Adrian Gonzalez went 3-for-4 with two solo home runs, and Carl Crawford and A.J. Ellis both went deep with solo shots, lifting the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 6-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.
The win means the Cardinals’ lead in the National League Championship Series narrows to three-games-to-two. Game three will be played Friday night in Los Angeles with L.A.’s Clayton Kershaw (16-9) facing St. Louis rookie Michael Wacha (4-1).
Winning pitcher Zack Greinke and Jose Uribe also drove in runs for the Dodgers. Greinke allowed two runs and six hits over seven innings, striking out four batters and walking one.
Cardinals starter Joe Kelly left the game after five innings. Kelly gave up four hits and seven runs, with three strikeouts and no walks.
St. Louis recorded two runs in the third inning on a run-scoring triple by Carlos Beltran and an RBI double by Matt Holliday, and added two more in the ninth with RBI singles by Matt Adams and Pete Kozma.
In the American League Championship Series, the Detroit Tigers evened their best-of-seven series with Boston at two games apiece with a 7-3 home win on Wednesday night.
The Tigers jumped on Red Sox starter Jake Peavy for five runs in the second inning. Peavy worked three-plus innings, surrendering seven runs on five hits, and walking three batters.
Torii Hunter, Miguel Cabrera and Austin Jackson all drove home two runs for Detroit, and Jose Iglesias added an RBI. Cabrera, Jackson and Victor Martinez all recorded two doubles. Boston scored solo runs in the sixth, seventh and ninth innings on RBI base hits by Jacoby Ellsbury, Shane Victorino and Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
Game five will be played Thursday night in Detroit with the Tigers’ Anibal Sanchez facing Boston’s Jon Lester in a rematch of the starting pitchers in the series opener.