Francisco's Homer Lifts Phillies Past Cardinals

October 4, 2011 - 8:35 PM
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Philadelphia Phillies' Ben Francisco hits a three-run home run as St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina looks on during the seventh inning of Game 3 of baseball's National League division series Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Pinch-hitter Ben Francisco and closer Ryan Madson made manager Charlie Manuel's moves look smart, and the Philadelphia Phillies held off the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 Tuesday for a 2-1 lead in their NL playoff series.

Francisco batted for pitcher Cole Hamels and broke open a scoreless game with a three-run homer in the seventh inning.

Madson earned a five-out save. He induced a double play to escape in the eighth and gave up a run in the ninth before nailing down his first multi-inning save of the year.

The Phillies, favored to win it all after a franchise-record 102-win season, can finish off the wild-card Cardinals in Game 4 Wednesday, with Roy Oswalt opposing Edwin Jackson.