Ben Francisco, who had notched just 1 hit in 20 career postseason plate appearances prior to his pinch hit at bat in game 3 of the National League Division Series, mashed a line drive homerun in the top of the 7th inning to help the Phillies take a 2 games to 1 lead in the best-of-five National League Division Series.
The 3-run blast by the man known as "Benny Phresh" provided the Phillies with all the offense they would need, as they downed the Cardinals 3-2.
Left-handed hurler Cole Hamels earned the win, as he threw 6 scoreless inning and struck out 8 Cardinals in the process. For Hamels, it was it was his 7th career postseason victory.
Veteran reliever Ryan Madson, who has appeared in more postseason games (32) than any other pitcher in Phillies history, allowed a run in 1 2/3 innings but preserved the win and notched a save.
The Phillies and Cardinals will face off in game 4 on Wednesday evening at St. Louis' Busch Stadium.
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