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2011 MLB Playoffs: Rangers advance, D-Backs survive, Yankees force Game 5

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PHOENIX (AP) - Paul Goldschmidt hit a grand slam and tied a franchise postseason record with five RBIs as Arizona cruised past Milwaukee 8-1, staying alive in the NL Division Series.

Paul Goldschmidt's grand slam gave the D-Backs a 7-1 lead that they wouldn't give up. (Photo: Associated Press)

Fellow Arizona rookie Josh Collmenter befuddled Milwaukee batters again was his peculiar pitching style as the Diamondbacks cut the deficit in the series to 2-1.

Willie Bloomquist led off Arizona's first with a single, then swiped second for his third steal of the series. After two outs, Miguel Montero hit a shot deep to center. Nyjer Morgan slammed back-first into the wall but couldn't grab the ball as it bounced free, allowing Bloomquist to score. Goldschmidt followed with an opposite-field RBI single.

Corey Hart hit a leadoff homer for the Brewers in the top of the third to cut the gap to 2-1 but Montero hit an RBI single for Arizona in the bottom of the inning to restore the two-run lead.

Montero's success early in the game led to the fateful decision to intentionally walk him ahead of Goldschmidt in the fifth, loading the bases. With the count 1-2, Goldschmidt got just enough of Sean Marcum's pitch, hitting a homer that barely cleared the right-field fence, giving the hosts a 7-1 lead.

Collmenter was chosen by manager Kirk Gibson over veteran lefty Joe Saunders to start, and he did not allow a hit after Hart's home run, retiring 15 of his last 16 batters.

Milwaukee leads the best-of-five 2-1. Game 4 is Wednesday night in Phoenix.

Phillies 3, Cardinals 2

In St. Louis, pinch-hitter Ben Francisco hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning and Philadelphia hung on to edge St. Louis and take a 2-1 lead in their National League Division Series.

Francisco came in for pitcher Cole Hamels and broke open a scoreless game with a two-out shot.

Phillies closer Ryan Madson earned his first multi-inning save of the year. He came in and got Allen Craig to sharply ground into a double play with the bases loaded to escape in the eighth, then worked around Yadier Molina's RBI single in the ninth.

The Phillies, favorites to win the World Series after a franchise-record 102-win season, can finish off the wild-card Cardinals in Game 4 Wednesday, with Roy Oswalt opposing St. Louis' Edwin Jackson.

Francisco's shot off Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia was only his second hit in 19 at-bats in the postseason.

"I knew the way the game was going I was probably going to be in there to pinch-hit off a lefty," Francisco said. "Got up there with a runner in scoring position, I was just trying to get a hit up the middle and he left one up and luckily it got out of here."

Hamels struck out eight in six scoreless innings. He's a franchise-best 7-4 in the postseason with a 3.09 ERA.

The Cardinals frustrated a season-high crowd of 46,914, stranding 14 runners. They set a National League record with 169 double play balls this season.

Albert Pujols and Ryan Theriot had four hits apiece for St. Louis, the heavy underdog wild-card winners who had runners in scoring position in six innings. They came up empty despite three hits in the eighth, including a pinch-hit single by Matt Holliday in only his second appearance of the series.

Continue to Page 2 for a recap of Tuesday night's American League playoff games.

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