Thursday, October 6, 2011

David Freese helps Cardinals beat Phillies 5-3

ST. LOUIS —David Freese homered, doubled and drove in four runs as the St. Louis Cardinals tagged playoff nemesis Roy Oswalt and beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-3 Wednesday night, forcing a deciding fifth game in their NL division series. Center fielder Jon Jay made a sliding catch on Placido Polanco’s soft fly for... the final out, and was already pointing his index finger before he got to his feet. Now it’s back to Philadelphia for Game 5 on Friday night. Roy Halladay, who won the opener for the Phillies, will face St. Louis ace Chris Carpenter. Cardinals manager Tony La Russa has already called it a dream matchup.

The Cardinals responded in the home portion to halve their deficit. Schumaker singled with one out and Berkman doubled off the wall in right-center. Schumaker eventually came around to score when Victorino slipped and fell while attempting to deliver his relay throw.In the fourth, Berkman worked a leadoff walk and Holliday was plunked on the elbow. Pence initially misjudged -- then caught -- a Yadier Molina liner which left runners on the corners, but Freese's double down the left-field line plated both for a 3-2 St. Louis edge.
Utley's leadoff walk in the sixth went for naught as he was cut down by first baseman Albert Pujols while trying to reach third on a fielder's choice by Pence. Howard followed with a fly to center and Victorino grounded out.

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