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Cardinals Knock Off Phillies To Force Game Five

Last updated on Thursday, October 6, 2011

(ST. LOUIS, MO) - The St. Louis Cardinals forced a decisive fifth game in their National League Division Series with Philadelphia, knocking off the Phillies 5-3 in game four.

St. Louis Starter Edwin Jackson was shaky in the first inning as Chase Utley drove in a run with a triple and scored on Hunter Pence's single to give Philadelphia a 2-0 lead.

Lance Berkman drove in a run with an RBI double in the bottom of the first and David Freese gave the Cardinals a 3-2 lead with a two-run double in the bottom of the fourth.

Freese would add a two-run home run off Phillies starter Roy Oswalt in the sixth.

The Phillies would get their final run in the eighth when pinch-runner Mike Martinez scored on a wild pitch by Fernando Salas.

Marc Rzepczynski came in and struck out Ryan Howard to end Philadelphia's eighth inning threat and Jason Motte pitched a perfect ninth to collect the save.

Jackson allowed two runs on five hits over six innings to get the win while Oswalt took the loss, allowing five runs on six hits over six innings.

Game five will be Friday night in Philadelphia with the winner advancing to the national League Championship Series.

The Phillies will send game-one winner Roy Halladay to the mound tomorrow night while the Cardinals will go with their ace, Chris Carpenter.

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