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)

This time he issued a one-out walk to Yadier Molina. On a hit-and-run, Jon Jay's bat nipped the end of catcher A.J. Ellis' mitt. Ellis was called for catcher's interference, putting runners at first and second with no out.

Withrow then got the most timely double play of his young career, getting David Freese to hit a routine grounder to Juan Uribe at third.

Cardinals 3, Dodgers 2 (end of fifth):

The Dodgers got a leadoff single from Carl Crawford but never could advance him. Lance Lynn retired the next three Dodgers in order.

Hanley Ramirez struck out on three pitches and never swung the bat. You have to wonder if he's in too much pain to wing anymore.

After coming out to take the field, he did take detour to talk to home plate umpire Bruce Dreckman, so presumably he was not happy about the calls.

Cardinals 3, Dodgers 2 (middle of fifth):

Chris Withrow had a rough inning, but managed to get out of it.

He walked the pitcher, Lance Lynn, with one out. Always a no-no. After Matt Carpenter lined out to left, Withrow threw a wild pitch to advance Lynn to second and then balked him to third. Then he walked Carlos Beltran to bring up Matt Holliday.

Not an ideal situation, but this time Holliday bounced into a fielder's choice.

Cardinals 3, Dodgers 2 (end of fourth):

Things got interesting in the bottom of the fourth.

Adrian Gonzalez led off with double, and undeterred by St. Louis criticism from the previous game, did his little explosion gesture with gusto, and pointed into the Dodgers dugout.

Andre Ethier drew a full-count walk to bring up Yasiel Puig. Lance Lynn's first pitch was at his chin. Puig, the other Dodger the Cardinals were upset with Monday for being a tad too celebratory, gave Lynn a look but turned and walked away.

Lynn worked Puig to another full count before he hit a single past shortstop Daniel Descalso for a run-scoring single. At first, he pointed both hands to the sky.

Juan Uribe flied out to the warning track in right, Ethier tagging and taking third, before A.J. Ellis lined a single to center to score him.

Skip Schumaker hit for Nolasco, but bounced into an inning-ending double play.

In his four innings, Nolasco gave up three runs on three hits and a walk, with four strikeouts. Chris Withrow has taken over for the Dodgers to start the fifth.

Cardinals 3, Dodgers 0 (middle of fourth):

Meanwhile, it was back to the Ricky Nolasco who looks crisp and ready to throw blanks.