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Cardinals beat Dodgers, take 2-1 lead in NLDS

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 06:  Kolten Wong #16 of the St. Louis Cardinals reacts after he hits a two-run home run in the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game Three of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium on October 6, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) 516382095
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 06: Kolten Wong #16 of the St. Louis Cardinals reacts after he hits a two-run home run in the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game Three of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium on October 6, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) 516382095
Published Oct. 7, 2014

ST. LOUIS — Kolten Wong hit a two-run homer to snap a seventh-inning tie, Matt Carpenter went deep for the third straight game and John Lackey lived up to his big-game reputation as the Cardinals beat the Dodgers 3-1 Monday night to take a 2-1 lead in their best-of-five NL Division Series.

Scott Elbert started the seventh after six strong innings from Los Angeles starter Hyun-Jin Ryu, making his first start since Sept. 12. Elbert gave up a leadoff double to Yadier Molina, and after a sacrifice bunt Wong, a rookie, hit a two-run homer to right.

Carpenter staked St. Louis to an early lead with his homer off Ryu. He and Albert Pujols are the only players in Cardinals history to homer in three straight postseason games.

Two runners reached against St. Louis closer Trevor Rosenthal in the ninth before he earned his second save of the series, with an assist from the grounds crew on a rainy night.

With two runners on, Rosenthal missed badly on consecutive pitches to Juan Uribe. Molina and manager Mike Matheny went to the mound, and Matheny motioned toward plate umpire Dale Scott.

The grounds crew came out to apply a drying agent and rake the mound. Rosenthal threw two practice pitches and found his footing, retiring the next two on flies to right.