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National League Division Series Capsules (Tuesday, October 4th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 3, St. Louis 2
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Ben Francisco's pinch-hit, seventh-inning three-run home run snapped a scoreless contest and Ryan Madson recorded the final five outs, as the Philadelphia Phillies claimed a narrow 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 3 of this NL Division Series from Busch Stadium. Jimmy Rollins collected a pair of hits for the Phillies, who took a 2-1 edge in the best-of-five set. Cole Hamels (1-0) worked six scoreless innings, allowed five hits and walked three, but despite fanning eight, labored at times thanks to throwing 117 pitches. Albert Pujols finished 4- for-5 with three doubles, and David Freese knocked in a run for the Cardinals, who are one loss from elimination after stranding 14 runners. Jaime Garcia (0-1) was tagged in defeat for three runs on six hits over seven full frames. Philadelphia has its first chance to advance to its fourth straight NLCS in Game 4, set for Wednesday evening.
Final Score: Arizona 8, Milwaukee 1
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Rookies Paul Goldschmidt and Josh Collmenter came up big on Tuesday night for the Arizona Diamondbacks, who staved off elimination with an 8-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers in Game 3 of their National League Division Series. Goldschmidt hit a grand slam in the fifth inning and tied a Diamondbacks postseason record with five runs batted in. The 24-year-old Goldschmidt hit the first grand slam in Diamondbacks postseason history and became only the second MLB rookie since 1998 to hit one in the postseason (Ricky Ledee for the Yankees in '99). Collmenter (1-0), who went 10-10 with a 3.38 ERA in the regular season, gave up one run on two hits over seven innings -- a Corey Hart homer and Jerry Hairston Jr. single. He struck out six and walked two. Shaun Marcum (0-1), who went 13-7 with a 3.54 ERA in the regular season, allowed seven runs on seven hits over 4 2/3 innings for the Brewers, who won the first two games by scores of 4-1 and 9-4. Game 4 of the best-of-five series is Wednesday night, again at Chase Field.