It was taunt and tense. It was a sweaty, nervous little game.
And ultimately, one extremely frustrating game for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Dodgers lost the opener of the National League Championship Series, 3-2 in 13 innings, on Friday night when Carlos Beltran singled off Kenley Jansen to finally drive in the winning run in St. Louis.
The Dodgers had chances all night to win the game but left 11 runners on base, hit into three double plays and had the potential winning run thrown out at the plate in the 10th inning.
Beltran was the Cardinal who threw out Mark Ellis at the plate. And Beltran was the Cardinal who doubled in the St. Louis' two runs in the third inning to tie the score only minutes after the Dodgers took the lead on Juan Uribe's two-run single.
It wasn’t the best managerial game for Don Mattingly, who saw most every move he tried backfire, including sacrifice bunts and running for Adrian Gonzalez in the eighth.
Game 2 is scheduled for 1 p.m. Pacific time on Saturday.
Friday’s game took 4 hours 47 minutes and saw the Dodgers waste an excellent start by Zack Greinke.
An inning-by-inning recap of Game 1 of the NLCS:
Cardinals 3, Dodgers 2 (final in 13):
Carlos Beltran, king of St. Louis.
Beltran, who had driven in the Cardinals' only other two runs, singled in the game winner in the bottom of the 13th inning Friday off Kenley Jansen.
After Daniel Descaiso singled and Matt Carpenter walked off rookie Chris Withrow, the Dodgers called on Jansen.
Beltran singled on a 3-1 pitch and the Cardinals had won the opener of the National League Championship Series.
The game took four hours and 47 minutes.
Dodgers 2, Cardinals 2 (middle of 13th):
Three up, three down for the Dodgers.
My kingdom for a run. It's after midnight in St. Louis
Dodgers 2, Cardinals 2 (end of 12th):
At this rate, they have have to delay the start of Game 2.