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Beltran's walk-off sends Cardinals past Dodgers in 13th

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ST. LOUIS -- Carlos Beltran kept protesting that he's just one player.

Albeit a pretty special one in October.

"Understand this is not about me," Beltran said. "In order for a team to win a ballgame, a lot of things need to happen right, the right way. We have to pitch, we have to play defense, and we have to come through offensively."

Beltran had the last two covered like a blanket in Game 1 of the NL Championship Series Friday night, giving the St. Louis Cardinals his latest scintillating postseason performance in a 13-inning, 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

"Carlos, he's a tough out for us," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.

Beltran hit a tying, two-run double in the third inning. Then he took charge on defense, calling center fielder Jon Jay off the ball before throwing out a runner at the plate from shallow right field in the 10th to keep it even.

"I felt I was going to have a better angle so I called for the ball about five or six times," Beltran said. "And Jon Jay was able to hear me and leave it up to me."

Well past midnight at Busch Stadium, Beltran singled into the right-field corner with one out against Kenley Jansen in the 13th to finish a game that took 4 hours, 47 minutes.

"I tip my hat to Carlos Beltran, he's a pro," Jansen said. "It's my job to get these guys out. I was comfortable with the situation."

Neither team had much time to exhale before Game 2 Saturday afternoon, scheduled to start 14 1/2 hours after Daniel Descalso crossed the plate. It features a marquee pitching matchup -- major league ERA leader Clayton Kershaw vs. Cardinals rookie Michael Wacha, who's flirted with no-hitters his last two starts.

Beltran has 16 home runs, 12 doubles and 34 RBIs in 40 career postseason games, and is hitting .345. He's also scored 42 runs and stolen 11 bases while with the Astros, Mets and Cardinals.

The eight-time All-Star is hoping this year ends with his first trip to the World Series.

"Just fun to watch him do his thing, whether it's offensively, the big throw he made defensively," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said.

It was the longest postseason game for the Dodgers since the 1916 World Series, when Babe Ruth pitched all 14 innings to lead the Boston Red Sox past Brooklyn.

This one also tied for the longest series opener in postseason history, according to STATS. Boston and Cleveland played 13 innings in their 1995 AL division series, with the Indians winning 5-4.

"You work so hard in the offseason, spring training and regular season to get to this point and we're fortunate to be here," Beltran said.

"That's a preview. Today was a good game and that's what it's all about. They didn't want to lose and we didn't want to lose," he said.

Descalso had a pinch-hit single with one out in the 13th off rookie Chris Withrow, and Matt Carpenter walked. Jansen, usually the Dodgers' closer, relieved and Beltran won it with his hit on a 3-1 count.

The Cardinals remained unbeaten in extra-inning postseason games since dropping the opener of the 1946 World Series to Boston. That said, they're just 4-0 in that span.

Winning pitcher Lance Lynn strengthened his case for a possible Game 4 start with two scoreless innings. Withrow took the loss.

"There were a lot of big outs that both teams got tonight," Mattingly said. "If the rest of the series is like this game, it should be a pretty good one."

The Dodgers had two on in the ninth, 10th and 11th and came up empty. They stranded 11 overall while going 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position. They averaged 6 1/2 runs and batted .333, best ever in an NL postseason series, while taking a four-game division series from the Braves.

Dodgers starter Zack Greinke struck out 10 in eight innings, allowing just four hits. Cardinals starter Joe Kelly left after the sixth with the score 2-all.

Mark Ellis tripled with one out in the Dodgers 10th. After Hanley Ramirez was intentionally walked, Michael Young followed with a fly ball to shallow right field that Beltran caught.

Beltran made a strong, one-hop throw home and Ellis crashed into Gold Glove catcher Yadier Molina.

Molina held the ball, but it was hard to tell whether he actually tagged Ellis. On such plays, however, umpires almost always give the benefit to the catcher and call the runner out.

"You've got to go, that's what you do," Ellis said. "They made a great throw, Yadi made a great tag."

The Dodgers put runners at first and second with two outs in the 11th against John Axford. Pinch-hitter Nick Punto, who played for the Cardinals on their 2011 World Series championship team, struck to end the inning.

Young, in the game after cleanup man Adrian Gonzalez was pulled for a pinch-runner in the eighth, got another chance in 12th. With runners on first and second, he grounded into an inning-ending double play against Lynn.

Beltran's double in the third barely eluded center fielder Andre Ethier.

Slowed by a sore ankle, Ethier made his first start in this postseason. He appeared to mistime his jump just a bit as he banged into the padded wall.

Beltran's two-run double in the third was the only damage against Greinke. He fanned Carpenter, Matt Adams and Pete Kozma twice each and struck out the side in the fifth.

The teams are postseason foes for the first time since a Dodgers sweep in their 2009 division series. It's their first NLCS matchup since 1985, when the Cardinals won in six games behind game-breaking homers from Ozzie Smith and Jack Clark off Tom Niedenfuer.

Kelly left on his own terms after six innings in a 2-all tie, hurt only by Juan Uribe's two-run single in the third. Counting multiple efforts, the Cardinals had five relievers warm but the Dodgers were 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position.

Kelly got all three outs on strikeouts in the first. The Dodgers left runners on second and third when Gonzalez and Yasiel Puig fanned.

Kershaw started the division series clincher against Atlanta on three days' rest Monday and will be on regular rest in Game 2. The left-hander said the media made a big deal of short rest, but not he nor Mattingly.

Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire got a nice hand when he lined up along the third base line during introductions. So did two other former Cardinals, utility men Skip Schumaker and Punto. There was some booing for Greinke, who referred to Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter as a "phony" when Greinke was with the Brewers.

Notes

Carpenter, who entered in a 1-for-29 slump, walked and scored on Beltran's double. ... Greinke's career best is 15 strikeouts for the Royals on Aug. 25, 2009, against Cleveland. ... It was the longest NLCS game since the New York Mets beat Atlanta 4-3 in 15 innings on Robin Ventura's "grand slam-single" in 1999.

 
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The Dodgers lose their longest playoff game since the 1916 World Series and now trail the Cardinals 1-0 in the NLCS.  (USATSI)
The Dodgers lose their longest playoff game since the 1916 World Series and now trail the Cardinals 1-0 in the NLCS. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

C. Beltran
AB 6
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
Los Angeles

Z. Greinke
IP 8.0
H 4
ER 2
BB 1
K 10
 
Los Angeles (N.L.) Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Carl Crawford, LF6020010 .348
Mark Ellis, 2B5020001 .300
Hanley Ramirez, SS2100310 .444
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B2110212 .350
   Dee Gordon, PR0000000 .000
   Michael Young, 1B2000003 .200
Yasiel Puig, RF6000027 .348
Juan Uribe, 3B6022011 .364
Andre Ethier, CF5010123 .125
   Kenley Jansen, P0000000 .000
A.J. Ellis, C5010011 .294
Zack Greinke, P3000002 .000
   a-Skip Schumaker, PH1000010 .214
   Brian Wilson, P0000000 .000
   Ronald Belisario, P0000000 .000
   b-Nick Punto, PH1000012 .000
   J.P. Howell, P0000000 .000
   Chris Withrow, P0000000 .000
   Scott Van Slyke, CF0000000 .000
Totals44292611  
a-struck out for Greinke in the 9th
b-struck out for Belisario in the 11th
Batting
2B - Carl Crawford (1, Kelly)
3B - Mark Ellis (1, Rosenthal)
SH - Mark Ellis (1)
RBI - Juan Uribe 2 (6)
2-OUT RBI - Juan Uribe 2 (4)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Yasiel Puig 1
DP - Puig-Gonzalez
Los Angeles (N.L.) Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Zack Greinke 84221100 2.57
Brian Wilson 1000210 0.00
Ronald Belisario 1000010 4.50
J.P. Howell 1100000 0.00
Chris Withrow (L,0-1) 1.1111110 13.50
Kenley Jansen 0100000 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Zack Greinke 104-68, Brian Wilson 28-12, Ronald Belisario 9-6, J.P. Howell 15-8, Chris Withrow 25-13, Kenley Jansen 5-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zack Greinke 6-7, Ronald Belisario 1-1, J.P. Howell 1-2, Chris Withrow 1-2
Batters Faced - Zack Greinke 28, Brian Wilson 5, Ronald Belisario 3, J.P. Howell 4, Chris Withrow 6, Kenley Jansen 1
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Matt Carpenter, 2B4110220 .087
Carlos Beltran, RF6023011 .250
Matt Holliday, LF5000012 .240
Matt Adams, 1B4000121 .261
Yadier Molina, C4020100 .333
Jon Jay, CF5000004 .143
David Freese, 3B5000022 .143
Pete Kozma, SS5000030 .267
Joe Kelly, P2110010 .250
   Randy Choate, P0000000 .000
   Seth Maness, P0000000 .000
   Carlos Martinez, P0000000 .000
   a-Adron Chambers, PH1000010 .000
   Trevor Rosenthal, P0000000 .000
   b-Kolten Wong, PH1000000 .000
   John Axford, P0000000 .000
   Lance Lynn, P0000000 .000
   c-Daniel Descalso, PH1110000 .200
Totals43373413  
a-struck out for Martinez in the 8th
b-grounded out for Rosenthal in the 10th
c-singled for Lynn in the 13th
Batting
2B - Carlos Beltran (2, Greinke)
RBI - Carlos Beltran 3 (9)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Beltran 2 (4)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Carlos Beltran 1
DP - M. Carpenter-Kozma-Adams, M. Carpenter-Kozma-Adams-Beltran-Molina, M. Carpenter-Kozma-Adams-Beltran-Molina-Kozma-Adams
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Joe Kelly 6622250 3.18
Randy Choate 0.1000000 0.00
Seth Maness 0.2000010 0.00
Carlos Martinez 1000100 6.00
Trevor Rosenthal 2100120 0.00
John Axford 1100120 0.00
Lance Lynn (W,1-1) 2100110 7.11
IBB - H. Ramirez by Trevor Rosenthal, H. Ramirez by Lance Lynn
WP - Joe Kelly (1)
HBP - H. Ramirez (by Joe Kelly)
Pitches-Strikes - Joe Kelly 95-57, Randy Choate 1-1, Seth Maness 15-9, Carlos Martinez 9-4, Trevor Rosenthal 33-18, John Axford 21-11, Lance Lynn 29-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Kelly 8-5, Seth Maness 1-0, Carlos Martinez 2-0, John Axford 1-0, Lance Lynn 3-1
Batters Faced - Joe Kelly 27, Randy Choate 1, Seth Maness 2, Carlos Martinez 3, Trevor Rosenthal 7, John Axford 5, Lance Lynn 7
Game Information
Attendance - 46691
Game Time - 4:47
Temperature - 66
Umpires - Home - Gerry Davis, First Base - Mark Carlson, Second Base - Mike Everitt, Third Base - Bruce Dreckman