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MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers 4, St. Louis 3

Sept. 16, 2012 at 1:18 AM   |   Comments

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Luis Cruz and Juan Rivera each drove in runs in the ninth inning Saturday, rallying the Los Angeles Dodgers to a crucial 4-3 victory over St. Louis.

Trailing 3-2 and down to their final out in the bottom of the ninth, Los Angeles struck for two runs to stun the Cardinals.

Andre Ethier collected a single off St. Louis closer Jason Motte (4-5) and pinch-runner Dee Gordon stole second.

The next batter, Cruz, then unleashed a liner to center field that just eluded the glove of a diving John Jay, rolling to the wall for a score-tying double.

Rivera followed by dumping a flair that bounced off the glove of second baseman David Descalso, chasing home Cruz with the winning run.

The victory pulled the Dodgers into a tie with the Cardinals for the second National League wild card spot and gave them a 2-games-to-1 lead in their four-game series.

The rally made a winner of Ronald Belisario (6-1), who tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings.

Allen Craig went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and three RBI for St. Louis.

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