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Phillies Drop Game Two As Cardinals Even Series

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Allen Craig tripled and scored the go- ahead run in the seventh inning, and the Cardinals used a strong bullpen effort to secure a 5-4 victory over the Phillies and even their National League Division Series at a game apiece.

St. Louis starter Chris Carpenter, pitching on three days’ rest for the first time in his career, lasted only three innings and allowed four runs. But six pitchers combined to hold Philadelphia to one hit the rest of the way, giving the Cardinals’ offense a chance to erase the deficit.

They did, scoring all five runs against Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee.

Craig, starting in place of the injured Matt Holliday, began the seventh with the triple to center and scored on Albert Pujols’ base hit. The run sent the Cardinals to the victory and give them a chance to take the series lead Tuesday at home in Game 3.