(AP) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals both struggled coming out of the All-Star break, but a pair of sweeps over the weekend have each feeling optimistic.
The Dodgers, who have won seven straight over the defending World Series champions, will try to extend that run Monday night when they open a four-game series in St. Louis.
Los Angeles lost two of three to both San Diego and Philadelphia to start the second half of the season, but regrouped with a three-game sweep of the New York Mets at Citi Field over the weekend.
The Dodgers (52-44) won 8-3 in 12 innings Sunday for their fourth straight win. After blowing a 3-1 lead in the sixth, Matt Treanor's two-run single triggered a five-run 12th.
Los Angeles, which dropped 19 of 25 before its current winning streak, has totaled 28 runs in the four wins after scoring 19 the previous six.
"I think we're getting back into that type of, 'We can do this' mood," Treanor said.
Matt Kemp's return has helped. He had two hit...