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Wong's homer lifts Cards over Dodgers for 2-1 series lead

(BaseballStL) -- With the Cardinals up by two, Trevor Rosenthal made his way to the mound in the ninth looking for his second save of the postseason.

He struck out Matt Kemp looking, but Hanley Ramirez singled into center to give the Dodgers life. Carl Crawford blooped another hit into center to bring the go-ahead run in Juan Uribe to the plate. 

After working a full count, Uribe flew out to right field as Ramirez moved up a base. However, Rosenthal hit the repeat button and got AJ Ellis to also fly out to right field to earn the save. 

Neshek's bounce-back eighth inning

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny called upon reliever Pat Neshek once again in the eighth inning Monday night after he gave up the go-ahead home run to Matt Kemp Saturday.

Facing the top of the order, Neshek got the Dodgers to groundout, strike out and fly out in order. 

The Cardinals then made some noise in their half of the eighth inning loading the bases, but a 1-2-3 double play kept the Redbirds from scoring. 

Wong homers to give Redbirds the lead in the 7th

With the Cardinals knocking starter Hyun-Jin Ryu out of the game, they cracked the Dodgers' bullpen once more this time off the bat of Kolten Wong.

Yadier Molina started the inning with a double and was sacrificed to third by Jon Jay. The Cardinals got more than a sacrifice fly as Wong sent the ball 407 feet, just over the Cards bullpen, to give the Redbirds a 3-1 lead.

Wong's home run came off Dodgers' reliever Scott Elbert, which served as the third home run the Cards have hit off the Dodgers bullpen. 

Oscar Taveras then pinched hit for John Lackey who saw his outing end at 7.0 innings, giving up just one run and fanning eight batters. 

Puig triple leads to Dodgers first run

The Dodgers were able to get a run back in the sixth inning after Yasiel Puig started the inning with a stand up triple.

Puig, who had struck out seven consecutive times, shot the ball down the right field line. 

John Lackey did his best to work out of trouble as he got Adrian Gonzalez to pop out to short left field and then struck out Matt Kemp. But Hanley Ramirez hit a double in almost the exact spot as Puig's hit to tie the game at one. 

Carpenter homers, third time in three games

For the third time in the short NLDS, Matt Carpenter took a ball over the wall and gave the Cardinals their first lead in Game 3.

After homering in each of the previous two games, Carpenter to Hyun-Jin Ryu 414 feet over the right center wall for his four career postseason home run. All three homers in this NLDS have come off lefty pitchers, Clayton Kershaw, JP Howell and Ryu.

Lackey gets out of the jam

In his first postseason start with the Cardinals, John Lackey has worked the first two inning with runners on base, however, he's been able to keep runs off the scoreboard.

In the first, Lackey allowed a lead off single to Dee Gordon who then promptly stole second. Yasiel Puig then struck out for the sixth straight strike out in the NLDS. Gordon was then able to move to third on a passed ball.

Adrian Gonzalez hit a fly ball out to Matt Holliday in foul territory, but Gordon didn't test the left fielder's arm and stayed at third. He was stranded at third as Matt Kemp popped out to center to end the inning.

In the second, Lackey allowed singles to Hanley Ramirez and AJ Ellis, but he struck out his counterpart Hyun-Jin Ryu to strand both runners.

On the offensive side for the Redbirds, they've mustered one two-out walk in the first inning from Holliday and back-to-back lead off singles in the second from Matt Adams and Yadier Molina. However, they've been unable to cross the plate, as well. 

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