ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Joe Kelly grew up in Southern California rooting for the Angels and hating the Los Angeles Dodgers. Losing to them hurt that much more.
"My family hated them. They still do," Kelly said after the St. Louis Cardinals' 5-3 loss on Monday night. "I put too much pressure on myself out there.
"Maybe it got to me."
Kelly (1-3), a rookie right-hander from Corona, Calf., about 50 miles east of Los Angeles, has been impressive as the replacement for injured lefty Jaime Garcia. He worked six innings in 101-degree heat and gave up four hits and two earned runs for his sixth consecutive quality start.
"Joe did a good job, especially not knowing if he was going to get out of the first," manager Mike Matheny said.
Kelly had a tougher day from a physical standpoint. He contributed to Mark Ellis' double-play ball the second at-bat of the game by deflecting a high chopper with his pitching hand, prompting a visit from team trainers and a brief delay to make sure he could still...