A stroke of luck in Phillies' Game 3 win

Ben Francisco's improbable pinch-hit home run pushes Cardinals to brink

Updated: October 5, 2011, 11:14 AM ET
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

ST. LOUIS -- The magic of October isn't an easy thing to explain.

You don't measure it just on the scoreboard. You measure it with throbbing hearts and exploding eardrums. You measure it in the looks on the faces of October's unlikely heroes. You measure it by the memories it creates.

And if that's the measure, Game 3 of the National League Division Series, on a pulsating Tuesday afternoon turned early evening at Busch Stadium, deserves to go down as another classic October ...

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