Now wearing Cardinals red instead of Dodgers blue, veteran shortstop Rafael Furcal said he was adjusting quickly to his new surroundings in St. Louis.

"I'm doing pretty good," he said before Monday's game. "I'm not hitting the way I'm used to hitting, but I'm playing good defense and I'm on the bases a lot of times."

Coincidentally, it was a defensive play involving Furcal that later was the difference in the Dodgers' 2-1 win. Aaron Miles scored from third base ahead of a throw by Furcal to the plate.

Furcal was not in the starting lineup after twisting his right thumb Sunday while falling in indoor batting cages at Wrigley Field in Chicago. But he was inserted into the game in the ninth inning.

Furcal, 33, spent 51/2 years with the Dodgers but was traded to the Cardinals just before the non-waiver trade deadline July 31. He left the the clubhouse at Dodger Stadium while the team was still playing.

"I said [goodbye] to them before that," Furcal said. "They understand my situation. It was a little tough, emotional. I loved the [Dodgers] fans there. They treated me so good."