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Dodgers Throw Knuckles, Cards Hit Bombs

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The Dodgers dropped their fourth straight game at home 3-2 to the St. Louis Cardinals. At 70-49 they have gone 23-23 at home since going 13-0 to begin the season.

Knuckleballer Charlie Haeger got his first start for the Dodgers and his first overall start since 2006. He went seven innings giving up three runs on five hits while hitting one batter.

To open up the fourth inning Haeger gave up a solo homer slugger Albert Pujols.

After getting Matt Holliday to pop up in the seventh inning, Haeger hit Ryan Ludwick with a 72 mph knuckleball then gave up a homer to Rick Ankiel that he took to right field.

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“Tonight a couple of pitches got away from me,” Haeger said of the two home runs he gave up. “But all in all it was a decent outing.”

Manager Joe Torre thought the effort was a little better than decent.

“He pitched a hell of a game, no question about it,” Torre beamed. “Charlie has certainly earned another start.”

As good as Haeger pitched, the offense had no answers for Chris Carpenter. In fact even when they had Carpenter cornered in the first inning they couldn’t take him out of the game.