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Pujols, pitchers win NLDS game for Cards

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If there's one thing fans have learned in the past month, it's that the St. Louis Cardinals should never be counted out.

The team that overcame a huge deficit in the standings to squeak into the playoffs continues to roll on. After falling behind 4-0 to the Philadelphia Phillies and getting only three innings from ace Chris Carpenter in which he struggled mightily, the Cards managed to pull through.

A strong rotation of relievers stymied the Phillies. Meanwhile, the Cardinals strung together hit after hit, capped off with an RBI by slugger Albert Pujols in the 7th inning that put the Cards ahead 5-4, after which they never looked back.

"This is the playoffs -- whatever it takes to get out of an inning," Pujols told after the game, "and obviously [Manager] Tony [La Russa] was doing that, mixing hitters with pitchers. It worked out this time for us."

Despite being caught in a couple of rundowns, Pujols didn't appear to be bothered by a tweaked ankle that took him out of Saturday's game.

"Listen, nothing hurts in the postseason," Pujols said after the game.

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