Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - See you in St. Louis.
Behind four solo home runs, including two from Adrian Gonzalez, and a gritty seven-inning effort out of Zack Greinke, the Los Angeles Dodgers stayed alive in the National League Championship Series by hanging on for a 6-4 Game 5 triumph over the St. Louis Cardinals to send the best-of-seven set back to the Gateway City.
Gonzalez finished 3-for-4 with three runs scored to pace a Dodgers' offense that regained its power stroke to force a Game 6, where Los Angeles will be sending ace Clayton Kershaw to the hill. Carl Crawford and A.J. Ellis also delivered solo blasts for the NL West champs, who hadn't homered at all in dropping three of the first four matchups to St. Louis.
Greinke (1-0) helped his cause with an RBI single in addition to limiting the Cardinals to two runs on six hits. The standout right-hander struggled early on, but later found a groove and set down 13 consecutive hitters prior to being lifted for a pinch hitter in the bottom of the seventh inning.
The Dodgers still needed to stave off a furious late comeback attempt to survive, as St. Louis scored twice off Kenley Jansen and brought the go-ahead run to the plate in the ninth before the Los Angeles closer fanned Adron Chambers looking for the final out.
Matt Holliday went 3-for-4 with an RBI and Matt Adams and Matt Carpenter each collected two hits for the Cardinals, who return home for Friday's Game 6 hoping to avoid an undesired case of deja vu. St. Louis also held a 3-1 series lead in last year's NLCS, but proceeded to lose three straight to eventual World Series champion San Francisco.
The Cardinals will pin their hopes on rookie sensation Michael Wacha, who outdueled Kershaw in a 1-0 St. Louis victory in Game 2, when the series shifts back to Busch Stadium.