St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Carlos Beltran saved the Cardinals with his arm and won the game with his bat. What a start to the National League Championship Series. Beltran's walk-off hit in the 13th inning gave St. Louis a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 1 of the NLCS, coming three innings after the Cardinals right fielder threw a runner out at home in the 10th. Beltran knocked in all three St. Louis runs, also hitting a two-run double in the third inning that tied the game. Hours later -- after Friday night had become Saturday morning in St. Louis -- Beltran stroked a one-out hit toward the right field corner off Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen to score Daniel Descalso from second base for the winning run. In the 10th, after Mark Ellis tripled, Beltran gunned him down at home for an inning-ending double play. Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is Saturday afternoon in St. Louis. Rookie Michael Wacha, who took a no-hitter into the eighth inning against the Pirates in the NLDS, will start for the Cardinals against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw. Juan Uribe, who hit the homer Monday that got the NL West-champion Dodgers into the NLCS, had a two-run single in the third inning for LA's only runs.
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