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Cards within a game of closing out NLCS

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By Associated Press

 LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Cardinals have been this close to the World Series before, and they don't want to blow it this time.

St. Louis got home runs from Matt Holliday and pinch-hitter Shane Robinson — the first of the NL championship series — and beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2 Tuesday night for a 3-1 lead in their best-of-seven playoff.

The Cardinals have lost the NLCS both times they owned such a commanding lead, most recently last season when they dropped three in a row to San Francisco, the eventual World Series winner.

"That's something that we thought last year — up 3-1 and all we have to do is win one more and we're there," closer Trevor Rosenthal said. "But that didn't work out, so we've just got to keep the same approach."

With a quick turnaround for Game 5 Wednesday afternoon in Los Angeles, the Dodgers will try to forget the loss, and hope the Cardinals remember their recent past failures.

"We get into a Game 7, those things (losing a 3-1 lead) will creep into their heads over there," Dodgers infielder Adrian Gonzalez said. "Our goal is definitely to push this to a Game 7."

Joe Kelly will start Game 5 for the Cardinals, looking to clinch their 19th pennant.


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