LOS ANGELES (AP) – Jim Edmonds drove in three runs with a pinch RBI double in the seventh inning and a two-run homer in the 11th, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-5 on Sunday.

Mark Grudzielanek hit a three-run homer against his former team, and Cal Eldred (1-0) pitched two innings of one-hit relief for the victory. Jason Isringhausen got three outs for his 29th save in 32 attempts and his 130th with the Cardinals, moving past Todd Worrell for second place on the team list behind Lee Smith’s 160.

Wilson Alvarez (1-4) walked Abraham Nunez with one out in the 11th and Edmonds, who was scheduled for a day off, connected on a 3-2 pitch for his 20th homer, his third in four games.

Ricky Ledee, who struck out with the bases loaded as a pinch-hitter in the sixth against Al Reyes, tied the score in the eighth against Ray King with his second three-run homer of the series. It was only the second homer King has allowed in 174 at-bats by left-handed hitters during two seasons with the Cardinals – the other was by Arizona’s Luis Gonzalez on July 7.

Olmedo Saenz ended the ninth by hitting into the major league-leading 132nd double play turned by the Cardinals. Einar Diaz of the Cardinals hit into a double play that ended the 10th.

Grudzielanek hit his sixth homer in the fourth against Odalis Perez and scored on a squeeze bunt by Hector Luna in the eighth to give the Cardinals a 5-2 lead.

Los Angeles activated third-baseman Jose Valentin from the 60-day disabled list after he missed 78 games with torn ligaments in his right knee and a sore elbow. Valentin started in left field and was 2-for-5.

Cardinals starter Mark Mulder allowed two runs and five hits in 5 2-3 innings and tied a season high with five walks. Perez pitched 6 2-3 innings and was charged with four runs on only four hits. He faced a starting lineup that included just two players who started for the defending NL champions on opening day – Grudzielanek and Albert Pujols.

Notes: Worrell also held the Dodgers’ record for career saves with 127 until that mark was eclipsed by Jeff Shaw on Oct. 5, 2001. Eric Gagne overtook Shaw last July 10. … Dodgers OF Jayson Werth was placed on the 15-day DL, retroactive to July 27, with bursitis in his left knee. … Cardinals RHP Matt Morris, who takes a two-game losing streak into Wednesday’s outing against Florida, has never lost three consecutive starts in his nine-year career. … The Cardinals finished July 17-9, giving them 10 consecutive winning months for the first time since 1944, when they recorded their 16th straight winning month. … Dodgers RHP Jeff Weaver pinch hit for reliever Giovanni Carrara in the 11th and struck out.

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