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Pinch power: Francisco's HR lifts Phils over Cards in Game 3

Ben Francisco's pinch-hit, seventh-inning run home run snapped a scoreless contest and Ryan Madson recorded the 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.

Madson came on to diffuse a bases-loaded, one-out situation in the eighth by inducing an inning-ending double-play ball off the bat of Allen Craig. He served up a two-out RBI single to Yadier Molina in the ninth, but recovered to retire Ryan Theriot on a grounder to second to earn his first save of this postseason.

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.