Cardinals force Game 5 vs. Phillies; Diamondbacks, Brewers at 2-all
October 5, 2011 10:26PM
Matt Holliday (left) and David Freese celebrate Freese’s two-run homer in the sixth inning Wednesday. | Jeff Roberson~AP
Updated: November 16, 2011 9:46AM
Roy Oswalt had an early lead, had won big games in St. Louis in his many years with the Houston Astros and had never lost a postseason start.
So much for all that history.
David Freese homered, doubled and drove in four runs as the host Cardinals roughed up Oswalt and beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-3 on Wednesday, forcing a deciding fifth game in their playoff series.
Roy Halladay, who won the opener for the Phillies, will face Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter on Friday in Philly.
Oswalt gave up five runs and six hits in six innings. He walked one batter and hit another, and they both scored.
Oswalt lamented squandering an early 2-0 lead.
‘‘It’s good to get some early runs for sure,” he said. ‘‘I felt pretty comfortable after that — just two bad pitches.”
The Phillies scored two in the first off Edwin Jackson on a double by Jimmy Rollins, a triple by Chase Utley and a single by Hunter Pence. But the inning fizzled when Pence was thrown at second on an attempted steal. Jackson shut down the Phillies over the next six
The Cardinals took the lead in the fourth when Oswalt walked Lance Berkman, hit Matt Holliday on the
elbow and gave up Freese’s two-run double down the left-field line. Freese made it 5-2 in the sixth with a two-out homer that scored Holliday.
D-backs, Brewers at 2-all
Ryan Roberts hit a grand slam in the first inning and Chris Young had the first two-homer game in the Arizona Diamondbacks' postseason history as they beat the Milwaukee Brewers 10-6 to force Game 5 in the other NL division series.
A day after pasting the Brewers 8-1, the D-backs struck quickly and often in Game 4, scoring five runs in the first off Randy Wolf.
The Diamondbacks became the second team — with the 1977 Dodgers — to hit grand slams in consecutive playoff games.
The finale Friday will be a rematch of Game 1 between 21-game winner Ian Kennedy of the D-backs and fellow righty Yovani Gallardo.