Win gives L.A. 2-0 series lead

LOS ANGELES – Matt Holliday dropped a sinking line drive for an error with two outs in the ninth inning, leading to a two-run rally by the Los Angeles Dodgers that gave them a 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals tonight.

Ronnie Belliard and pinch-hitter Mark Loretta hit RBI singles off closer Ryan Franklin, giving the Dodgers a commanding 2-0 lead in the best-of-five NL playoff series. Game 3 is Saturday in St. Louis.

Holliday charged in on James Loney's liner to left field, but the ball hit his midsection and dropped to the grass.

Franklin walked Casey Blake before Belliard singled up the middle, scoring Loney. Franklin walked Russell Martin and a passed ball moved runners up to second and third, setting up Loretta's game-winning hit to center field.

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