Joe Kelly surrendered four earned runs on seven hits and Adrian Gonzalez was 3-4 with two home runs, as the Dodgers beat the Cardinals 6-4 in Game Five of their National League Championship Series on Wednesday afternoon in Los Angeles.
The win by the Dodgers, down three games to one and on the brink of elimination, forces a sixth game Friday night in St Louis.
The Cardinals squandered an opportunity in the first inning against Dodgers starter Zack Greinke, failing to score after loading the bases with no outs. After Matt Holliday reached to fill the bags, Matt Adams struck out and Yadier Molina grounded into a double play.
Greinke didn’t make many more mistakes, surrendering just two earned runs on six hits scattered over seven innings.
The Dodgers pounded out nine total hits and four home runs in the win.
St Louis scored two runs and brought the go-ahead run to the plate in the ninth inning, but Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen struck out pinch hitter Adron Chambers to pick up the save. Matt Holliday paced the Cardinals offensively with three hits in four at bats.
Friday’s scheduled Game Six starters are Michael Wacha for the Cardinals and Clayton Kershaw for the Dodgers. If necessary, Game Seven will be on Saturday night in St Louis.