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October 16, 2013

Cardinals find power, take charge

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“I wasn’t really doubting my swing at all. I felt actually really good with my at-bats. Sometimes in this game you don’t always get the results that you want even if you feel like you’re having good at-bats, so I just wanted to stay with it,” he said.

Seeking a second World Series title in three years, St. Louis turned three important double plays and picked off a runner at second base in the seventh inning. Defensive standout Pete Kozma, inserted at shortstop in the sixth, started a difficult double play and darted in to complete the pickoff.

The Dodgers were down 4-2 in the seventh when Nick Punto doubled with one out. Reliever Carlos Martinez, however, picked off Punto before throwing another pitch and then retired Carl Crawford on an inning-ending groundout.

“It was a lonely place to be,” Punto said.

“A great heads-up play by him,” Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. “Then it has to be natural instincts and athleticism by Carlos Martinez, and I don’t know many guys pull that off. He has such athletic moves. He’s quick in everything he does. Then to have the guts to wheel and let it fly like that in a game like we have right now, it’s off the charts.”

Second baseman Matt Carpenter also keyed St. Louis’ sharp work with the gloves, one night after some sloppy play was costly in a 3-0 defeat.

Carpenter had an RBI double in the third that scored Descalso, who hit a leadoff single. Carpenter came around on Holliday’s homer after there were none in the first three games for the first time in NLCS history.

Martinez pitched two scoreless innings to help nail down the win for starter Lance Lynn. Trevor Rosenthal got three outs for his second save in the series.

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