Cards get timely hits to push Dodgers to brink of elimination

2:07 AM, Oct 16, 2013   |    comments
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Los Angeles, CA ( - The St. Louis Cardinals are hitting a measly .148 through four games of the National League Championship Series.

Somehow, they are one win away from their second World Series appearance in three years and fourth since 2004.

Shane Robinson hit an unlikely pinch-hit home run, Matt Holliday smacked a two-run shot and Lance Lynn pitched effectively into the sixth as St. Louis pulled out a 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers for a firm series lead.

Lynn (2-0) worked around six hits and three walks over 5 1/3 innings and allowed just two runs to pick up his second win of the series and put the Cardinals on the brink of another Fall Classic.

St. Louis was also ahead 3-1 in last year's NLCS before the eventual champion San Francisco Giants rallied and stole the final three games.

The Dodgers are faced with a similar task but may have to play without star shortstop Hanley Ramirez, who exited in the seventh inning after apparently aggravating his broken rib.

Los Angeles had the tying run at home plate in the ninth, and were looking for more postseason magic on the 25th anniversary of Kirk Gibson's infamous walk- off homer in Game 1 of the World Series.

The dangerous Yasiel Puig, however, grounded into a rally-killing double play, and Trevor Rosenthal struck out Juan Uribe to close out the win.

Game 5 is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium.

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