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Brown loses first start since coming off of DL

7/19/2003

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.