Ricky Nolasco

Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday runs the bases after hitting a two-run home run off Dodgers starter Ricky Nolasco in the Dodgers' 4-2 loss in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series on Tuesday. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times / October 15, 2013)

Due up in the ninth are Andre Ethier, Yasiel Puig and Juan Uribe.

Cardinals 4, Dodgers 2 (middle of eighth):

Ronald Belisario took over for the Dodgers in the eighth. He lasted three batters. He gave up a one-out single to Jon Jay and then hit Pete Kozma with a pitch.

That brought on Carlos Marmol for his first postseason appearance, and it was a good one.

Marmol struck out Daniel Descalso and got Shane Robinson to fly out to center.

Cardinals 4, Dodgers 2 (end of seventh):

The innings are starting to get kind of ugly for the Dodgers now.

They got a one-out double from Nick Punto, just in for Hanley Ramirez, and he was promptly picked off second by reliever Carlos Martinez.

Carl Crawford then weakly bounced out to first, and the Dodgers were six outs away from being down 3-1 in the series.

Cardinals 4, Dodgers 2 (middle of seventh):

The Cardinals added to their lead, if from an unlikely source.

With left-hander J.P. Howell taking over to start the seventh for the Dodgers, The Cardinals pinch hit Shane Robinson. It was only his second at-bat of the series, but he made it memorable.

Robinson hit a drive to left and Carl Crawford kept backing up and backing up until he was at the wall. The ball landed on top of the outfield wall and bounced out for a solo homer.

Howell created a little more suspense when he gave up a two-out walk to Carlos Beltran and single to Matt Holliday, but struck out Matt Adams.

Cardinals 3, Dodgers 2 (end of sixth):

When this inning ended, Nick Punto came out defensively for the Dodgers. Hanley Ramirez was in obvious pain swinging the bat. He struck out in his three at-bats. Dodgers probably had to tell him to sit.

In the bottom of the sixth Dodgers got a one-out single from Yasiel Puig, and that ended the night for Lance Lynn. Seth Maneess was able to get Juan Uribe to hit sharply into an inning-ending double play.

Lynn allowed two runs on six hits and three walks, with five strikeout in his 5 1/3 innings.

Cardinals 3, Dodgers 2 (middle of sixth):

Chris Withrow keeps struggling, and keeps getting out of trouble.