted after the pitch to Crawford with his back to the plate, but couldn't get his arm out of the way of the liner that bounded into shallow left field for a double. The elbow was numb at first.
"You always think about the worst things when something like that happens, especially when you've got the trainer trying to get you to grip stuff," Miller said. "You're just in shock."
By Thursday, Miller thought he'd just be sore.
"We've all agreed, it's a good chance that I'm not going to miss any time," Miller said.
Andre Ethier and Skip Schumaker each had three hits and a season-best four RBIs and Crawford had a season-best four hits and a walk. The Dodgers had 18 hits to top their previous best by one, a night after the Cardinals ended their franchise-record 15-game road winning streak, and are 16-3 since the All-Star break.
Schumaker and Jerry Hairston Jr. had two RBIs apiece in a six-run second off Jake Westbrook, the scheduled starter Thursday working on three days' rest.
"When they go out there, they know they've shot their next start," manager Mike Matheny said. "He was determined to stay in there as long as he could.
Cardinals third-string catcher Rob Johnson got the last out in the ninth in his second career pitching appearance, striking out Dodgers reliever Paco Rodriguez.
Ricky Nolasco (8-9) opened with four scoreless innings before giving up three runs in the fifth, all of them unearned because of the pitcher's wild throw to first for a three-base error.
Rookie Michael Blazek worked out of a bases-loaded jam to finish a scoreless first before the Dodgers took off, sending 10 batters against Westbrook (7-7) in the second.
Carlos Martinez, among the Cardinals top pitching prospects, was recalled from Triple-A Memphis to make his first career start Thursday night against the Dodgers and Hyun-Jin Ryu. The 21-year-old right-hander is 4-2 with a 1.76 ERA in the minors and made his major league debut earlier this year out of the bullpen, with a 5.56 ERA in 11 1-3 innings over 10 appearances.
The 35-year-old Westbrook made his first regular-season relief appearance since April 19, 2004, when he worked seven perfect innings for Cleveland against Detroit. In 4 2-3 innings he gave up nine runs on 13 hits.
"You want to come in and do what you can and help the team out," Westbrook said. "Three days rest is sufficient for most people.
"The bottom line is I didn't do that."
A Star Wars-themed night that featured graphically-enhanced images of Cardinals players on the video board, and storm troopers at home plate for the exchange of lineup cards fell flat with Matheny, who said he'd never seen any movies in the series.
"We weren't a movie-going family," said Matheny, who recalled a childhood minus cable TV, too, and days spent playing football, baseball and Wiffleball.
Notes: The Dodgers' Matt Kemp was eligible to come off the DL Tuesday from a left ankle injury but manager Don Mattingly said he's not ready to sprint and make sudden stops and cuts. ... Holliday has grounded into a career-high 25 double plays, by far the most in the majors, and David Freese is among the leaders with 18 after getting victimized in the fourth. Former Cardinal Albert Pujols twice led the league, totaling 29 in 2011. ... Dodgers RF Yasiel Puig's attempt at a leaping catch in the stands was thwarted by a fan who gloved the ball on Matt Adams' long foul.
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Carlos Beltran and Matt Adams homered in the eighth inning, and the St. Louis Cardinals snapped the Los Angeles Dodgers' 15-game road winning streak with a 5-1 victory on Tuesday night.
Joe Kelly pitched into the sixth inning, outperforming Clayton Kershaw and helping St. Louis to its fourth victory in the last six games. Tony Cruz added an RBI single.
The Dodgers' road winning streak was a franchise record. Their previous loss away from Chavez Ravine was a 4-2 decision at San Francisco on July 6.
Adrian Gonzalez hit a one-out RBI single off Kelly (3-3) in the sixth, but that was it for Los Angeles against the right-hander. He left with runners on first and second and the Cardinals nursing a 2-1 lead.
Andre Ethier singled against Randy Choate, loading the bases, but Seth Maness got A.J. Ellis to bounce into an inning-ending double play.
The Cardinals then grabbed control in the eighth. Beltran hit his team-high 20th homer off Brandon League for a 3-1 lead. Matt Holliday then walked before Adams connected for his third pinch-hit drive of the season.
Kershaw (10-7) allowed two runs and six hits in six innings for Los Angeles, which dropped to 15-3 since the All-Star break. The left-hander is 5-2 with a sparkling 1.62 ERA over his last eight starts.
Cruz helped the Cardinals take the lead in the sixth. He singled in Jon Jay, then moved to third on Pete Kozma's double. He came home on Kelly's bouncer to second, lifting St. Louis to a 2-0 lead.
Kelly was working on a scoreless streak of 20 innings before Los Angeles scored in the sixth. He allowed six hits while lowering his ERA to 2.98.
St. Louis recorded four double plays in the first six innings to help Kelly, who is 3-0 in five starts since joining the rotation on July 6. The Cardinals used six pitchers.
The Dodgers came up two wins short of tying the major league single-season mark of 17 straight road wins for the Detroit Tigers from April 3-May 24, 1984, and New York Giants from May 9-29, 1916. The two-season mark is 21 in a row by Detroit from Sept. 18, 1983 to May 24, 1984.
NOTES: St. Louis-based rapper Nelly took batting practice before the game. He also threw out the ceremonial first pitch from the rubber on his bobblehead night. "I was glad that I just didn't totally bounce the ball," he said. "It hit the dirt a little, but it was there. Just a little low and outside." ... Los Angeles is 32-8 in its last 40 games. ... The Cardinals scored in the first inning in their previous four games before coming up empty on Tuesday. ... Beltran did not hit a home run in July, the first month he has gone without a round-tripper since September 1998, his first month in the league
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Adam Wainwright lacked ace stuff again, falling behind in the count and battling to get outs. Facing the visitors no one likes to see these days, he again took the St. Louis Cardinals deep into the game but missed a third straight chance to take the National League lead in wins.
"I wouldn't say I'm in a lull by any means," Wainwright said after the Los Angeles Dodgers won 3-2 for their 15th straight road victory Monday night. "I feel great, there's no reason not to be winning games.
"A play here, a play there has not been going my way."
Manager Mike Matheny was unhappy and terse about Carlos Beltran's first sacrifice bunt of the season after the first two runners reached safely in the seventh.
"Sometimes we put them on, sometimes we do it on our own," Matheny said. "A lot of things could have happened differently for us, a lot of little things could have changed the game but didn't, and now we move on."
Zack Greinke pitched into the seventh inning and raised his batting average to .405 with an RBI single for the Dodgers.
Wainwright (13-7) is tied for the league lead with teammate Lance Lynn and is 0-2 in his last three starts although he's worked at least seven innings in all three.
"It didn't have the zip on it maybe a little bit, but I was still able to make some good pitches," Wainwright said. "I mean, I'm tired of tipping the hat, but you've got to tip your hat."
Wainwright had retired eight in a row before Nick Punto doubled to the opposite-field in left with two outs in the seventh and Greinke lofted a single on a tough curveball that made it 3-1.
"I can't remember the last time a pitcher hit that for a hit, much less an RBI hit," Wainwright said. "That's not the pitch of the inning that really gets me. A double to Punto on a bad pitch, middle of the plate, that cost us."
Punto was productive subbing for injured shortstop Hanley Ramirez and the Dodgers got an RBI apiece from Andre Ethier and A.J. Ellis while matching the Cincinnati Reds' 15-game run in 1957. They're two wins shy of the NL record set by the 1916 New York Giants.
Greinke (9-3) allowed two runs in 6 1-3 innings for his 100th career victory, allowing two hits in the third, fourth and fifth but no runs. Paco Rodriguez earned his second career save with a perfect ninth.
Carlos Beltran and Allen Craig had an RBI apiece for the Cardinals, stifled in the opener of a 10-game homestand after totaling 44 runs the previous four games. They've lost nine of 12 overall.
Punto's relay to the plate preserved a one-run lead in the fifth and denied David Freese of an RBI double, and he made nice defensive plays to end the seventh and eighth.
Matt Carpenter doubled off the right-field wall in the first and took third when Yasiel Puig fumbled the ball, then sprinted home on Beltran's groundout when Punto sailed a throw over catcher A.J. Ellis' head.
Running shoe-top catches by Puig in right field and Ethier in center helped Greinke strand three Cardinals in a scoreless third. St. Louis came up empty again in the fourth after opening with singles by Jon Jay and Tony Cruz, and Punto's relay in the fifth caught Allen Craig at the plate on Freese's double to right.
The first three Dodgers reached in the fourth, with Adrian Gonzalez stopping at third on Puig's double off the right-field wall and then scoring on Ethier's broken-bat single. Puig scored the go-ahead run when Ellis beat the relay on a potential double-play ball.
NOTES: Major league ERA leader Clayton Kershaw (10-6, 1.87) faces Cardinals fifth starter Joe Kelly (2-3, 3.10) on Tuesday. Kershaw was the NL pitcher of the month in July going 4-1 with a 1.34 ERA, while Kelly has thrown 14 2-3 consecutive scoreless innings for the Cardinals in a bid to become more than just an occasional fifth starter. ... The Dodgers are 8-1 in Greinke's last nine starts.