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Comeback Cardinals rally to tie series with Phillies

Oct 2, 2011, 9:18 p.m.
St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols hits a broken bat single against the Philadelphia Phillies in the ninth inning of Game 2 of their MLB National League Divisional Series baseball playoffs in Philadelphia, October 2, 2011. REUTERS/Tim Shaffer

(Reuters) - Another gritty St. Louis comeback lifted the Cardinals to a 5-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday to tie their best-of-five divisional playoff series 1-1.

Having overcome an eight game deficit in the final month of the season to claw their way into the playoffs, the Cardinals rallied from a 4-0 hole against the Phillies on Sunday and now head back to St. Louis for Game Three on Tuesday.

The Cardinals scored three runs in the fourth inning to get back in the game, and Albert Pujols delivered the go-ahead RBI single in the seventh as the visitors tallied five runs and 12 hits against proven post-season pitching performer Cliff Lee.

St. Louis starter Chris Carpenter, pitching on just three days rest, lasted only three innings and left with his team trailing 4-0 but the Cardinals' six relievers stepped up to close out the Phillies.

(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles. Editing by Patrick Johnston)

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