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Dodgers Neuter Red Birds, On to NLCS

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Dodgers manager Joe Torre made sure that his team would not suffer a letdown after their miraculous 3-2 victory against the St. Louis Cardinals in game two of the National League Divisional Series.

“We took advantage of the break,” Torre said before the game of getting Thursday’s victory out of their heads, “and we’re sitting up here two games to none.

“We are sitting in a situation where we can do something special, but we still have to make each game special.”

His team heeded his words tearing through the Cardinals 5-1 en route to sweep the NLDS in front of 47,296 Cardinals fans, the largest crowd ever to attend a Cardinals game in St. Louis.

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Manny Ramirez, the goat for the Dodgers during September, woke up from his slumber in the first inning by doubling Matt Kemp home to give the Dodgers a quick 1-0 lead. Manny would go on to hit 3-for-4 with two RBI.

“It looked like Manny was thinking line drive tonight,” Torre said after the game. “I thought his swing was a lot more level, and that was important.”

“You’re not going to hold Manny down too long,” Andre Ethier said. “He’s going to figure it out and get the job done.”

As great as Manny was, Ethier was huge for the Dodgers going 3-for-5 coming up a single short of the cycle. He broke the game open in the third inning hitting a two-run homer giving the Dodgers a 3-0 lead.

“It’s nice to be able to come through,” Ethier said downplaying his role. “If Joe puts you in a certain spot in the lineup, he’s counting on you all year to show up and step up and perform well.”