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               === Four home runs keep Dodgers alive in NLCS ===
 
 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.
 
 "We  know what  we  have in  the  clubhouse. We  believe  in ourselves,"  said
 Crawford.  "We  trust one  another. To be  honest with you,  I just think guys
 weren't ready to lose today."
 
 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.
 
 Gonzalez's  first  home run of  the day  was a big  one, as the slugging first
 baseman  snapped  a 2-2  tie with a  third-inning no-doubter immediately after
 Cardinals  starter Joe Kelly (0-1) got a hobbled Hanley Ramirez to ground into
 a  double  play. The margin grew  to two runs  a couple of innings later, when
 Crawford drilled a Kelly fastball into the seats in right for his fourth homer
 of this postseason.
 
 "We  know the ball  carried here during day, but it was just one of those days
 that  we  were a  little better [offensively],"  Dodgers manager Don Mattingly
 remarked.
 
 In  between, Greinke  settled  down from  a  shaky beginning  to  the game  by
 retiring  the  side in order in  both the fourth  and fifth frames. He did the
 same  in each of  the next two innings, and departed with a 5-2 advantage when
 Ellis  continued  Los Angeles'  power surge  by crushing  an 0-2 offering from
 Edward Mujica into the left-field seats in the bottom of the seventh.
 
 "I  just tried  to locate  some  fastballs and  [it] ended  up working,"  said
 Greinke. "It's  always a mental  battle, a  physical and mental battle against
 them. Trying, like I said, trying to make adjustments before they do.  I don't
 know if that was the case, but that was my mindset."
 
 The  Cardinals  also went down  1-2-3 against Brian  Wilson in the eighth, and
 Jansen  took the  mound  in the  ninth  with a  four-run  cushion courtesy  of
 Gonzalez's second long ball, which came off a hanging curve from John Axford.
 
 St. Louis, which batted an anemic .148 as a group over the first four games of
 this set, had its offense come to life in its final at-bat.
 
 Holliday  dropped in a leadoff double on a fly ball that Dodgers right fielder
 Yasiel  Puig lost  in the  sun, then  crossed the  plate on  Adams' single  to
 center.  Jansen managed  to strike out Yadier Molina and David Freese around a
 Jon  Jay base  hit, but served up  an opposite-field single to Pete Kozma that
 knocked in Adams and made it a 6-4 game.
 
 Chambers,  pinch-hitting for Axford, couldn't continue the rally, however. The
 reserve  outfielder fell  behind in  the count  and ultimately  took a  called
 strike three to end the game.
 
 Los  Angeles  opened the scoring  by reaching Kelly  for four singles during a
 two-run  second.  Juan Uribe shot  a grounder up  the middle in which Gonzalez
 beat  Jay's throw  home for a 1-0  edge, and Greinke later came through with a
 two-out hit through the left side of the infield that brought home Puig.
 
 The  lead didn't last long, however. Carpenter singled with one out in the top
 of  the  third before Carlos  Beltran crushed Greinke's  curve off the wall in
 center  for  an RBI triple.  Holliday followed with  a one-hop double to left-
 center that pulled the Cardinals even at 2-2, though Greinke managed to escape
 further  damage by inducing a double-play grounder from Molina with runners at
 the corners and one out.
 
 Molina also bounced into a twin-killing in his initial at-bat, getting Greinke
 out  of a major jam in the top of the first. Singles by Carpenter and Holliday
 around  a walk  to Beltran loaded the  bases with none out, but Greinke fanned
 Adams  in front  of Molina's  slow  grounder that  was fielded  by Uribe,  who
 stepped  on  the third-base bag  and fired a low  throw to first that Gonzalez
 adeptly scooped out of the dirt.
 
 "We  had  a couple  opportunities to  do something, and  just couldn't make it
 happen,"  said Cardinals  manager Mike  Matheny. "Those  usually come  back to
 haunt you, and today they did."
 
 Kelly lasted five innings, permitting four runs on seven hits and striking out
 three without a walk.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 The  Cardinals fell  to 1-5 all-time in Game  5's on the road in NLCS play ...
 The  top four  hitters in  St.  Louis' lineup  (Carpenter, Beltran,  Holliday,
 Adams)  combined  to go 8-for-15, while  spots 5-9 were 2-for-20 ... Including
 the  playoffs,  Greinke has posted a  9-2 record with  a 2.15 ERA in 15 Dodger
 Stadium starts this year ... Wilson has not allowed an earned run in all 16 of
 his  career  postseason appearances, spanning  17 2/3  innings ... All four of
 Crawford's  homers  during this postseason have  come at home ... Comedian and
 Southern California native Will Ferrell introduced the Dodgers' starters prior
 to the start of the game.
 
 
 10/16 21:26:09 ET