Series: Game 3 of 4

LA Dodgers leads 2-1 (as of 7/19)

Game 1: Thursday, July 17
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Game 2: Friday, July 18
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Game 3: Saturday, July 19
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Game 4: Sunday, July 20
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Cardinals 3

(50-47, 21-27 away)

Dodgers 1

(51-45, 27-22 home)

    4:05 PM ET, July 19, 2003

    Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California 

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    W: D. Haren (1-2)

    L: K. Brown (10-5)

    S: J. Isringhausen (6)

    Brown loses first start since coming off of DL

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Dan Haren outdueled Kevin Brown for his first major league victory and Scott Rolen homered as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-1 on Saturday.

    Haren (1-2) allowed a run and six hits, including a third-inning homer by Alex Cora, in his fourth career start.

    The right-hander, whose only professional experience entering this season was at the Single-A level, was called up at the end of June after going 6-0 in eight starts with Double-A Tennessee and 2-1 in eight starts with Triple-A Memphis.

    Jason Isringhausen got three outs for his sixth save in seven attempts.

    Brown, who missed two turns in the rotation -- and the All-Star Game -- because of a lower abdominal strain, allowed two runs and five hits over six innings after being activated from the disabled list. One of the runs against him was unearned, the result of his errant pickoff throw to first base in the third.

    Brown (10-5) lost his fourth straight start despite striking out six and walking none. It was his first defeat in his seven decisions against the Cardinals since July 27, 1997, when they beat him and the Florida Marlins 6-4.

    The Cardinals won for the first time in three games since the All-Star break. No team managed by Tony La Russa has come out of the break worse than 0-2 since 1984.

    Bo Hart opened the game with a double on Brown's second pitch and advanced on a groundout, but was stranded at third as Albert Pujols and Jim Edmonds struck out. But the Cardinals scored a run in each of the next two innings.

    Rolen led off the second with a double and scored on Edgar Renteria's sacrifice fly. Two-out singles by J.D. Drew and Pujols put runners at the corners in the third, and Drew scored when Brown's attempted pickoff throw got past first baseman Mike Kinkade. It was Brown's first error in 19 starts.

    Drew threw out Jolbert Cabrera from right field as he tried to stretch a single into a double in the third. The play was pivotal because Cora followed with his second homer of the season.

    Rolen made it 3-1 in the fifth against Guillermo Mota with his 19th homer.

    Cora had another chance to do some damage in the fifth with runners at second and third, but struck out. Haren walked Shawn Green, but Hart snared Paul Lo Duca's hard liner to second for the third out.

    Brown had one of the season's most bizarre hits earlier in the fifth, when his broken-bat popup to third fell several feet in front of Rolen as the third baseman backtracked to avoid the barrel of the bat.

    Game notes

    Dodgers OF Rickey Henderson, who homered Friday night for the first time since returning to the majors, flied out as a pinch-hitter in the eighth. ... Cardinals LHP Rick Ankiel, who underwent season-ending reconstructive surgery Wednesday on his elbow, turned 24 on Saturday. ... In 1982, the first of La Russa's 22 years as a big league manager, the White Sox were swept in a five-game series by Milwaukee coming out of the All-Star break. ... OF Chad Hermansen, who is out of minor league options, was designated for assignment to make room on the Dodgers' roster for Brown. ... Edmonds' hitting streak ended at 11 games. He was 0-for-3 and struck out looking twice. ... Cabrera became the eighth player to start in the leadoff spot for the Dodgers this season, going 2-for-4.

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