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Did you know? NLCS Game 5: LAD 6, STL 4

Did you know? NLCS Game 5: LAD 6, STL 4

Did you know? NLCS Game 5: LAD 6, STL 4

A look at some notable facts and figures from the Los Angeles Dodgers' 6-4 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday.

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• In last year's National League Championship Series, the Cardinals got out to a 3-1 lead over the Giants only to watch it slip away in three straight losses to the eventual World Series champions. As the series shifts back to St. Louis, the Cards will look to avoid a similar skid, needing just one win at home to reach a second World Series in three years.

Dodgers going deep
Most homers by the Dodgers in a postseason game
Opponent Date Game HR
Cardinals 10/15/2013 NLCS 5 4
Phillies 10/4/1978 NLCS 1 4
Yankees 10/12/1977 WS 2 4
Braves 10/7/2013 NLDS 4 3
Phillies 10/21/2009 NLCS 5 3
Cubs 10/1/2008 NLDS 1 3
Cardinals 10/7/2004 NLDS 2 3
Yankees 10/10/1978 WS 1 3
White Sox 10/8/1959 WS 6 3
White Sox 10/2/1959 WS 2 3
Yankees 10/2/1955 WS 5 3
Yankees 10/1/1955 WS 4 3
Yankees 9/30/1953 WS 1 3
Yankees 10/1/1952 WS 1 3
Yankees 10/7/1949 WS 3 3
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• One day after the Cardinals belted two long balls, the Dodgers followed suit with four homers Wednesday. Adrian Gonzalez went deep twice, and A.J. Ellis and Carl Crawford added one each. The Dodgers hit four or more home runs twice during the regular season (four at Colorado on July 3 and six vs. Arizona on Sept. 9).

• If the Dodgers are able to take both games in St. Louis, they would become just the 12th Major League team to come back from a 3-1 deficit to win a best-of-seven playoff series. The Cards are the only team to have been on the losing end of that series turnaround more than once, and it happened four times, in the 1968 and '85 World Series and the '96 and 2012 NLCS.

• This postseason, St. Louis lefty reliever Randy Choate has retired all of the batters he has faced, securing eight outs on just 20 pitches.

• With a 1-2-3 eighth inning, Brian Wilson preserved his 0.00 ERA through 16 career postseason games, and he extended his scoreless-innings streak in this year's postseason to six. Only John Rocker (20 2/3) and Joe Niekro (20) have thrown more October innings without surrendering an earned run.

Fear the Beard
Most postseason innings without allowing an earned run
Rank Pitcher Years App. Inn.
1. J. Rocker 1998-2001 20 20 2/3
2. J. Niekro 1980-87 3 20
3. B. Wilson 2010-13 16 17 2/3
4. J. McGinnity 1905 2 17
5. D. Cook 1996-2000 19 16 1/3
6. D. Mails 1920 2 15 2/3

Edward Mujica made his second appearance of the postseason Wednesday, and he allowed a solo homer to Ellis. The embattled former closer has allowed 10 earned runs in his last 11 innings pitched.

• After leaving 27 runners on base in the first four games of this series, the Dodgers stranded just two runners Wednesday.

• The Dodgers' six runs were the most by either team in this series. The 10 runs between both clubs was also the highest offensive output through five games.

• The Cardinals went 10-for-35 on Wednesday and are now batting .178 (29-for-163) in the NLCS. St. Louis entered Game 5 with the second-lowest average of any LCS team in Major League history at .148. The Cards could still hit the lowest mark by an LCS winner, which was set at .183 by Oakland in 1974.

• Though they left Los Angeles with a loss, the Cardinals' top three hitters showed some signs of life for the struggling St. Louis offense. Matt Carpenter, Carlos Beltran and Matt Holliday combined to go 6-for-11 with two RBIs and a walk Wednesday.

• The 6-4 win marked the first victory for Zack Greinke this postseason. He has limited opposing batters to a .187 average (14-for-75) with two walks and 17 strikeouts in three starts.

Chad Thornburg is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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