Cardinals Come Back to Tie Series with Phillies

It was a rough Sunday for sports fans in Philadelphia.

First, the Eagles coughed up a 20-point lead in the second half and lost 24-23 to the San Francisco 49ers at Lincoln Financial Field.

A few hours later, and just a couple of blocks to the north, the Phillies surrendered a 4-0 lead to fall 5-4 to the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 2 of their National League Division Series.

Game 3 in the series is set for 5:07 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday in St. Louis. The Phillies will be looking to get rid of the bad taste from Sunday's loss, after they appeared to have the game in hand early.

Cliff Lee(notes) fell apart for Philly, giving up 12 hits and five earned runs to blow the lead and earn the loss. He did strike out nine, but Lee hardly looked like himself in this one.

"I wasn't able to make my pitches, so I take full responsibility," he told reporters after the game.

For their part, the Cardinals looked every bit as scrappy as they did while squeezing into the playoffs thanks to Atlanta's monumental collapse.

Albert Pujols(notes) drove in the game-winning run in the top of the seventh for St. Louis, which had tied the score with a run in the sixth following three runs off Lee in the fourth.

Philly will look to bounce back strong on Tuesday when it trots out another All-Star pitcher—Cole Hamels(notes)—to start Game 3. St. Louis counters with Jaime Garcia(notes).

NLDS: Philadelphia Phillies vs. St. Louis Cardinals

Game 1: Philadelphia 11, St. Louis 6

Game 2: St. Louis 5, Philadelphia 4

Game 3: Philadelphia at St. Louis, Tuesday, 5:07 p.m. ET

Game 4: Philadelphia at St. Louis, Wednesday, 6:07 p.m. ET

Game 5: St. Louis at Philadelphia, Friday, 8:37 p.m. ET

Cardinals Phillies Game 2 Boxscore

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Updated Monday, Oct 3, 2011