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Pinch-homer lifts Phils

Phillies teammates congratulate pinch-hitter Ben Francisco after he hit a three-run home run off Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia with two outs in the seventh inning.

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Phillies teammates congratulate pinch-hitter Ben Francisco after he hit a three-run home run off Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia with two outs in the seventh inning.

ST. LOUIS — Charlie Manuel guessed right, twice.

Tony La Russa wound up getting second-guessed. And on his 67th birthday.

Pinch-hitter Ben Francisco and closer Ryan Madson made their manager's moves look smart, and the Phillies held off the Cardinals 3-2 Tuesday for a 2-1 lead in their NL Division Series.

"To steal a game here, if worst comes to worst, we come back home and we've got another game with (Roy Halladay) on the mound," Phillies slugger Ryan Howard said. "We put ourselves in a great situation."

Francisco batted for Cole Hamels and broke open a scoreless game with a two-out, three-run homer off Jaime Garcia in the seventh. The Cardinals stuck with Garcia instead of using a pinch-hitter with two on and two outs in the sixth. Garcia struck out then lost his pitching touch.

"Well, it didn't work, so that's bad managing," La Russa said. "I'm watching him pitch and was really pleased. I thought he was the guy to continue pitching and I knew the matchups were in our favor. … It didn't work."

Madson earned his first multi-inning save of the year. He got Allen Craig to ground sharply into a double play with the bases loaded to escape in the eighth then worked around Yadier Molina's RBI single in the ninth.

Manuel's reasoning: "I figured the game was on the line, and we had to stop them."

The Phillies, favored to win it all after a franchise-record 102-win season, can finish off the Cardinals in Game 4 tonight.

D'backs stay alive

PHOENIX — Paul Goldschmidt hit a grand slam and tied a franchise postseason record with five RBIs, fellow Arizona rookie Josh Collmenter befuddled Milwaukee batters again, and the Diamondbacks stayed alive in their NL Division Series with an 8-1 rout of the Brewers, who lead 2-1.

Goldschmidt gave Arizona a 7-1 lead in the fifth with a two-out, opposite-field homer to right after Miguel Montero had been intentionally walked.

Phillies 3

Cardinals 2

Phillies 2,

Cardinals 1

Game 1: Phillies 11, Cardinals 6

Game 2: Cardinals 5, Phillies 4

Tuesday: Phillies 3, Cardinals 2

Tonight, 6:07: Phillies (Oswalt, 9-10, 3.69) at Cardinals (Jackson, 12-9, 3.79)

Friday, 8:37: Cardinals (Carpenter, 11-9, 3.45) at Phillies (Halladay, 19-6, 2.35) *

Brewers 2, Diamondbacks 1

Game 1: Brewers 4, Diamondbacks 1

Game 2: Brewers 9, Diamondbacks 4

Tuesday: Diamondbacks 8, Brewers 1

Tonight, 9:37: Brewers (Wolf, 13-10, 3.69) at Diamondbacks (Saunders, 12-13, 3.69)

Friday, 5:07: Diamondbacks (Kennedy, 21-4, 2.88) at Brewers (Gallardo, 17-10, 3.52) *

All games on TBS unless indicated

* If necessary

Pinch-homer lifts Phils 10/04/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 1:01am]
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