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Game 98: Cardinals 3, Dodgers 2

It took a two out rally in the bottom of the 12th inning for the Cardinals to finally put away the Dodgers.

But after several scoring opportunity misfires, Rafael Furcal singled to left to score pinch runner Joe Kelly from second base and give St. Louis a much-needed 3-2 win.

Lance Berkman, on the bench thanks to the bruised knee he got when he was hit by a pitch in the first game of the Dodgers series, drew a walk to put a runner on first and Kelly came in to work the bases for him. With two down, Matt Carpenter singled to center and Kelly looked like he would make it to third. But he tripped over second base and had to go back. 

Furcal hit a ball right at the Dodgers left fielder. But he over-ran the ball trying to rush a throw and Kelly scored without a play.

Cardinals bench jockey Tyler Greene continued to do everything he can to un-endear himself to St. Louis fans. In the 10th inning he was brought in as a pinch runner for David Freese -- and he promptly got himself picked off.

The St. Louis batsmen helped starting pitcher Kyle Lohse remain off the national media radar by failing to offer him any help.

Lohse pitched seven innings and allowed two runs on seven hits. He didn't issue any free passes to the Dodgers and walked four. But when given opportunities to support him, St. Louis batters passed.

Freese came to the plate with a chance for a big inning in the second inning. With runners at first and third with no outs, Freese hit into a double play to tally one run -- while killing the threat.

In the fifth inning, Lohse had to drive in the second St. Louis run himself with a sacrifice to right field that pushed home Freese.

Cardinals Star of the Game: Fernando Salas pitched two key perfect innings to gain his first win of the year.

Cardinals Play of the Game: Furcal's winning hit.

Lowlight: Greene's baserunning gaffe.