Although he struggled early, Zack Greinke escaped jams in the first and third innings exactly the same way, each time getting always-dangerous Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina to ground into an inning-ending double play and strand a runner on third. From there, Greinke settled in and gave the Dodgers exactly what they expected of him, seven strong innings in which he retired the final 13 batters he faced, getting the National League Championship Series back to St. Louis and getting the ball to teammate and fellow ace Clayton Kershaw for Game 6.
Adrian Gonzalez homered twice and went 3-for-4 for the Dodgers, who scored almost as many runs in this game as they had in the first four games of the NLCS combined (seven). His first shot homer, off Cardinals starter Joe Kelly in the bottom of the third, broke a 2-2 tie. The Dodgers also got solo blasts from Carl Crawford and A.J. Ellis.
Game 6 is set for Friday night at Busch Stadium at 5:37 p.m. Los Angeles time (7:37 p.m. St. Louis time). Kershaw will be opposed by Michael Wacha, who dominated the Dodgers over 6 2/3 innings of Game 2 in a 1-0 Cardinals victory.