Wild Throw Gives Cards 2-1 Win in 10

The Dodgers may have come back from the Al-Star break rested, but the offense didn't come back at all. They scored their third run in three games, losing 2-1 to St. Louis on a wild throw and a soft single in the bottom of the 10th. Mark Henderson had his first strong start in his third try since arriving from Tampa Bay but without runs, the margin is exceptionally thin for the Los Angeles staff.

The Dodgers were at a big disadvantage when the game moved into the 10th inning. St. Louis had won five in a row and three of them came after the ninth inning, while the Dodgers have been 0-4 (now 0-5) in extra inning contests and have lost four of their last five.

J.D. Drew did his part on the afternoon, knocking in the Dodgers' only run in the first. Rafael Furcal doubled to right -- extending his hitting streak to 10 games -- and with one out, Drew lined a ball that just cleared So Taguchi's glove in left to put them up 1-0.

That closes the gap between he and Nomar Garciaparra for most runs batted in since the All-Star break. Drew has one but Nomar leads with two. In 33 innings against the Cardinals in the series, the Dodgers have scored in only three of the innings.

Conversely, the suddenly red-hot Cardinals have homered in a season-best 12 straight games, two more than their best last season and have hit 21 in that span.

Garciaparra, who carried a 22-game hitting streak into Friday, is 0-for-7 the last two losses.

Henderson allowed a pair of singles in the second and a single in the fourth before the guy that really owns the Dodgers (no, not Frank McCourt) Albert Pujols slugged a home run in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game.

Henderson gave up a double and a walk with two out in the seventh and Jonathan Broxton came in to calm those troubled waters.

The Dodgers did recognize Pujols spell over the pitching staff by walking him with one out and no one on in the eighth and in the small-victory department, they then gunned him down attempting to steal second to end the inning.

Hendrickson, who finished his work by allowing five hits in 6.2 innings and striking out four, is 0-2 with a 3.57 ERA in three starts for the Dodgers.

Cardinal starter Jeff Suppan has won only one of his last nine starts and had a 7.59 ERA in the previous eight outings but he handled the Dodgers easily through seven.

The final Dodger chance to get on the board came in the top of the eighth when Drew beat out an infield single -- his third hit of the game and exactly half of the team's total, and Jeff Kent and Andre Ethier walked to load the bases.

Cesar Izturis looked weak on a third-strike curve and Hall flew softly to right to end the threat. Hall's constant whining that he wants to be traded has been joined by a number of Dodger fans who would be pleased to buy him a bus ticket to wherever he pleases.

Juan Encarnacion made a nice running catch in right field to retire Jose Cruz for the final out.

St. Louis broke through in the tenth when pesky Dave Eckstein singled and was breaking for second when Rafael Furcal caught a line drive, double-clutched, then bounced the throw past Garciaparra at first base.

Albert "The Man" Pujols was intentionally walked again and Scott Roland thunked the next pitch off the handle of his bat and produced a perfect rainbow into center field, landing in the Cardinals' pot of gold just out of the reach of Furcal and Ethier as Eckstein scored easily with the winning ticket.

All-Star Brad Penny will attempt to stop the slide today (Sunday), facing Anthony Reyes (1-3, 3.86). It is the final (finally!) game of the four-game set and the final time the Dodgers and Cardinals meet in the regular season. Saturday's paid attendance of 46,068 was the largest crowd of the season at new Busch Stadium.
Los Angeles 100 000 000 0-1
St. Louis   000 001 000 1-2

  Dodgers     ab r h bi ave
Furcal SS      5 1 1 0 .272
Cruz CF        5 0 0 0 .235 
Garciaparra 1B 4 0 0 0 .345 
Drew RF        4 0 3 1 .287
Kent 2B        3 0 0 0 .263
Ethier LF      4 0 1 0 .337
Izturis 3B     3 0 0 0 .284 
Hall C         4 0 1 0 .357
Hendrickson P  3 0 0 0 .000 
 Broxton P     0 0 0 0 .000
 Ledee PH      1 0 0 0 .242
 Baez P        0 0 0 0 .000
   Totals     36 1 6 2
   St.Louis   36 2 8 3 

  Error-Furcal. 2B: R Furcal 
(15), Drew (17) RBI: Drew 
(51). LOB: Los Angeles 11, 
St. Louis 9.

  Dodgers    in h r-er bb so era
Hendrickson 6.2 5  1-1  2 4  3.57
Broxton     1.1 0  0-0  1 2  3.18 
Baez (5-5)  1.2 3  1-0  1 0  3.80 
 HBP: Garciaparra. T- 3:09. Att- 46,068.
Dodger Bluke Notes-- Brett Tomko is close to retuning from a strained oblique muscle that put him on the disabled list on June 24 and the Dodger staff has asked him about moving to the bullpen. Tomko told Grady Little he would do whatever he wanted him to do and said, "I've always thought I could be a one-inning guy. Every manager and coach I've had has brought it up, and this might be the best chance I'll ever have." …The U.S. Postal Service unveiled a quartet of stamps, including one featuring the late Dodgers Hall of Fame catcher Roy Campanella. The stamp will be on display at Dodger Stadium on July 30 during pregame ceremonies that will include members of the Campanella family and current and former Dodgers. The other players featured on the stamps are Mickey Mantle, Hank Greenberg and Mel Ott.

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