April 20, 2005 - VERO BEACH, FL - Andy LaRoche hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh and Casey Hoorelbeke pitched five shut out innings as the Vero Beach Dodgers defeated the Cardinals on Wednesday night.
In his first start of the season, Hoorelbeke (1-1) allowed only four hits while striking out seven batters to earn the win. Reliever Mark Alexander came on to pitch three innings to notch his second save of the season.
For the Cardinals, Tyler Adamczyk (1-2) got the tough-luck loss, allowing only two runs (one earned) over six innings.
Leading 2-1, Ryan Russ led off the bottom of the seventh with a single to center. Tony Abreu sacrificed him to second. One out later, Anthony Raglani walked. LaRoche followed with his home run off reliever Roberto Batista to pad the lead for the Dodgers.
The Cardinals scored their lone run in the top of the seventh. Calvin Hayes was hit by a pitch, followed by a walk to Anthony Monegan. Brendan Ryan then reached on a bunt single to load the bases. An out later, Terry Evans drove home the run on a sacrifice fly for his team-leading 11th RBI.
Mike McCoy, starting at second base, went 2 for 3 for the Cardinals.