Despite coming home down 0-2 in the NL championship series, the Los Angeles Dodgers believed they easily could have taken the first two games in St. Louis with some clutch hitting.
They finally came through with some big hits to cut their deficit in half, and now aim to even their best-of-seven series with the Cardinals in Tuesday's Game 4.
Los Angeles got a huge lift before Monday's Game 3 with the news that Hanley Ramirez would start. Batting third in the lineup, Ramirez, who sat out Game 2 after being hit by a pitch in the ribs in the opener, singled in his first at-bat and drove in the final run with a hit in the eighth inning in the Dodgers' 3-0 win.
"What can I say? It couldn't be better," Ramirez said. "Really happy we got the first win. Just come back (Tuesday) and even up the series."
Ramirez, who wore a lightweight flak jacket to protect his ribs, is batting .455 with seven RBIs in the playoffs.
Andre Ethier also returned after being limited to a pinch-hitting role in...