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The Cardinals, who had lost six of seven at home entering the series, have won 10 of the last 11 over the Dodgers at home. Los Angeles is 1-7 at new Busch Stadium.
The Dodgers finished the game under protest after manager Joe Torre burned pinch hitter Mark Sweeney, replacing him with Jeff Kent, after believing the Cardinals had signaled for a pitching change during a two-run eighth. Torre and the Cardinals' Tony La Russa took turns discussing the situation with the umpires, delaying the game for several minutes.
La Russa did change pitchers after the game resumed, and rookie Chris Perez caught Kent on a called third strike and Angel Berroa on an infield pop-up to end the inning. Perez also worked the ninth for his first career save in two chances.
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