LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Albert Pujols spent his biggest moments of the St. Louis Cardinals' playoff opener with his bat sitting idly on his shoulder, thanks to some canny managing by Joe Torre.
And though St. Louis ace Chris Carpenter was off his game, the rest of the Cardinals wasted a staggering number of chances to help him out.
St. Louis stranded 14 runners in Los Angeles' 5-3 victory Wednesday night, repeatedly failing to come through against the Dodgers' six pitchers.
While both teams missed numerous opportunities in a game that set the division series record for total runners left on base by the sixth inning, St. Louis' failures were more untimely and more thoroughly distributed throughout the lineup.
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