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National League Division Series Capsules (Wednesday, October 5th)
Final Score: St. Louis 5, Philadelphia 3
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - David Freese finished 2-for-3 with a two-run home run and drove in four as the St. Louis Cardinals forced a fifth and deciding game in their NL Division Series with a 5-3 decision over Philadelphia. Skip Schumaker added two hits with a run scored and Lance Berkman posted an RBI double and scored once for the Cardinals, who recovered from Tuesday's 3-2 loss to even the set at two games apiece. Making his first postseason start, Edwin Jackson (1-0) overcame a shaky first inning, settling down to scatter five hits and two runs while fanning four in six innings. Jason Motte completed a six-pitcher effort by turning in a perfect ninth to earn his second save. Chase Utley posted an RBI triple and Hunter Pence notched a run-scoring single - both in the first inning - for the Phillies, who are facing a deciding playoff contest for the first time in 30 years. Roy Oswalt (0-1) was tasked with helping send the five-time defending NL East champions into the next round. He ultimately failed, charged in defeat with five runs on six hits despite five strikeouts over six full frames. The deciding contest will be Friday night in Philadelphia.
Final Score: Arizona 10, Milwaukee 6
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Ryan Roberts hit a grand slam in the first inning, but that was only the beginning of a power display that led the Diamondbacks to a 10-6 victory over the Brewers and sent their National League Division Series to a fifth game. Needing another win at home to send the series back to Milwaukee, Arizona also received two homers from Chris Young and a solo blast by Aaron Hill. It was a familiar script for the Diamondbacks, who won Game 3 on Tuesday, 8-1, thanks to a grand slam by Paul Goldschmidt. Arizona had scored just five runs in the first two games, but has the chance for a comeback victory in the series. The decisive Game 5 is set for Friday at Miller Park. Ian Kennedy will get the ball for the Diamondbacks and Yovani Gallardo pitches for Milwaukee. Milwaukee never caught up Wednesday after starter Randy Wolf (0-1) allowed seven runs in three innings, though Carlos Gomez hit a two-run homer and Corey Hart came several feet from a grand slam.