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MLB: St. Louis 2, Philadelphia 1

May 18, 2011 at 12:19 AM   |   Comments

ST. LOUIS, May 18 (UPI) -- Lance Berkman delivered a game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth inning Tuesday and the St. Louis Cardinals edged Philadelphia 2-1.

Three straight singles from Ryan Theriot, Jon Jay and Albert Pujols loaded the bases with no outs off Danys Baez (1-2) in the ninth. After Theriot was forced at home on Matt Holiday's grounder, J.C. Romero came on to pitch to Berkman.

The switch-hitter lofted the first pitch over the drawn-in outfield into center, scoring Jay with the winning run and giving the Cards a two-game series sweep against the Phillies.

Fernando Salas (2-0) got the win with a scoreless top of the ninth. St. Louis starter Jamie Garcia allowed only one unearned run on five hits over eight frames.

Placido Polanco's sacrifice fly in the eighth -- set up by second baseman Tyler Greene's fielding error -- forged a 1-1 tie for Philadelphia.

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