The Cardinals squandered a tremendous start from Chris Carpenter as they fell to the Dodgers, 2-1. Carpenter gave up one run and struck out seven through eight-plus innings but did not factor in the decision. Cards reliever Fernando Salas suffered the loss. Lance Berkman provided the offense for St. Louis with a solo homer, his 29th of the season. The second of the three-game series is tonight with Kyle Lohse [[ Lowsh ]] opposing Clayton Kershaw.