ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- The Philadelphia Phillies took a 2-1 lead over St. Louis in the best-of-five National League Division Series. The Phillies beat the Cardinals 3-2 on Tuesday evening.
The Cardinals had the bases loaded with one out in the 8th inning before Allen Craig grounded into a double play to leave the score 3-1. St. Louis then scored one run in the ninth after Albert Pujols doubled to start the inning and then scored one out later.
Pinch-hitter Ben Francisco and closer Ryan Madson made Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel's moves look smart. Francisco batted for pitcher Cole Hamels and broke open a scoreless game with a three-run homer in the seventh inning.
Madson earned a five-out save. He induced the double play grounder to escape in the eighth and gave up the run in the ninth before nailing down his first multi-inning save of the year.
The Phillies, favored to win it all after a franchise-record 102-win season, can finish off the wild-card Cardinals in Game 4 Wednesday, with Roy Oswalt opposing Edwin Jackson.
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