Game Report: Cardinals 6, Dodgers 1

The Cardinals’ string of impressive performances from their starting pitchers continued Wednesday night, thanks to Mike Leake.

Leake allowed just four hits over eight innings, giving up just one run, to lead the Cardinals over the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

Over their last five games, the Cardinals’ starters have combined to allow just three runs over 37 1/3 innings and only 17 hits.

Leake, who has not allowed more than three runs in any of his nine starts this season, raised his record to 5-2 and lowered his ERA to 1.91, which leads all National League pitchers.

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate: Kolten Wong’s single in the second drove in the first two runs of the game for the Cardinals, who loaded the bases on three consecutive walks … An error helped the Cardinals increase the lead to 5-0 in the fifth, allowing two runs to score, before Yadier Molina delivered a sacrifice fly … Molina added his fourth homer of the year in the seventh, extending his hitting streak to 13 consecutive games … Randal Grichuk was 0-of-4 and struck out three times. He now has 36 hits and 48 strikeouts this season.

On the mound: Leake allowed just two hits through the first six innings, a single by Cody Bellinger in the second and a double by Adrian Gonzalez in the fifth. He finally gave up a run in the seventh when Corey Seager doubled, went to third on a ground out and scored on a sacrifice fly … Leake struck out five and did not walk a batter … Tyler Lyons, who came off the DL on Tuesday, pitched the ninth and retired the Dodgers in order.

Key stat: Dexter Fowler was 0-for-4 before drawing a walk in the eighth. He is now hitless in his last 20 at-bats. The longest hitless streak of his career is 23 consecutive at-bats in 2010, when he was with Colorado. Fowler is just 7-of-47 in May, with six of the hits going for extra bases, and since he hurt his shoulder on May 4 has just four hits in his last 35 at-bats.

Looking ahead: Michael Wacha will get the start in the final game of the series on Thursday night in Los Angeles.