Cardinals players jumped up and cheered wildly in the dugout, while Phillies fans sat silently in disbelief. The red clad faithful had their hearts broken already once Sunday.
Clinging to a 4 3 lead, Lee got the Nike Uptempo Release Dates
He's 0 3 with a 7.13 ERA in the last three outings.
Pujols, who struck out in his previous two at bats, lined a single over drawn in shortstop Jimmy Rollins to give St. Louis a 5 4 lead.
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first two outs in the sixth. Then Ryan Theriot lined a two out double to left and Jay followed with an opposite field single to left. Theriot slid home safely ahead of Raul Ibanez's high throw to tie it at 4.
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Many fans walked over to watch the two sport doubleheader, and the crowd of 46,575 was the largest in the eight year history of Citizens Bank Park.
But one reliever after another did the job for manager Tony La Russa.
Just a few hours earlier, the Eagles blew a 20 point lead and lost 24 23 to the San Francisco 49ers in an NFL game across the street.
But Rafael Furcal followed with a line drive single to left. Theriot scored and Jay came rumbling around the bases. Ibanez made a perfect one hop throw and the ball arrived along with Jay. He slammed into Ruiz, his left forearm knocking the stocky catcher backward. But Ruiz held to temporarily prevent the tying run from scoring. Lee, backing up the plate, pumped his fist while Ruiz calmly picked up his mask and jogged to the dugout.
"We've been doing this all year. We don't give up," Motte said. "People counted us out, (but) we kind of went out there and just kept playing hard."
Lee was 7 0 with a 1.26 ERA in his first eight playoff starts 4 0 with the Phillies in 2009 before losing Games 1 and 5 of the World Series to the San Francisco Giants as a member of the Texas Rangers last year.
few innings, the Cardinals took the lead in the seventh. Allen Craig led off with a triple off center fielder Shane Victorino's glove. A three time Gold Glove winner, Victorino misplayed the ball. He had to go a long way to make the catch, but overran it and the ball bounced off his glove.
Jay advanced to second on the throw to the plate, and Carpenter was pulled for pinch hitter Nick Punto. Lee fired a 92 mph fastball by Punto for the second out.
Pujols hit a go ahead single in the seventh inning after Cliff Lee blew a four run lead, and the Cardinals rallied past Philadelphia 5 4 Sunday night to even their NL playoff matchup at one game each.
Pitching on three days' rest for the first time in his career, Chris Carpenter struggled for the Cardinals.
"I wasn't able to make my pitches, so I take full responsibility," Lee said.
Maybe he got cold.
Down 4 0, the Cardinals started their rally in the fourth. Berkman walked and Yadier Molina hit a one out infield single. Theriot sliced an RBI double down the right field line and Jay followed with an RBI single to get St. Louis within 4 2.
On a chilly night when game time temperature was 50 degrees, Lee was the only starter in short sleeves.
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PHILADELPHIA Jon Jay flipped Carlos Ruiz, then Albert Pujols delivered the knockout blow.
The NLDS shifts to St. Louis for Game 3 on Tuesday. Cole Hamels will be the third straight All Star pitcher to face the Cardinals, who'll send Jaime Garcia to the mound.
Down early, Jay jolted Philadelphia's catcher on a bruising play at the plate. Jay was out, ending the fourth inning. The Phillies, however, couldn't block the Cardinals' path to victory.
The wild card Cardinals, who got into the postseason only after the Phillies beat Atlanta in Game 162, got the split they were looking for on the road against the team that had the best record in the majors.
is one of the best postseason pitchers in history, and he was 17 9 with a 2.40 ERA and a major league best six shutouts this season.
"Any time I got a 4 0 lead in the first or second, I feel I have the game well in hand," Lee said.
For a while, it seemed the Phillies had this one under control.
"I thought that was my only option," Jay said. "I thought I got him all right, and I was hoping that the ball would come out, but it didn't. He did a good job of holding onto the ball."
Six Cardinals relievers combined to toss six shutout innings, allowing just one hit. Jason Motte finished for a four out save.
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