Bullpen, balanced attack take Dodgers past Cards
They were facing an ace they had never beaten.
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Meanwhile, their own starter couldn't get out of the fourth inning.
Still, the Dodgers managed to win the inaugural contest of their postseason campaign, 5-3 over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday.
It was not the slugger's duel so widely wished for, what with Albert Pujols, Matt Holliday and Manny Ramirez going a combined 2-for-11 with no RBIs. Then again, who needs Ramirez when you've got Rafael Furcal?
A year ago, the Dodgers were a one-man show. Today they're less euphoric, but better — a more well-rounded baseball team and an infinitely more confident one. They know they can win without Ramirez. They know they can win without a bona fide ace.
And at long last, they know they can beat Chris Carpenter. Only one game into this divisional series, they've taken the Cardinals' best punch.