Gonzalez's homers help Dodgers stay alive
Adrian Gonzalez of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after hitting an eighth inning home run against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game Five of the National League Championship Series at Dodger Stadium on October 16, 2013 in Los Angeles, California
Gonzalez's 428-foot blast in the third inning was the first home run of the National League Championship Series for the Dodgers, who cut the Cardinals' lead in the best-of-seven set to 3-2.
The playoff now shifts to St. Louis for game six on Friday. The Cardinals need to win one of the next two to reach their second World Series in three years.
The Dodgers played like a desperate team Wednesday, busting out of their hitting slump by belting four home runs in game five. Heading into Wednesday's game they were batting just .223 as a team.
Carl Crawford and AJ Ellis also hit homers for the Dodgers, who finished 11 games ahead of Arizona to win the NL West Division this year.
Greinke appeared to be in for a short outing Wednesday as he loaded the bases in the first inning in front of a crowd of 53,183 at Dodger Stadium.
But the 29-year-old Greinke worked through it and eventually got Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina to hit into a double play to end the inning, stranding the three baserunners.
Greinke allowed two runs on six hits and struck out four in seven innings. He also chipped in at the plate with an RBI single in the second inning. It was one of two runs the Dodgers got in that inning to open the scoring in the contest.
The Dodgers are trying to become just the second team in NLCS history to rally from an 0-2 series deficit to win. The Cardinals did it in 1985 against Los Angeles.