Seems the Dodgers want to keep playing.
Using the sudden power of the solo home run and a terrific turnaround pitching performance from Zack Greinke, the Dodgers lived to fight another day with their 6-4 victory Wednesday afternoon over the Cardinals in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series.
The victory staved off elimination, but still leaving the Cardinals up three games to two in the best-of-seven series.
After taking a day off Thursday, the series is scheduled to resume Friday with Game 6 in St. Louis.
The score was tied 2-2 when the Dodgers suddenly discovered their new love affair with the solo home run.
Adrian Gonzalez started it with a shot in the third, Carl Crawford added another in the fifth, A.J. Ellis joined the party with one in the seventh, and Gonzalez apparently enjoying his first one so much, that he added another one in the eighth.
In the first four games of the series, the Dodgers had exactly zero home runs.
The four home runs in a single game ties the club postseason record, accomplished twice before.
Greinke struggle with his control early. He had to pitch out of a bases-loaded jam in the first and then gave up a pair of runs in the third, but then never allowed another baserunner in his seven innings.
Kenley Jansen made things interesting in the ninth, giving up a pair of runs four hits before catching pinch-hitter Adron Chambers looking at a third strike with runners on first and second.
Here is an inning-by-inning recap of the NLCS Game 5:
Dodgers 6, Cardinals 4 (end of ninth, final):
The Cardinals got their first hit since the third inning when Matt Holliday's fly to right field was apparently lost in the sun by Yasiel Puig, who stabbed late and short for the ball. Then he trotted back after it as Holliday took second.
Matt Adams lined a single to center to score Holliday, but Kenley Jansen made it interesting after striking out Yadier Molina by giving up a single to Jon Jay. He struck out David Freese before Pete Kozma delivered a run-scoring single to right field. Jansen then struck out pinch-hitter Adron Chambers, who watched an outside pitch for strike three.
Dodgers 6, Cardinals 2 (end of eighth):
The Dodgers scored one more via -- do they know any other way? -- the solo home run.
Adrian Gonzalez enjoyed his first one so much, he added another. This one coming against John Axford with two outs in the eighth.
Three more outs and they head back to St. Louis.
Dodgers , Cardinals 0 (middle of eighth);
Brian Wilson followed his beard to the mound and then promptly retired the Cardinals in order. The last 16 Cardinals have now gone down.