ST. LOUIS -- Now that's more like it.
A tough road trip in the rear-view mirror, the surging St. Louis Cardinals completed an impressive homestand Thursday afternoon with a 7-4 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Cardinals followed up a depressing 1-5 road trip with a 6-1 week at Busch Stadium that featured a three-game sweep of the rival Chicago Cubs and three wins in four games against the NL West contending Dodgers.
"You look at our lineup and our rotation and the arms we have in the bullpen, there's no reason we cant compete with anybody," said reliever Mitchell Boggs. "And we should expect that. I think every single guy in this clubhouse realizes that and hopefully we can take advantage of these next few months."
Jake Westbrook allowed three earned runs in seven innings to pick up his ninth win of the season. And he continued a remarkable run of starting pitching for the Cardinals, who have seen their starters go at least six innings in 21 straight games.