Dodgers Stun Cardinals, Grab 2-0 Lead

Los Angeles scores twice with two out in ninth to beat St. Louis 3-2
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 8, 2009 8:40 PM CDT
Casey Blake celebrates as he scores the winning run for Los Angeles.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The Los Angeles Dodgers, trailing by one run and down to their final out, rallied tonight to stun the St. Louis Cardinals, 3-2, and take a 2-0 lead in their best-of-five National League playoff series. After Ronnie Belliard tied it with an RBI single off Cardinals closer Ryan Franklin, pinch-hitter Mark Loretta drove in the winner with a single of his own.

Left fielder Matt Holliday, whose solo home run accounted for one St. Louis score, is sure to be the goat after booting a fairly routine fly ball that would have been the game’s final out. By the wayside went a stellar effort from Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright, who allowed one run on three hits over eight innings, striking out seven.