Los Angeles Dodgers defeat St. Louis Cardinals, 5-3

A series in which nothing went quickly ended Thursday night with the Cardinals and an improvisational bullpen taking a 5-3, 10-inning loss against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Busch Stadium.

Pitching short after Wednesday's 15-inning marathon win, the Cardinals spent closer Ryan Franklin in the ninth inning of a tie game before needing three arms to work the Dodgers' two-run 10th.

The Dodgers won the game when Matt Kemp lined a two-out single off exiled starter Todd We...