(LOS ANGELES) — Matt Holliday, who was 0-for-13 in the series, had two hits including a two-run home run to help lift the St. Louis Cardinals past the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series Tuesday.
The Cardinals now lead the series 3-1 and are one win away from earning a trip to the World Series.
The Cardinals scored three runs in the third inning off Dodgers starter Ricky Nolasco.
The Dodgers scored two runs in the fourth when Yasiel Puig and A.J. Ellis hit RBI singles. After Ellis’ single there was two on and one out so Dodgers’ skipper Don Mattingly pinch-hit Skip Shumaker for Nolasco. Shumaker ended up hitting into a double play ending what proved to be the Dodgers’ last real scoring threat of the night.
While the Dodgers may be on the brink of elimination, recent history says the team isn’t in complete trouble.
Last season the Cardinals took a 3-1 lead in the NLCS against the San Francisco Giants before the Giants won three straight end eliminated the Cardinals.
“We are not thinking about last year…that’s a guarentee,” Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina said. “We are thinking about this year. We’re facing a good pitcher tomorrow and we’ll see what happens.”
Game 5 is Wednesday in Los Angeles. Joe Kelly takes the mound for the Cardinals and will be opposed by Zach Greinke.
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Jill Martin, CNN