Miles propels Dodgers past Cardinals

Aaron Miles hit an RBI triple and scored in 1 win over the Cardinals in the opener of a three-game series Monday.

Carpenter hit the leadoff man, Juan Rivera, with his 99th pitch in the top of the ninth and was pulled for newly-acquired veteran Arthur Rhodes despite giving up just five hits and a walk until that point.

Rhodes struck out his only batter, Andre Ethier, but Miles tripled to the right-center field wall off Fernando Salas (5-5) to tie the game at 1-1. Miles then scored when Rod Barajas, facing Jason Motte, grounded sharply to shortstop Rafael Furcal with the infield drawn in.

Furcal knocked the ball down, but his throw home was neither accurate nor on time.

Lance Berkman hit a leadoff homer in the second inning against Dodgers starter Nate Eovaldi, his 29th of the season, for the Cardinals' only run.