The Dodgers have won 15 consecutive road games, a franchise record, and will look to keep the streak alive on Tuesday against the Cardinals.
The longest road winning streak in Major League history is 17, set by the 1916 Giants and equaled by the 1984 Tigers. The 1912 Washington Senators won 16 straight and five other teams -- the most recent being the 1957 Reds -- put together 15 in a row.
Clayton Kershaw will start for Los Angeles in the second leg of a four-game series at Busch Stadium. The Dodgers took the opener, 3-2, on Monday to extend their win streak to five games. L.A. is 32-7 since June 22, the best record in the Major Leagues during that span.
Kershaw will make his first start in August after going 4-1 with a 1.34 ERA in six July starts to earn National League Pitcher of the Month honors. The left-hander leads the Majors with a 1.87 ERA and will be pitching on six days' rest.
The Dodgers pushed their rotation back one day by using rookie Stephen Fife in a spot start Sunday. Zack Greinke fired 6 1/3 innings of two-run ball to earn his 100th career win Monday, and Kershaw believes the extra rest will benefit him, as well.
"I think it can't ever hurt, especially going through August and coming into September," Kershaw said. "We've got a good shot at this thing, so if we can get an extra day every now and then and have six starters that are capable of pitching, then it's not a bad thing for us."
While the Dodgers are 15-2 in the second half, the Cardinals are 3-9 over their past 12 games.
Joe Kelly will start for the Cardinals and look to repeat his last outing, when he snapped a seven-game skid for St. Louis. Kelly has a 1.49 ERA since June 1, the lowest in the Majors among pitchers with a minimum of 40 innings pitched.
Kelly takes a string of 14 2/3 scoreless innings into Tuesday and could benefit from the possible absence of Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez, who did not play Monday because of a jammed right shoulder. Ramirez is hitting .361, but has not had an MRI exam as the club hopes he can heal quickly.
"Any player that you take out of your mix makes it a different-looking lineup," said Cardinals manager Mike Matheny. "That's a different team anytime you take a player away, especially at a key position like shortstop."
Dodgers: Puig contributes in return
Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig missed one game with a left thumb contusion, but was back in the starting lineup Monday. He replaced Ramirez in the cleanup spot and went 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored.
Puig helped save a run in the fifth, when he barehanded a double off the right-field wall and fired a strike to Nick Punto in the infield, who relayed to A.J. Ellis at the plate in time to tag Allen Craig and end the frame.
Puig injured his thumb on a diving catch during Saturday's game against the Cubs and was removed in the bottom of the eighth inning.
• The Dodgers recalled shortstop Dee Gordon from Triple-A Albuquerque on Monday and optioned Fife. Manager Don Mattingly said the club had plans to promote Gordon before Ramirez injured his shoulder chasing a popup into the stands Sunday in Chicago.
Cardinals: Molina progressing from knee sprain
Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, on the disabled list with a sprained right knee, said Monday he's pleased with his first week of recovery and is hopeful to return on Aug. 15, when eligible.
Molina is throwing, but has not been cleared for other baseball activities. He continues to undergo treatment on his inflamed right knee and is limiting his workload to avoid added stress on the knee.
"Right now, I feel a lot better then I felt last week, and hopefully we keep progressing," he said. "Each day it's getting better."
Tony Cruz has gotten the bulk of the playing time behind the plate since Molina went on the DL at the end of July. Cruz hit his second career home run Sunday and went 1-for-4 on Monday.
• The Dodgers have won 10 consecutive one-run games.
• Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday is 9-for-30 (.300) in his career against Kershaw, with one double and one home run.
Austin Laymance is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.