St. Louis Cardinals
7:37 am
Wed October 5, 2011

Cardinals lose to Phillies

Pinch-hitter Ben Francisco and closer Ryan Madson made manager Charlie Manuel's moves look smart, and the Philadelphia Phillies held off the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 Tuesday for a 2-1 lead in their NL playoff series. 

Francisco batted for pitcher Cole Hamels and broke open a scoreless game with a three-run homer in the seventh inning

Madson earned a five-out save. He induced a double play the escape in the eighth and gave up a run in the ninth before nailing down his first multi-inning save of the year.

The Phillies, favored to win it all after a franchise-record 102-win season, can finish off the wild-card Cardinals in Game 4 Wednesday, with Roy Oswalt opposing Edwin Jackson.